Pupils Tackling Plastic


Whether it is as part of our working practices within the business, or in our spare time personally, everyone at Fordingbridge likes to play their part in helping keep our environment healthy. With the company’s ethos of promoting sustainability and greener practices, we were delighted to be asked to attend a Plastic Fashion Show at a Hampshire Junior School where we have previously installed a cycle shelter.

Pupils and staff at Gomer Junior School took up the task of creating clothing with a beach theme, solely using recycled plastic. The school are raising funds for the Friends of Stokes Bay and Final Straw Solent Charities; both of which benefit residents of the south coast where many of our staff are based.

“At Gomer Junior School we are passionate about reducing plastic waste and protecting our environment,” wrote some of the pupils. “As a school council we have encouraged pupils to reduce the plastic in their lunch box. This term we set the pupils and staff a challenge to create a piece of clothing with a beach theme from recyclable plastic. To showcase our talents we are holding a plastic a fashion show. Pupils and staff will have the opportunity to walk along the catwalk in their recycled plastic clothing.”

We were delighted to attend and see what the pupils of the school managed to achieve. Fortunately the weather was fair enough for the show to take place in the playground, with their large cycle shelter decorated perfectly to match the theme as a backdrop. The pupils showed real imagination in their designs and offered a fantastic insight into this huge concern through the eyes of a child.  The teachers however, taking well-earned opportunity to bring a spot of levity, revelled in the limelight to provide an element of comic relief with their own creations and performances.

The fashion show was a great success all around, raising awareness of a global problem and providing an extremely relevant vehicle of fundraising for two local charities.

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