Children, parents and teachers from one Dorset school are setting the benchmark when it comes to recycling plastic.
The whole Colehill First school community are rallying together to create their very own ‘eco bricks’ from plastic, which will eventually be made into a new friendship bench for the school field.
But before the bench can be made the school is calling on all its children and their families to make as many eco bricks as possible.
One brick consists of an empty one litre plastic bottle filled with as much thin plastic bags and films as possible.
Colourful plastic is placed at the bottom of the bottle to create an eye-catching ‘brick.’
Headteacher Andrew Turrall said: “We are very excited about this project to design and build our own buddy bench, which will be used when children are playing on the field.
“With the bench being made out of eco bricks we will be raising everyone’s awareness of the disposal of single use plastics at the same time as doing something useful to benefit the children.
“Now it’s over to everyone to start making as many eco bricks as possible.”
The Wimborne Academy Trust school has set up special bins to collect all its single use plastic, which will be used to make the eco bricks.
It is also asking every family to begin making their own eco bricks over the next two terms.
Pupils on the School Council will be collecting the plastic and overseeing the design of the bench. They are also being supported by parent volunteers.
Then, at the beginning of the summer term, every eco brick that has been made will be constructed into the bench.
Liz West, CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, said: “This is a fantastic initiative, which really brings the whole school community together.
“As a Trust we pride ourselves on our partnership work with parents and this eco bricks project is a perfect example of that.”
Note to editors: For more information please contact Rachel Read, account director at Deep South Media, on 01202 534487.