WWF-NL promotes plastic reduction through projects

The World Wide Fund for Nature the Netherlands (WWF-NL) has been committed to reducing single-use plastic for many years by carrying out projects. The most recent project includes an educational activity for the after-school care in Bonaire.

Coloring page contest © Sharon Bol

Coloring page contest

An educational activity was organized for school children between the ages of 4 and 12. The children received a short interactive presentation about single-use plastic and the damage to nature and people. Afterwards the children participated in a coloring page contest. The most beautiful coloring pages were rewarded with a prize, thanks to the sponsors Between2Buns, Jibe City, Gio’s Gelateria & Caffé, Top1Toys, Something Sweet and NOBO Bonaire. The after-school care providers who participated in the coloring contest are Dopey, Kristu Bon Wardador, Bon Kwido and Pelikaan. Roughly 150 children participated in this activity.

One of the sponsors, Jibe City, which donated prizes for the contest. © Sharon Bol

Beyond Plastics

In the period from 2012 to 2021, Boneiru Duradero, a sustainability initiative of WWF-NL in Bonaire, carried out several projects and supported the Public Entity Bonaire in developing the ban on single-use plastic. In 2022, the project name of Boneiru Duradero was changed to WWF Dutch Caribbean. In preparation of the ban on single-use plastics, WWF-NL introduced an E-Learning program on plastic reduction in March 2021 under the name Beyond Plastics.

Beyond Plastics is an accessible E-Learning program with listening modules in Papiamentu and English. The E-Learning program is free, so that everyone in Bonaire can learn more about the importance of plastic reduction. Beyond Plastics also offers a toolkit for tourism-related companies, with which they can make an inventory about their use of single-use plastics and learn about sustainable alternatives.