Cayman students have come up with a unique way to help the environment and inspire the community to reduce, reuse and recycle by collecting used plastic bottle caps and turning them into a work of art.

The schoolchildren are planning to create a large, eye-catching and vibrant public mural out the bottle caps they collect.

The Cayman Bottle Cap Drive is running at most schools on Grand Cayman, with students collecting plastic bottle caps from home, from around their communities and by beachcombing.

On March 23 next year, students and community volunteers will gather at the Cayman International School for a “Grand Cap Clean Up” of all the discarded caps collected.

“Grand Cayman is a beautiful island. If we want to protect our island home, we need to build new habits as a community. You are officially invited to join us as we make small daily changes and collect small plastic caps,” said Jessica Mittelman, an elementary art teacher at Cayman International School.

Ms. Mittelman said scientists have predicted that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, and that people in Cayman and around the world are rethinking the future of plastic by choosing to take action.

In Grand Cayman, residents are already implementing eco-friendly practices and displaying both resourcefulness and environmental awareness, she said.

Local artists, including John Broad, Kaitlyn Elphinstone and Marc Laurenson, will be part of the mural design and installation.

The public is invited to participate by collecting plastic caps and/or donating food or raffle prizes to the Grand Cap Clean Up event.

For more information, visit @CaymanBottleCapDrive on Instagram, or email [email protected]