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This is a guest post by Shorjoe Bhattacharya, President of ECoppell Club at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas, USA.

ECoppell Gives Out Reusable Bags

ECoppell Club on Earth-Fest Day hosted by City of Coppell on April 24th 2010

The Earth-Fest was organized by the City of Coppell from 10am to 2pm on April 24th, 2010. It turned out to be a bright, sunny, windy day – much like the spirit of the several hundreds of Coppellites that turned up. The Texas band (http://www.vocaltrash.net/) did a lot to keep the sprits up and get people in the mood to green the earth!

This is an event that is hosted every year by the City of Coppell and for more information about this event go to http://www.ci.coppell.tx.us/departments/departments-n-z/parks-and-recreation/special-events-and-activities/clean-coppell-earthfest. Lots of local people put up creative environmental friendly booths. Most of the booths are put up by adults. Ours was the only booth that was planned and executed by Coppell High School students who are part of ECoppell club.

We were there early to set up our booth. We had a tri-board set up that explained our goals, why it is essential to ban the use of plastic bags and what we have achieved so far. Our mission at this Earth-Fest was to spread the word around “Say NO to plastic bags”.

ECoppell club members spoke to at least 200 people that stopped by to listen to us about the negative effects of plastic bags as well as about our upcoming Marble-Slab ice-cream fundraising activity that we had set up for the week after Earth-Fest.

ECoppell Club at EarthFest Day

Brochures were handed out and our members presented in groups explaining why it was essential to not use plastic bags and how we all collectively could help reduce this problem.

We also had games set up for kids to participate while their parents were busy listening to our presentations. The kids were offered candy for participating in the game. I think they had more fun than all of us!! Little do they know what the world will be if we do not succeed in reducing the use of plastics!

All in all it was a successful event. It was really nice to see the enthusiasm of our club members. Our sponsor, Mrs. Mears of Coppell High School, was a big support for us (as usual!!). Not only did we manage to spread the word around but, in the process, we also made $150.00 in donations. We have some pictures to show you our club in action. As we write this report we also have completed the fundraising activity at Marble Slab and raised another $241.59.

Like Jimmy Dean says:
“I can’t change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Shorjoe Bhattacharya
President ECoppell

Read about ECoppell Club.
Photo courtesy: Shorjoe Bhattacharya

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12 Responses to Texas Teens Fight Plastic Bags

  1. Polythenepam

    2012/02/14 at 2:18 am

    Well done I hate the trouble plastic causes and I have been boycotting it for years now. Xx

  2. Ted Duboise

    2011/06/12 at 4:04 pm

    Sean,
    There is a food store that charges for plastic bags. A store called Save A Lot. There, you bag your own groceries and if you need a bag(s), they charge you three cents per bag.

  3. Jamie Aniston

    2011/05/30 at 7:31 pm

    This sets a very great way to start being green and be aware of what’s happening to our world right now. I am so proud and grateful that I am born in this generation for I think I can do something even if it’s small as long as it can help our mother Earth and I hope people will be a lot greener and eco-friendly as well as I am. Thank you so much for posting this. The Earth hour was quite a great experience.

    Jamie’s Last Post: NewEgg Intel Core i7

  4. alternative energy

    2011/04/15 at 12:58 am

    This act is one very noble thing for the members of the younger generation to take part in the refurbishment of the planet. With their early exposure to these kinds of activities, they can be one of the trusted and responsible citizens of the future. This is another job well done for these kids of initiating such act of awareness for the others to follow.

  5. Sean Cavanaugh

    2011/04/13 at 1:17 am

    David Walker mentioned that some UK supermarkets are now charging for plastic bags. Has anyone heard of a supermarket in the United States doing the same? I shop at Publix and they really push the sale of reusable bags, but I have yet to see any supermarket go as far as charging for plastic one’s.

    Sean
    Webmaster, http://www.gouttreatmenttip.com

  6. Roberta

    2011/04/12 at 1:56 pm

    With Earth Day 2011 coming up soon on April 22nd, I’m wondering if the kids at Coppell have a follow-up project planned for this year?

    Roberta
    Editor of http://womensfitnesstoday.com

  7. Wendy The ClutterFree

    2011/04/12 at 10:18 am

    I’m very impressed that Coppell’s teens got together on this issue. The youth of America are our future and everything they can do to help with the environmental mess we (meaning anyone over 30) have made, the better off we all will be.

    Kudos out to you guys!
    Wendy
    Owner: http://www.clutterfreelivingnow.com

  8. Jamal Stephens

    2011/04/07 at 3:54 pm

    It was great to read about a younger generation drawing attention to environmental issues. When it is their world to inherit, younger people can make a difference by inspiring others to start making smarter choices. The information is out there, but we all need to help spread it!

  9. David Walker

    2011/04/05 at 9:45 am

    Just to follow up on what Andy said, in the UK some supermarkets now charge for plastic bags and others are pushing a “bag for life” which can be reused. The problem seems to be there is not really a viable alternative to plastic bags despite the obvious negative impact it has on the environment.

  10. Martin the wind generator guy

    2011/04/05 at 5:48 am

    Fantastic what you are doing… Absolutely fantastic. It would be great to see more people here in Thailand walking out of a supermarket with carry bags (and not plastic bags). Maybe it’s worth contacting the owners of the big department stores and supermarkets etc and involving them, they might have a significant influence. Thanks :) Martin

  11. Walkfit

    2011/04/03 at 11:09 am

    I run a small store and we encourage our customers to bring their own reusable bags. We also provide biodigradeable bags whilst we’re trying to encourage people to move away from plastic bags and to bring their own.

    I applaud anyone trying to do something about the amount of plastic bags. I could also go on and on about unnecessary plastic packaging on everything!

  12. Andy

    2011/03/29 at 6:42 pm

    Way to go.
    I work in education over in the UK and we have done similar events over here.
    We seem to be very slow on catching on about the damage plastic bags can do. Supermarkets still supply them for free despite all the talk that you would have to buy them in future.
    Events such as yours raise awareness which can only be a good thing. Keep up the great work.