GREEN TEAM: The Guardians of the Gladstone waterways
MIGHTY Green Team members from Clinton State School have worked hard to remove single-use plastic straws from the tuckshop and are now seeing their work come to fruition.
Clinton SS is a Reef Guardian school, meaning its school drains flow directly into reef waters - a responsibility students take seriously.
The Green Team is made up of seven Year 6 students and teacher Leah Mann, who have been working on their plastic straw eradication program through the year.
"The girls brainstormed their ideas, researched and then put together a presentation to lobby the P&C. It was rejected first but that was based on that we had excess stock," Ms Mann said.
"We got some feedback and the counter measure was that we'd purchase (the straws) off them and use them as maths or craft resources.
"We then donated paper straws so there was no loss to the tuckshop."
Student Maddyson La Cioppa said the students got their inspiration after a trip to Curtis Island.
"We had just been to Curtis Island and they were talking about plastic and we did a beach clean-up," she said.
"We found out how many turtles and other sea animals like dolphins and seagulls have been suffering from plastic straws so we decided to do some research about it."
Classmate Ella Kershaw said the school had replaced "around 1000" straws from the tuckshop alone.
"It takes one straw to kill an animal so we wanted to help the reef by getting rid of the plastic straws," she said.
"This will save a lot of animals that we love viewing. I feel very good about myself and the Green Team."
The single-use plastic straw replacement program will run alongside the school's successful Nude Food program where students are rewarded for no single-use plastics in their lunch boxes.
Students are encouraged to bring their food in containers rather than wrapped.
Green Team members hand out raffle tickets each Tuesday to students who have nude food in their lunch boxes to go into a lucky draw.