So last week saw the launch of the brand new, highly requested RHS water bottles. They had been in the planning for a while, as the Eco-Committee discussed and brainstormed their ideas about how we as a school, can do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic wastage and preserve our precious environment.
Could you expand on the message behind the new water bottles?
Mrs Izod-Miller: The new RHS water bottles are designed to remove the school’s reliance on single use plastic bottles. The new bottles will hopefully act as a reminder of the impact we have on the environment in our day to day lives and the small changes we can make. It has hopefully encouraged conversations and widened awareness about SUP.
Fin: The new bottles make it apparent that the school is committed to doing their part to help benefit the planet. Too often
Have the bottles been a success so far?
Mrs Izod-Miller: Yes! We have stopped the use of 10,000 plastic bottles a year in school. Multiply that by several years! It is great to see so many people using them around school and even bringing in their own. It also means you will hopefully get a real tree this year in the DH as we will have no plastic bottles to use to make one!
Fin: So far, the water bottles have been a huge success, I have seen the majority of pupils use them around school, and they seem to be doing their job. It is so good to see that once people get into the swing of using the bottles and refilling them, they are much more multi-purpose than a single-use plastic bottle; whether it be on the sports field or the library, these bottles have no limit to their use and are also contributing to protecting the planet!
Have their been differences in people’s attitudes towards the preservation of the planet since the launch of these bottles?
Mrs Izod-Miller: The bottles have certainly helped raise awareness and have gotten the RHS community thinking and talking about the impacts of climate change and reasons behind reducing our dependence on single use plastic. I hope that more and more people will take action and make the change. It is your generation who are likely to feel the biggest impacts and can make the difference. We should all have a positive and proactive approach to changing our lifestyles in support of the planet.
Fin: The attitude towards the preservation of the planet has massively changed. When the idea was first brought under the spotlight of the school community, there was much speculation whether these would actually work and people quite often didn’t see the point in them. However, since their introduction, many have commented that the bottles have exceeded the expectations and have proved much more useful and convenient in everyday life than a plastic bottle.
Eco committee’s next project?
Fin: For the Eco-Committee’s next project we are still pursuing the ongoing plastic crisis at RHS. We are doing so by tackling plastic wrapping in baggy meals and looking for alternatives to plastic cutlery when the dishwasher is out of action. We hope that by tackling these we can make RHS a plastic free school! The Eco-Committee and its purpose has become more popular since the launch of the bottles and we hope that this means that even more people will contribute their ideas.
So there we have it, the invaluable work of Mrs Izod-Miller and the Eco-Committee. Here is a picture of a happy seal, to show how using your RHS water bottle is saving the environment.