Around 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of preventable single-use plastic waste. Now, students and staff from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Horncastle, Lincolnshire are doing their bit for the environment by cutting the use of single-use water bottles in school.
In the UK, over 5 million tonnes of plastic is consumed each year, yet only one quarter of this is recycled. Plastic waste can last centuries in landfill and often ends up as litter in the natural environment, polluting soils, rivers and oceans where it can harm natural habitats, wildlife and, ultimately, end up in the food chain.
Following an impassioned plea from the student council, Castle Water donated reusable water bottles which can be refilled from various water fountains located around the school.
Hayden, a member of the Student Council at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, explained: “Many of us are aware of the damage that plastic waste is causing to our eco-system, and we’re determined to reduce our plastic use. By using our new Castle Water bottles, we will be helping the environment every time we refill them.”
Simon Furness, Headteacher, said:
“Here at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, a key ambition is to reduce our plastic footprint and to protect the environment. We recently took the decision to stop selling single-use bottles of water. However, keeping hydrated is vital for health and well-being and is known to boost concentration and learning". He continued:
Castle Water’s donation of refillable bottles means that we can stay healthy while reducing our plastic waste. Our Castle Water bottles will also continue to help remind everyone about the impacts we have on our planet every day.
Castle Water CEO, John Reynolds OBE, said:
Castle Water is delighted to support Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and to equip students and staff with refillable water bottles. This is helping the school make different choices to help reduce the impacts of plastic waste.
He continued, "In leading by example in this way, they are demonstrating how small changes in behaviour can make a big impact on the environment while still maintaining healthy and resilient lifestyles.”