It is truly wonderful to come across inspired teachers such as Ms. Mirsini Sougioultzi and Ms. Vicky Triferi who teach at the 1o Γυμνάσιο (1st Middle School) in Xanthi, northern Greece. After watching the documentary A PLASTIC OCEAN, they wanted to create a visual with her 8th grade students to better understand the current wastefulness of Greek society. To do this they used single-use plastic bags to make two Christmas trees, the first was made with 400 single-use plastic bags, which is the number of single-use plastic bags consumed per person (including children) in Greece in 2016 (as reported by IELKA), and the second Christmas tree was made using only 40 bags, which is the per person EU target for the year 2025.
A picture is worth a thousand words. We really hope the newly introduced tax on single-use plastic bags in supermarkets will dramatically reduce this wastefulness.