Three district schools receive water filling stations from Plastic Oceans International
Crismon, Redbird and Washington elementary schools have received free water filling stations, thanks to a donation from Plastic Ocean International’s Rethink.Refill. initiative. The initiative, which is a partnership with Arizona-based firm Footprint, also provided 100 stainless steel reusable water bottles to each school.
“Rethink.Refill. is an opportunity to prepare the next generation with problem-solving skills to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, help protect global health and learn social entrepreneurship,” says Julie Andersen, global executive director of Plastic Oceans International. “Rethink.Refill. gives our kids a way to get involved in the solution.”
According to Plastic Oceans International, more than 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year, with single-use items comprising 50% of all plastic produced.
By replacing single-use plastic bottles with reusable containers and refilling them at water stations, students have a direct impact on reducing plastic pollution worldwide. The water filling stations help students track exactly how much waste they are preventing from entering the environment through a “bottles saved” counter.
(A student at Washington Elementary refills her water bottle at the new water filling station, donated by Plastic Oceans International. Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)