Because the kids and teacher didn’t want to throw away that plastic lid, students came up with the plan to use it as a bench
Scientists say we’re choking to death on our plastic bags, but a Nebraska elementary school is trying to stay ahead of the growing problem by recycling plastic lids into a new bench.
Students at Leonard’s Eights elementary school in Lexington set to work by starting with recycling totes, which are common for students on trips to the store. Because the totes were a waste, and the plastic lids remained, the sixth-graders came up with the plan of using them as new seats for the stools they had been using on the playground.
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They made 575 lids by melting them down and adding water to create a hard-plastic coating. Then the lids were cut up and ready to be used.
They used four plastic lids for each chair and distributed them to other classrooms as well. In the end, the second-floor class came up with the idea of using plastic lids as benches.
So on Thursday, each 6th-grade teacher gave a lids made from recycled totes to the 6th-graders. The 15 lids in each classroom served about five dozen students and second-graders in their classrooms.
In the school’s History Room, students learned about the town’s environmental leaders, including its first mayor, Pat Edmonds. Edmonds had used plastic lids as benches and recyclable “teucra corn paper” as a material to collect and recycle waste.
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