‘GORSE gets Hydrated’ is an initiative, which will run alongside ‘GORSE gets Healthy’ and ‘Green GORSE’.
The initiative has two major aims;
- To improve the GORSE community understanding on the importance of remaining hydrated.
- To reduce the amount of single use plastic used across the GORSE academies trust, while increasing awareness around the issues connected to this.
1. The importance of remaining hydrated.
Drinking water is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Studies have also shown that drinking water improves brain function. It can have a positive impact on attention span, memory capacity, mood stability, maintaining motivation, as well as helping to alleviate feelings of anxiety.
2. Increasing awareness around the use of single –use plastic.
In 2016, 480 billion plastic bottles were sold worldwide, this is an increase of 180 billion when compared to the 300 billion sold in 2014. Less than half of these bottles were collected for recycling. Plastic you put in the bin ends up in landfill. When rubbish is being transported to landfill (a problem in itself), plastic is often blown away and clutters around drains, thus entering rivers and the sea. At present, 1 million plastic bottles are sold every minute – that’s 20,000 per second! It’s estimated that unless we change our habits, by 2022, the number of bottles sold per year will have increased to 600+ billion.
While most water bottles are recyclable – the fact of the matter is that the provision for plastic recycling cannot keep up with the demand. Therefore, as production increases, efforts to recycle simply cannot keep up.
Obviously, we should all endeavour to recycle where we can but we should also be looking at taking larger steps.
The GORSE Academies Trust will be making the following steps;
- In January 2021, the GORSE Trust will stop selling plastic bottles across all canteens.
- In each canteen, there will be jugs of water and glasses provided at break and lunch.
- Water stations will be provided in each academy. The water station will be a social area, which will be manned by a staff member. Students will be able to spend break and lunch within this social area.
- Students will not be able to bring single use plastic bottles to school.
- Every child across the trust will be provided with a GORSE gets Hydrated glass – they will be encouraged to drink a glass of water before and after school.