Tony Grimshaw OBE and What More UK to Educate Children on Single Use Plastic

After a meeting with MP Sara Britcliffe and captain of industry Tony Grimshaw OBE, pupils from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Clayton-le-Moors, are again leading the way in recycling single-use plastics.

The pupils of St Mary’s RC Primary School in Clayton-le-Moors are an inspirational group of children. They have been teaching the world how to give plastic a second life by making ecobricks. Ecobricks are plastic bottles stuffed tight with single-use plastic.

The year three children have made enough ecobricks to construct an entire classroom. MP for Hyndburn Sara Britcliffe and responsible plastic housewares manufacturer Tony Grimshaw OBE (Director of What More UK) were invited to visit the school to see the latest project.

What More UK were invited along to talk to the children about what they are doing to reuse plastic.

Company Director Tony Grimshaw explained to the children that What More is also creating reusable products from “single-use” plastics. The firm’s popular Upcycled range of housewares is made from 95% recycled post-consumer plastics. In a single day they manage to divert around 40,000 tonnes of waste plastic from landfill.

Mr Grimshaw commented: “Single use plastic is drastic. You can give things a second life. Plastic can have a second life. Everything can be recycled if you’re creative about it, and that’s what these inspirational kids are doing.”

Children at the school have also been using What More’s Wham boxes as improvised green houses to grow vegetables for the school’s kitchen.

“They’re the best greenhouses in the world” commented one enthusiastic child.

“These children are our future and we need to make sure we are working with them and working with businesses to make sure they get the future they deserve” said Ms Britcliffe MP.

The school children are determined to continue making their ecobricks for bigger and more impressive projects in the future.

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