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Plastic uniforms show off King Edward VI School's green credentials
5:07pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Education
THEY are literally wearing their green credentials on their sleeves.
The new students coming into King Edward VI School can show how committed they are to being eco-friendly simply by the way they are dressed as the blazers they are sporting are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.
The school has already achieved ‘Eco-school’ status and is a holder of the prestigious green flag award in recognition of its commitment to supporting sustainability and green issues.
This term they decided to go one step further by introducing the Eco blazer into its school uniform.
The school blazers, which cost no more than a regular blazer, are manufactured from 100 per cent recycled non-biodegradable plastic drinking bottles.
Whereas the bottles would normally go to landfill sites where they can take up to 500 years to break down, the outer fabric of each blazer is now made up of 16 of these plastic bottles.
The revolutionary manufacturing process, which involves shredding the bottles, breaking the shredding down into plastic and turning this into thread, helps prevent millions of tonnes of plastic waste from being buried in the Earth.
A school spokesman said: “The new blazer really fits with our eco-credentials by saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions too.
“Compared to a traditional blazer, the Eco blazer requires up to 84 per cent less energy to produce it.”
Although being sported by the new intake of Year 7s from now on all school blazers will be ‘eco-friendly’.
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