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    Can We Live without Single-use Plastic?

    By Lily Broadhurst, Year 7

    Single use plastic is any type of plastic that we get, use once and then immediately throw away (or possibly recycle).

    I think we can live without single use plastic. I think this because most single used plastic have an environmentally friendly or reusable alternative. Most people are not aware of how plastic is affecting the world. Most people will change their way of using plastic if aware of the damage they are causing. Commonly used plastic such as plastic straws are proved to be dangerous to animals and sea life such as turtles.

    Plastic bags are also one of the extremely common single used plastics that effects the health of sea life. Therefore, plastic bags currently cost 5p to purchase at any supermarket. 86% of people have now brought their own reusable bag because of this.

    As well as plastic affecting sea life, it also affects the ocean. Most plastic waste ends up in the sea; therefore, many fish digest the plastic and end up dying because of it. This means that the amount of fish that we eat are decreasing at a rapid rate.

    However, using plastic is quick and easy, therefore being the common choice. But by going through a small amount of struggle, our oceans will be a cleaner and a safer place in this world.

    What Happened to Thomas Cook?

    By Olivia Wydell, Year 10

    On 23rd September, Thomas Cook, a popular travel agency, went into liquidation after negotiations to save the firm came to no avail. This collapse put 9,000 jobs at risk and stranded over 155,000 UK tourists in foreign countries, who were on holiday using Thomas Cook at the time.

    But what is liquidation? It is a process where a company’s assets – anything of economic value to a company – are sold to repay creditors. The business is shut down and its name is removed from a register of companies called the Companies House.

    This collapse caused many disturbances for people who booked holidays with Thomas Cook, with many people missing important events. One woman, Michelle Burch, told the BBC that she had missed her son’s wedding as a result of a thirty-five hour delay for their flight home.

    At the Torch, one student’s relative had been locked in the hotel that she was staying at while the news was coming out of Thomas Cook’s collapse.

    Within the first few hours, 60,000 refund forms were submitted to them and the CAA – Civil Aviation Authority – responded that it would take approximately sixty days for customers to get their money back.

    Although it might not have been Thomas Cook’s fault that they were in this situation, it was handled unprofessionally; an unfortunate end to a once- popular company.

    Ketchup Controversy

    By Anonymous

    Tomato sauce/ketchup is one of the most popular condiments in England. However, have you ever considered where you store it? This may seem obvious, but you might find that your friend has a surprisingly different answer. On the bottle, it suggests keeping refrigerated, but many people prefer to keep it in a cupboard.

    Where do you keep your tomato sauce/ketchup? Here are some arguments for each side:


    • It says it on the bottle.
    • It can expire if not in the fridge.

    Not in the Fridge

    • It gets too thick and lumpy when in the fridge, so is difficult to work with when cooking.
    • It would make hot food cold when dipped into.

    These are the results from a survey I did:

    Where do you keep your ketchup? 55.4% in the fridge; 45.5% not in the fridge