Bunbury Cathedral Grammar moves towards a greener future with the introduction of recycled leavers jackets

Amy JohnstonBunbury Herald
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School's 2022 student executives Violet Dawes, Paige Snelling, Charlie Youngson and Abby Crossland are making sustainable changes.
Camera IconBunbury Cathedral Grammar School's 2022 student executives Violet Dawes, Paige Snelling, Charlie Youngson and Abby Crossland are making sustainable changes. Credit: Amy Johnston

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is looking towards a greener future as the 2022 student executive announces a new focus on the environment and sustainability.

The 2022 student executive council have decided to focus their efforts on ways they can implement more sustainable initiatives in the school, including 100 per cent recycled leavers jackets and toilet paper.

School captain Page Snelling said the environment was something all the group really cared about, and it was a fitting decision for this year’s focus.

“Our student executive is really passionate about the environment and wants to make the school a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place,” she said.

“We have organised with the school to switch to Who gives a Crap? toilet paper. This is 100 per cent recycled toilet paper, and 50 per cent of the proceeds go to providing developing countries with better sanitation and toilets.”

One of the more unique sustainable initiatives decided by the students included 100 per cent recycled leavers jackets.

“We have already started this by organising to get our leavers jackets made from completely recycled materials,” said Paige.

This was super exciting for us as we feel it sends out a great message displaying our values and goals for the year.”

School captain Charlie Youngson said all the Year 12 students were supportive of the idea.

“We were suggested the company, and we tested out a couple of different samples and I think everyone was really impressed and liked them,” he said.

“They will be made out of plastic bottles which have been recycled and turned into the fabric, which is cool.”

“It’s not any more expensive then the original leavers jackets so I think it would be a good initiative, not just for our Year 12s and future Year 12s, but other schools across the South West.”

Other sustainable swaps at the school will include the move towards recycled copy paper for all printing, recyclable Tupperware and food packaging in the canteen and recycling bins stationed thought the school.

Charlie Youngson said he’s looking forward to seeing the changes implemented not just physically but in the students attitudes too.

“I am super excited to be making a difference in our school. This year’s student executive is a wonderful team and I am sure that we will be able to have a positive impact on our school community and strive to be great role models,” he said.

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