Teodor, Filip and Damjan weren’t particularly bothered with environmental issues before realizing that all the trashcans in their schools were overfilled with used plastic bottles, every day, every week, all the time. In fact, the trashcans were so full that the plastic bottles were being thrown almost everywhere. So, even when students wanted to use a can to dump their empty water bottles, there was simply no place inside it.
“We had a choice to ask for more trashcans or for bigger trashcans. But we didn’t. We decided to try and influence our peers directly, since there are so many alternatives, that are more environmentally friendly, more economically sound or simply more practical,” Damjan says.
Their idea was to try and motivate other students in their school to carry reusable options such as thermos bottles instead of the plastic water or soda bottles.
“We surveyed students from our school and it turned out that on average every student dumps five empty plastic bottles per week. When you factor in that there are 800 students in our schools, it turns out that every week we leave some 4,000 plastic bottles that aren’t recycled,” Filip explains. “We even calculated that in average, each student spends about 3,750 denars per year on these refreshments. Imagine how much they can save if they bring their drinks from home.”