Charter School North Dulwich aims to be free of single-use plastic by 2021. Already the school caterers use compostable packaging for most of the food sold. Bottled water remains the single biggest use of plastic in the school - more than 600 bottles are bought at the school every day - and the next step is to replace plastic water bottles with new water stations, reusable bottles that pupils can fill themselves and new piping for the water fountains. The Friends are campaigning to raise funds for the new water stations and reusable bottles so that all pupils can be plastic bottle free. Some pupils buy a bottle of water every day. By using a refillable bottle, filled for free at the refill stations, the school will reduce its plastic waste by more than a tonne each year. Installing sufficient new refill stations and water fountains will cost £27k. The school can only afford half of this so the Friends of Charter School are fundraising to raise the other half.
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Why it's a great idea:
Manufacturing plastic bottles uses millions of barrels of oil and transporting bottled water produces large amounts of carbon emissions. Putting your plastic waste in the recycling bin doesn't guarantee that it will be recycled; much of the UK's recycling is sent to China and other parts of Asia and recent research has found that much of it may end up being dumped rather than recycled. It can then have devastating impacts on the local environment. This project will: - Reduce plastic waste by more than a tonne a year - Encourage students to stay better hydrated, improving their concentration and performance - Deliver an awareness raising campaign, led by the school's Student Council, to encourage pupils to reduce their plastic waste.
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