Copenhagen Visit – March 2019

How can we solve the problem of plastic?

In March 2019, the Tallinn European School and the European School of Helsinki came together at the European School of Copenhagen. The aim of the visit is to bring students from each school to work collaboratively to solve the problem of plastic.

Students will reflect on their work each day and share their progress here. We hope you can learn along with them as they share their journey!

Eco: Shodiya, Saimi, Alex, and Mia

Green Piece: Julien, Juli, Liam, and Alana

Save Our Planet Smurfs (SOPS): Violeta, Sofie, Mati, and William

Day 3: Guest Speaker, Group Work, and Team Building

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What did we do today?

This morning, we had a talk from a member of the European Environment Agency about plastic. He gave us lots of new information to think about and gave us great advice about our projects. We worked hard on our projects and we are nearly ready to present tomorrow. In the afternoon, we repeated the same team building activities from the first day and were amazed by how much we had improved!

How well did we work as a team?

We are working much better as a team. We improved in our team building and this has helped us in the classroom. We now know how to listen to each other and improve our ideas as a team. This is much better than at the beginning of the week when we just talked over each other.

What new things did we learn about teamwork and projects this week?

Mia: I learnt that it is sometimes hard to listen to other people’s ideas.

Saimi: I learnt that to be a good team member you need to listen to others.

Alex: I’ve learnt that with team work you have to talk to each other.

Juli: Screaming at each other is not going to help with anything when you’re working as a team.

William: I learnt that you should never give up

Matti: It is actually pretty fun to work together in a team.

Shodiya: I learnt that it’s better to work together than to sit and do nothing.

Liam: I learnt to work really well together with Julien. We made mistakes, we corrected them and ended up having a lot of fun.

Alana: It takes a lot of work to do a project. I also agree with Mia.

Julien: Even it looks easy to make videos, it’s really difficult. You have to make mistakes and keep filming to make a great video.

Violeta: To work well together as a team you need to be supportive of the other people.

Sofie: I learnt that to work in a team means you need to be okay to make mistakes. It’s   really fun to work with people and listen to their ideas

Is there anything else you would like people reading our blog to know?

Make sure to read our final projects! We have had a lot of fun and learn lots about the environment.

Day 2: Plastic-Free Supermarket and Group Work

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What did we do today?

Today we had an exciting visit to a plastic free supermarket in Copenhagen called Løs. We interviewed the owner and found out about why being plastic free is so important. Next, we identified possible ways to reduce, recycle and substitute plastic. Each group chose a project to focus on. We will be working on these for the rest of the week and then present to Copenhagen Primary section.

SOPS: Videos showing people different things they can make from plastic bottles.

Greenpiece: A website showing shops the steps to becoming plastic free.

Eco: Organising a competition between classes to encourage the recycling of plastic.

How well did we work as a team?

The groups are improving their communication and cooperation skills. Now they know each other better, they are finding it easier to discuss and share ideas.

How could we improve tomorrow as a group?

Some groups need to stay focused on their project aims.

What new things did we learn?

Mia ‘I learnt about how we can all make a difference.’

Alex ‘Every second 308kg of waste is thrown into the ocean.’

Matti ‘You don’t always have to use a plastic bag in the supermaket.’

Sofie ‘There are loads of ways to recycle plastic bottles.’

Vio ‘There are lots of substitutes for plastic.’

William  ‘Paint can dry in weird positions. You can also make paper out of stone.’

Shodiya and Saimi ‘Each second 308kg of waste goes in the water.’

Juli ‘Netto said they were environmentally friendly but used lots of plastic.’

Alana ‘Shops use lots of plastic unintentionally for example plastic bags.’

Liam ‘I didn’t know that plastic free shops even existed.’

Julien ‘I learnt about the plastic wasted in the sea.’

Is there anything else you would like people reading the blog to know?

Keep reading our blog to see how our projects develop!

Plastic free supermarket:

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Day 1: Team Building, Brainstorming, and Beeswax Wraps

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What did we do today?

We wrote on post it notes what the problems are with plastic, we had a school tour and also walked around the school and noted what things were made of plastic. We also tried to cross the tumble room with circular pads and made reusable sandwich wraps from bee wax and old t-shirts as a substitute for plastic.

How well did we work as a team?

We worked well together but we didn’t talk to each other so much.

How could we improve tomorrow as a group?

I think that tomorrow as a group we could talk more together and also share our ideas more. I think we will work better tommorrow as we will know each other better.

 What new things did we learn?

We learnt how to make reusable wrappers.

Green Piece

What did we do today?

We made food wrappers out of old t-shirts and beeswax, and it was pretty awesome. First we cut out a piece of t-shirt and then we ripped pieces of beeswax and put it on top of the fabric. Then we melted the beeswax with an iron and then soaked it in cold water and then it was finished. We also did some team building trying to get from one place to another whilst working together and we had limited materials to do so.

How well did we work as a team?

We worked well when we were doing the team building today, working as a team getting from one side to the other in a line with materials. We also worked well when we were identifying problems about plastic and where we see and use a lot of it. We worked hard as a team and tried our best.

How could we improve for tomorrow as a group?

We could improve on sharing our ideas and sharing supplies and not shouting at each other when we did the team building. When we were doing the  beeswax wraps we could have helped each other do it. We could also make roles and switch them everyday so no one is stuck with the same role the whole week.

What new things did we learn today?

We learned how to work together as team when we needed to solve problems. We also learned how to make wraps for food out of old t-shirts and beeswax. We learned that we should have roles to keep our group sustained and keep us on track.

Extra facts about today.

Today was the first day that we got to meet everyone from all the schools and the people doing the project. We also learned everyone’s names, favourite things, things they dislike, and what teams we are going to be in for the rest of the week.


What did we do today?

In the morning we were brainstorming different ways to use less plastic and looking at the ways plastic poses a problem. Then we took a walk around the school, spotting plastic, and we found out that the kitchen and the copy room had the most plastic. After that we did some team building in which we had to go across the room and back without touching the floor. Our materials were a mat, and 5 different small stools that we could step on. Then we came back to our meeting place to make water-proof food wraps by ironing beeswax onto T-shirts. Now we can use this instead of things like cling film.

How well did we work as a team?

We think that we worked pretty well together by putting our ideas together to make a better one, but we still think that we could improve a lot.

How could we improve for tomorrow as a group?

We could improve by listening more to each other and making sure that everyone is involved in what we are doing, and concentrating a bit more.

What new things did we learn?

We learned that there are lots of things that you can use instead of plastic. We also learned how big of a problem plastic is, like how a dead whale was found with 64 pounds of rubbish in its stomach.

Is there anything else we would like people reading the blog to know?

We would like them to know how bad of a problem plastic is, and how we need to work together to stop using plastic soon.