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Thinking inside the box at Pridwin Preparatory School

| January 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

BY DEMI-RAE LE ROUX

Every Pridwin boy learns that he has a purpose; to discover his potential to
make the world a better place. This is why our school, Pridwin Preparatory
School, in Melrose, Johannesburg, exists.

Just as learning takes place incrementally over time, so too has Pridwin invested in a number of efforts that will hopefully result in big changes in the future: our recycling programme in partnership with Bekabee waste
management and recycling;1 the termly environmental projects; Plasticfree Fridays; Meat-free Mondays; and now, the introduction of
Water in a Box. All these efforts aim to inspire our boys to take more responsibility for the well-being of our planet. Pridwin aims to produce conscientious and concerned young men who have an understanding of, and respect for, their environment.


We encourage our boys to collaborate and be part of the bigger picture by helping create a greener and more environmentally aware school. We try to inspire a passion for the environment and grow the students’ understanding that they have a part to play in the future of our planet. At Pridwin, this message is reinforced daily, helping our boys realise that
together we can make a difference in our communities.

Boxes, not bottles

Pridwin has recently partnered with Water in a Box. This is a first for South African schools. Pridwin no longer sells water in plastic bottles, and we are encouraging all in our wider community to eliminate plastic in the environment.


Water in a Box is a non-profit and proudly South African organisation that sells sustainably packaged water to the South African consumer.2Water in a Box is a still mineral water enriched with plants, minerals and vitamins. Its sustainable cartons are convenient for on-the-go use, and free from bisphenol As (BPAs).3 Seventy-six per cent of each Water in a Box carton is comprised of renewable resource trees, making it one of the most sustainable beverage packaging available.

Some other advantages include:

• Water in a Box has a much lower carbon footprint compared to traditional plastic bottles.
• The screw-caps are made from plant-based plastic and are 100% recyclable.
• The unique box is completely sealed from light and air to stay fresh, pure and cooler for longer.
Not only is the container environmentally friendly, but the profits from every sale of Water in a Box go towards Career Buddy: Professional Career Guidance and Coaching4 for children in rural and under-resourced schools.

Linking together to create change

‘With every Water in a Box Pridwin purchase, students and staff actively contribute towards empowering South Africa’s youth through professional career coaching services. In partnership with Water in a Box and Career Buddy, Pridwin is solving systemic inequalities and creating a more inclusive workforce and a brighter future for all South Africans,’ says
Brian Skosana, CEO of Water in a Box.


As a school, we acknowledge the responsibility we have in moulding and shaping the habits of our boys. We believe that by creating conscious, global thinkers, who participate in recycling, there will be a greater incentive to carry this habit on into adulthood. The recycling ‘habit’ developed in school aims to transform our community, our jobs and our country as we recycle more and more of the products we consume.

References:


See: https://www.bekabee.co.za/
See: http://www.waterinabox.co/
See: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthyeating/ expert-answers/bpa/faq-20058331
See: https://www.careerbuddy.org/

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