Eco Club Start Positive Change
Our Eco Club, led by Mr Kidwell, have embarked upon changing the attitude and culture towards plastic bottles at the Academy. Very much in line with the Co-op itself, the students involved believe that plastic waste has become a massive environmental issue, and they have decided to do something about it. In a bid to reduce the amount of plastic waste at the Academy, the Eco Club decided to source a reusable bottle and have begun to sell them to staff and students at break and lunch times.
Year 9 student Ashton said: “We are selling these reusable bottles on the main street after the holidays. They only cost £1 and you can customise them with your name and a doodle with a permanent marker when you buy one.No more getting bottles confused with your classmates. No more losing bottles (if you do, then we will return them to you). And no more bins full of harmful plastic bottles.”
Mr Kidwell added: “Use a reusable bottle! There will be plenty of water fountains around the academy and our water is free – and free from floating toxic plastic bits.”
This is just one part of the work that the Eco Club do as they also set up recycling units up during break and lunch, as well as litter pick every day. The students have provided a positive spark to help start a positive change at the Academy, and change the way that we think about plastic and its effect on the environment. So say no to your throw-away plastic bottles, and yes to our own Academy water bottle!
Some facts from our Eco Club…
- Drinking ‘a bottle’ of water has the same impact on the environment as driving a car for one kilometre.
- It is estimated that 13 billion plastic bottles of water were sold in the UK of which only 3 billion were recycled.
- Plastic makes up approximately 90 percent of all rubbish floating on the ocean’s surface.
- Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form. If your bottle isn’t recycled, then it will still be around when your great-great-great-great grandchildren are alive, about 450 years from now.