Three district schools receive water filling stations from Plastic Oceans International

Student refills their water bottle at Washington Elementary's new water filling station.

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)


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