Plastic becomes pitch perfect

Filed under: Recycling — Posted by: Barry on April 24, 2013

Plastic has its various uses, ranging from forming plastic sheets to making up our favourite gadgets, and now it is even helping young girls to look the part on the football pitch.

A girls’ junior school football team from Brighton has just won its first seven-a-side tournament and, as part of a Plastics 2020 Challenge, the team took to the field wearing a kit made from an unusual recycled item – plastic bottles.

The Plastics 2020 Challenge initiative is funded by Plastics Europe, the British Plastics Foundation (BPF) and the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA). It allows schoolchildren to collect plastic bottles, which can then be exchanged for football kits made the container. The initiative is a great way of encouraging young people to use recycle plastics and it puts all of those old bottles to good use.

The Girls from Patcham Junior School were inspired to participate in the ‘Bottles Champions’ competition after a marine Conservation Society Roadshow visited their school to give a talk. The Marine Conservation Society works in partnership with Plastics 2020 and, in the past couple of years, the funding provided by Plastics 2020 has helped the Society to visit 157 schools and educate children on the effects of plastic on the sea. In turn, this has led to more than 26,971 children recycling 207,020 plastic bottles.

The girls from Patcham took the challenge head on and worked incredibly hard to recycle as many bottles as possible to prevent oceanic pollution. As a result, they can now be named alongside teams like Arsenal and the international superstars of Portugal, both of whom also wear recycled kits.

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