Foremarke Pupils Lead Drive to Reduce Plastic Pollution

  • Marking the 22nd UAE National Environment Day, Foremarke School Students Engage in Plastic Recycling Project.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (February 4, 2019): Marking the 22nd UAE National Environment Day, students at Foremarke Dubai are carrying out a sustainability initiative to reduce plastic pollution.

Foremarke School has partnered with Simply Bottles, an organisation that works with schools and businesses in the UAE to educate, engage and equip communities to reduce plastic pollution and increase the recycling rates of plastic water bottles. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), it is estimated that only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced gets recycled, about 12% is incinerated, while the rest — 79% gets accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.

As part of the ongoing initiative, the school has established a group, called the “Green Team” which is tasked with gathering empty plastic bottles and bringing them to school. The accumulated bottles are submitted to Simply Bottles and are recycled to provide feedstock for the world’s first “bottle to yarn” recycling facility in the UAE, which involves the transformation of plastic bottles into yarn to be used for manufacturing clothes. The school has successfully gathered enough plastic bottles to fill four huge recycling bags provided by Simply bottle since the drive began in September 2018. Other initiatives which form part of Foremarke’s go green pledge include avoiding using any single use plastic items such as knives and forks currently in use in the dining hall and looking into creating a small eco garden.

Zoe Woolley, Headmistress, Foremarke Dubai comments, “It’s very important that children value the world in which they live and that they can understand sustainability and appreciate its benefits.  Schools and their students can play a key role in recycling initiatives, making a very valuable contribution to the drive to reduce the amount of plastic waste that finds its way into our landfills and oceans, and mindful of this, we have assisted Simply Bottles.  The initiative has served to educate our students about the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our planet, while at the same time motivating them to take action and help prevent it.”

About Foremarke School Dubai

Foremarke School, one of the leading British preparatory schools for children aged three to 13 in Dubai and a part of Evolvence Knowledge Investments (EKI), welcomed its first pupils in 2013.  It is the partner school of Foremarke Hall, Repton’s long established Preparatory School in the United Kingdom, and as such it mirrors the school’s belief in traditional values, one to one pastoral care and the overall holistic development of the child.

The school is located in Dubai Science Park, Al Barsha South, and features a large campus with outstanding facilities and amenities that contribute towards a child’s development beyond the classroom. The school combines the British curriculum with a range of non-curricula activities, ensuring exceptional quality of teaching and personalised attention for every pupil and boasting exceptional academic results, while being truly inclusive.  Foremarke School is an accredited member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and an ‘IAPS World Hub School’. It was the first school in the UAE, and only the second school g lobally, to have been given this prestigious status. It has also been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2021 for its use of technology and compelling learning environment that engages students and enhance learning across all of its year groups.

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