1: Concerns re single use plastics in sanitary products provided at Breadalbane Academy.
2: Concerns re vaping at the school in general, and the plastic waste it can generate
Julie C raised this. She has a child who attends Breadalbane school. Sanitary products are now made available in all schools in Scotland. Obviously for hygiene reasons there needs to be individual wrapping, but nearly all involve single use plastic wrapping. We discussed alternatives. Compostable wrapping is probably an improvement but is still far from perfect, depending on which type is used. In the long run re-usable options such as moon-cups and washable pads are good but may be more difficult for girls to manage in the school setting. We were also not sure how many girls know about such options, and whether they are covered when girls are taught about menstruation and its management in schools.
We also discussed vaping, which is apparently widespread at the school, despite the fact it is not allowed there. Concerns were expressed about the harm it can do, as well as the waste it creates.
Julie will contact the school’s Parent Council to discuss sanitary products provided and to ask about education in their use and will also discuss vaping. She may also contact the Aberfeldy Climate Café which is now fully up and running again.
Carol will contact members of the PKC Climate Action Team, in particular Viv Milford, from the Waste Management Team, to see what they know about sanitary products provided free in this area-or if they have any recommendations.
The reply from Ana De Miguel PKC waste team –
Single Use Sanitary products: Definitely the best option will be to change to reusables, however more education will be needed to explain the options, period pans, cups and reusable cloth pads. There is some information at the Zero Waste Scotland Website Trial Period | Zero Waste Scotland
But the best option for information and more sustainable products is ‘Hey girls website’. They work specially with the Public Sector and Schools, providing education and products, see more in the link hey girls | Award Winning Period Product Social Enterprise
Vaping: Vaping is a growing problem from the health and the environmental point of view. Earlier this week, Perth & Kinross Council voiced their support for a ban on single-use, disposable vapes. For now, they are asking people to dispose of the whole vaping kit with your electrical recycling at recycling centres.
There are already two regional hubs in existence, the Highlands and Islands Climate Hub, (covering the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland) and the NESCAN Hub (covering Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) Both were set up in 2021.
At the moment Perth and Kinross already has a network through the efforts of our PKC Climate Change & Sustainable Development team and Climate Cafes, but it is not formally aligned to SCCAN. During a number of discussions regarding either having a Tayside wide hub, or a Perth & Kinross Hub, Louise Harvey has mentioned Perth & Kinross can be a Hub too alongside all the others around Scotland. Discussions are still ongoing.
Dates for the rest of 2023: The recent Repair Cafe on Sunday 4th June is the last one before the summer break of 2 months to return again in September. Then they resume on 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November and 3rd December.
Pitlochry Station was shortlisted in the World Cup of Stations by Tim Dunn, Railway Historian. 1,200 stations in the UK have Community Groups, 100 were nominated and 48 made the shortlist, key to this is the Bookshop which has just raised £400,000 for its charities selling donated books.
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