Dibrell Elementary is putting a wrap on it.
Students at the school are attempting to raise awareness about the plastic bag pandemic by encircling the school with them.
The students are in the class of science teacher Dorian Loeffler.
“We don’t know how many bags there are,” said student Madison Brown. “Mr. Loeffler said several thousand. I know it took us hours to unravel the bags, tie them together and wrap the school. We didn’t take time to count them. We’re trying to send a message about the abundance of plastic bags and the damage it’s doing to the environment.”
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family takes home 1,500 plastic bags a year. Americans use and throw away 100 billion plastic bags every year. Only approximately 10 percent are recycled.
“We want people to recycle what they use and stop using plastic bags to carry just one or two items,” said Sadie Simmons. “We call those single-use plastic bags, if it just has one or two items in it. If you don’t need a plastic bag, then don’t use one.”
Prompting the push to raise awareness was a video of the damaging effects of plastic bags on the environment. The video depicted the Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex. Scientists estimate every square mile of ocean contains approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.
Students began collecting single use bags several months ago and were able to encircle the school before the end of the year.
“I really didn’t pay attention to how many single-use bags my family uses until we did this,” said student Alaura Bivens. “It was quite a few. Now, we try to be more conscious about those and refrain from doing that. It doesn’t take much to reduce your use of plastic bags once you stop to think about it.”
Also participating in the bag collection/ wrapping effort were students Olivia Grissom, Ana Pryor, Caitlyn Sawyer, Haylea Owen, Bailey Glenn, Carlie Davis, Peyton Bond, Rachel Bell, Carley Grissom, Alyssa Boles, Andrea McCormick, Rheagan Woodlee, Latresa Smith, Rhealee Johnson, Katie Johnson, Chloe Pigate, Easton Snider, Briley Green, Hunter Burch and Lily Guenther.
The bags were placed Tuesday and a tie-off ceremony held at the front of the school.