10 things you didn’t know we were doing to be more eco-friendly

From growing trees to using bamboo cups, here’s a list of actions we’re already trying to reduce our environmental impact.

11 September 2019

Here’s a list of just some of the things we’re doing to reduce our environmental impact. All of the photos used were taken at school!

1) We tackle food waste

Food waste from the Main Dining Room is currently collected by the waste recycling company Grundon and taken to Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants to be broken down into biofertiliser and biogas.

2) We’re creating more wildflower areas

Wildflower areas have already been sown on the footpath to the Palmer Centre and behind the Murray Centre. Wildflower areas provide critical habitats for pollinators and protect biodiversity and we’re already planning to create more around school.

3) We’ve reduced our disposable plastic waste

Did you know that the School Council in collaboration with the Leadership Team have are aiming to significantly cut down on our disposable plastic waste? No more plastic cups! We’ve got Ecoffee Cup re-useable bamboo cups available around the school!

4) We’re bee-friendly

We deliberately plant lavender and other bee-friendly plants and flowers around school to attract pollinators. See if you can spot them!

5) We collect rainwater

Next time you walk around site, look out for these green tanks next to drainpipes which collect rainwater to be re-used onsite by Estates.

6) We’re growing trees

We’re thinking long-term by collecting saplings from across the site and growing them in the school polytunnel. Once they’re ready we’re going to re-plant them in the woods.

7) Our old uniform is re-used

When we rolled out the new uniform, we worked with Stevensons to gift our old uniform to a charity, Clothing Relief, to be reused around the world.

 

8) We’re aiming to be self-sufficient

We take cuttings from our summer plants and store them in our polytunnel over winter to be re-planted the next year.

9) We use LED lighting

For all recent and future building work, we are committed to using only LED lighting. LED lights don’t produce as much heat and are made of non-toxic materials which are 100% recyclable.

10) We build bug hotels

You can spot log piles in the woodland around site which provide an essential habitat for lots of wildlife including insects. The Science department can use these areas to study wildlife onsite.

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