I recently became a member of local public speaking course (Toastmaster). My first project there was to present a speech (5-7 min) that is clear and easy to understand. I wanted to talk about reusable bottles and in particular, stainless steel bottles. I thought “If the speech needs to be simple I should present it as I’m in front of primary school kids.” Then I thought “Kids love puppet shows and pretend play, so it will be good to have two characters in a play”. That’s how came the idea about Plasti & Steeli. Plasti represents the disposable plastic bottles and Steeli represents the reusable stainless steel bottles. I think you can use this play as an educational tool at home, at school , community centres, churches etc. I used it together with a Power Point presentation that emphasised my message to the audience. Here is the play:
Plasti: Hi, I’m Plasti.
Steeli: And I’m Steeli. How are you today, Plasti?
Plasti: I’m good today but I’m not sure about tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m going to the landfill, you know the rubbish tip with all the yucky waste that goes there. One nice lady bought me from the shop and brought me here. I thought I finally found a family, everyone here seems very nice, but she is going to throw me in the rubbish bin and from there the garbage man will take me to the landfill. I heard it’s very dirty, smelly and lonely there. I can just stay there for hundreds of years and leak nasty chemicals into the soil and water underneath. Oh well, what about you, how are you going?
Steeli: Oh, I think I’m better then you, Plasti. I’m very durable you know, very strong. That’s why people like to use me many times and I last for years and years. Someday they might throw me away but I’m much easier to recycle than you. Do you know that you can also be recycled but only 36% of your brothers and sisters in Australia are recycled? The rest, as you said, at best ends up in landfill – at worst, they litter our waterways and oceans.
Plasti: I also heard that when they make me, transport me or recycle me there is lots of pollution.
Steeli: Oh yea, people told me that 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions go in the air when people do that. Plus, a huge amount of oil is used to produce plastic bottles like you. You know that’s what they call non-renewable resource, which means that one day the oil is going to finish and there won’t be anymore. But you see, I’m different, because I last longer and there are fewer bottles like me around. We produce less from the nasty emissions, we use less water for production and recycling and there are much less of us in the stinky, yucky landfill.
Plasti: Oh, I feel sorry for myself and all these people.
Steeli: Oh Plasti, don’t be, because today is your lucky day, I’m going to take you and put you in the recycle bin. You are going to be turned into a new beautiful bottle! You are not going to the landfill, Plasti!
Steeli: And you know what, it will be even better if all these nice people here have reusable bottles and cups instead of plastic ones. We are very lucky to have this room with kitchen, where tap water is available and we have these beautiful glasses that we can use , so we don’t need to use plastic bottles and cups anymore. It will take only 5 min to rinse our glasses and use them again next time. So this way, Plasti, next time when we have our Toastmaster meetings, we won’t throw away any of your brothers and sisters to the yucky landfill.
Plasti: Oh, look at you ,Steeli, you look beautiful. Your colours are so cool!
Steeli: Yes, I’m Plasti, I have great design, I’m very strong and I keep the water inside me cool for longer. People also save money when they buy bottles like me. It’s so easy, just fill me up with tap water and put me in your bag.
Plasti: That sounds great Steeli. Good luck to all your reusable brothers and sisters.
Steeli: Bye Plasti. I hope I can see less of plastic bottles like you around. Bye, bye!