Projects - Anti Plastics Campaign
Together with the Island Government, STENAPA is working
to reduce the plastic wastes on Statia. The project
endeavours to encourage local residents to reduce their
plastic wastage by providing an alternative in the form
of reusable fabric bags. The eco-bags will be of no
cost to island residents and will be available to every
household. The anti-plastics campaign started in June
2005 with talks about environmental impacts of plastic
bags at schools and a contest to create a jingle and
a logo for the campaign.
Benjamin Boyce’s (Seventh Day Adventist School
– Grade 5) entry was chosen for the best logo.
Wendy Collins, local artist, was judging the competition
and said “This entry is well drawn and eye catching.
It really projects the message the plastic wastes campaign
is trying to convey”
Greida Gibbs’ (Golden Rock School – Grade
5) entry was chosen for the best jingle. Her entry was
concise and cleverly structured. Zhivago Lopes (a.k.a. Private) produced the jingle, which aired twice daily on PJR1 91.5FM.
The winning logo and jingle were used to produce an
educational poster that has been displayed in every
school classroom and every shop distributing plastic
STENAPA purchased large cotton reusable ‘eco-bags’
suitable for grocery shopping and the logo was printed
and sewn onto cotton bags by seamstresses on Statia
between January-March 2006. Between April and June,
two bags were delivered to every household on Statia.
School children also received a bag.
The Government has co-sponsored this project. In September
2005, the Lieutenant Governor Mr Hyden Gittens and Manager
of STENAPA, Nicole Esteban, went on a two hour tour
to visit owners of 14 shops in Statia. The aim of the
visits was to brief shop owners about the ongoing plastic
bags campaign managed by the Government and STENAPA.
Shop owners were unanimous in their support for the
campaign and all agreed to display the poster and to
stock the eco-bags to sell to customers who come to
shops without a bag. The Governor informed shop owners
that this campaign is a move to reduce the use of plastic
bags, which have impacts on both the beauty and environment
of Statia. In future, an import tax will be levied on
plastic bags to further encourage shops to start charging
for plastic bags and encourage the public to use their