Hockley Primary school children join the war on ocean plastic pollution

Pupils at Hockley Primary School have been educated on the impact of plastic in our seas following a visit from leading outdoor furniture manufacturer, and local brand, LifestyleGarden®.

The environmentally conscious pupils were treated to an inspiring talk from Basildon based, Richard Baxter, merchandiser at LifestyleGarden®, who discussed the plastic pollution in the oceans, the impact on marine wildlife and what some companies are doing to help..

The school’s ECO Team heard how each year about 8million tonnes of plastic ends up in our seas which is enough to circle the earth 425 times.

The children were also concerned to hear how the plastic is harming 100,000 marine creatures, and by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea.

The hour-long talk gave the children the chance to learn about and sit in LifestyleGarden®’s ground-breaking DuraOcean® chair, the first commercially available piece of furniture of its kind to be made from ocean plastic waste such as fishing nets, ropes and debris found on the seabed.

Richard presented the school with their own DuraOcean chair, which now sits proudly in its Sycamore classroom.

One of the Eco Team members said: “I care about the environment and Richard’s talk was important as it highlighted the damage we are doing to our planet.”

Hockley Primary’s Eco Team Co-Ordinator & Forest School Leader, Mrs. Curtis, said: “ Our ECO Team are dedicated to learning more about how they can protect the environment and are keen to do their part..”

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Mick Ferris

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