SAINT Martin’s School is doing its bit to ease a global environmental crisis by banning the sale and use of single-use plastic water bottles.

The UK currently creates around 3.7 million tonnes of plastic waste every year.

While a national approach to tackling the problem is key in the long-term, small changes by individuals and organisations are vital.

And Saint Martin’s is leading the way in Solihull.

Pupils at the Brueton Avenue-based independent school for girls must now carry re-useable water bottles which can be filled at the many water stations across the school, including the additional ones now installed as part of the plastic-free scheme.

The decision was an easy one for Saint Martins, as Kay Merrick, Director of Finance and Operations explains:

“Very simply, we want to help improve the environment by reducing waste.

“Moving away from single use plastic bottles was an easy change to implement as we were able to install additional bottle refill points around the school site over the summer.

“Everyone can make a difference, no matter how small or large, and we are proud and delighted to be doing what we can here at Saint Martin’s.”

As part of its commitment to the environment, Saint Martin’s will continue to look at ways it can recycle and reduce its carbon footprint across the school.

For more information about the school – and how to become a part of it – visit: www.saintmartins-school.com.