BYO Schools Programme: inculcating BYO habits among the young

S.E.A. Aquarium is reaching out to schools in Singapore to encourage students to cut down on plastic disposables and in turn reduce plastic marine litter.

Plastic pollution affects at least 700 marine animal species. Annually, approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide, with more than one million bags being used every minute. We want to help children understand the positive effect they can have on marine life by reducing and eliminating single-use plastic in their lives.

To achieve this, we partnered Zerowaste SG on this new nationwide BYO (Bring Your Own) Schools Programme, where we educate and engage students on these subjects through assembly talks and exhibitions. At the same time, we want to encourage them to bring their own reusables (bottle, container, utensils or bag) and reduce plastic disposables in their school via a reward card system.

How it works:
When the students bring their own reusable items, bottles, bags, straws and containers and present them to the school canteen shop owner, they will receive a sticker for their reward card. When they have collected 10 stickers on the reward card, they will receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to enter a lucky draw to win tickets to S.E.A. Aquarium.

On 12 and 13 September 2017, we embarked on our first BYO Schools Programme at Bukit Panjang Primary School and Nan Hua Primary School.

Students of Bukit Panjang Primary eager to learn about BYO at the exhibition booth. Image credit: BYO Singapore
Differentiating between disposables and reusables. Image credit: BYO Singapore
Eugene Tay, founder of Zerowaste SG, explaining the concept of BYO and plastic waste to students.
Jim Hudson, Senior Manager of Conservation at S.E.A. Aquarium, kicks off the presentation at Nan Hua Primary with an overview of the aquarium and marine conservation.
After her presentation, Hailin answered many questions from students.

Response from the students have been very encouraging on both days. They asked plenty of questions (even after the presentation) and showed great enthusiasm in participating in the programme.

The BYO Schools Programme is open to all primary and secondary schools in Singapore. If you are an educator who would like to run the BYO Schools Programme in your school, please contact Hailin at hailin@zerowastesg.com for more information.

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