According to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, this amounts to 8 million tons of plastic a year. We all have a responsibility for looking after our planet, and as a School we feel that we can – and should – be doing more.
Therefore from the start of this term we aim to reduce the plastic waste at Shrewsbury School, specifically by getting rid of single-use plastic water bottles. Last year as a School we used a total of 32,952 water bottles. Given the breadth of activities that we undertake, this is perhaps understandable. Nevertheless, it is a staggering statistic and one that we aim to do something about.
So on the first day of term, every pupil was supplied (free of charge) with their own School-branded litre bottle, which they will be asked to use for sports fixtures and trips and expeditions.
Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water remains a key message that we will continue to articulate to pupils. But it is hoped that through this drive, we will also be sending a strong message to pupils about our collective responsibility for the environment and the planet in which we live.
Peter Middleton, Deputy Head (Co-curricular)