Raquel Crites

May 2015
San Lorenzo High School

Raquel Crites is the EarthTeam student of the month for May 2015. Raquel has participated in the Zero Litter after school internship at San Lorenzo High School where she is a junior, soon to be senior. While Raquel stands out for many reasons, we're highlighting her for her leadership around the Change.org petition she helped spearhead to reduce waste on the San Lorenzo High School campus. 

Working together with a team of other interns, Raquel collected litter data on campus finding the most common item to be a plastic straw wrapper from the juicebox manufacturer Apple & Eve. After discussing options for action, Raquel's idea to start a Change.org petition to ask Apple & Eve to change their packaging to be more environmentally friends caught fire and went into development. Students wrote and designed the petition to explain their findings and articulate potential solutions to the company Apple & Eve and launched the petition. 

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Within days of it's launch the petition had received support from people around the world. Comments flooded in with people echoing the student's sentiments and encouraging alternatives to plastic straw wrappers. Over 7,000 people to date signed the petition which has come back to their campus to make change close to home where the idea was born. 

We commend Raquel for sparking a great idea and working together with an amazing group of other students at San Lorenzo High School to make a change on their campus.