A team made up of seven students from around Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is making some noise in the world of investment competition.
JHS students create “coral reef” out of trash and suggest ways to reduce plastic
Students in the Earth Corps club at Juanita High School wanted to draw attention to the amount of single-use plastic in King County and around the world.
In December, after months of research, the students wrote in an article for King County Green Schools:
“In 2019, plastic alone accounted for 14% of King County’s total waste disposed (2019 King County Waste Characterization Report). This metric does not include the plastic that is carelessly dumped into our public spaces, much of which is single-use plastic that ends up in our waterways. The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050, plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean, not including all the plastic that remains on land (Washington Post).”
To illustrate the prevalence of plastic, students re-used trash they found around their homes to create sea creatures with a “coral reef” theme.
The students suggested that consumers ask businesses how they are minimizing waste. They also shared the King County website, “What Do I Do With…,” which residents can use to make sure they are disposing of waste correctly. Students contacted their state legislators to share concerns and are following the status of bills concerning plastics pollution during this legislative session.
Their request for students and adults who see their art: “With our project in mind, we ask you to consider taking steps towards reducing the use of single-use plastics in your daily life to leave a cleaner planet for future generations.”