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The Royal High School in Bath has joined the growing plastic free movement by ending the supply of single use water bottles for packed lunches, sports fixtures and school trips.

Reusable water bottles were handed out to all pupils at the all girls’ school in Lansdown during a special assembly on cutting plastics to mark the beginning of a new approach to plastics this academic year.

Extra water coolers were also installed around the school over the summer to encourage girls to fill up their bottles during the day.

AquAid spokesman Kevin James attended the assembly to talk about how his company, which provided the new water coolers at the school, is supporting charities like Christian Aid by helping to provide fresh water for rural communities in Africa. AquAid has supported Christian Aid for more than 15 years, donating £3.5 million to water projects around the world.

The Royal High School already recycles all cardboard, aims to recycle all glass and has food waste bins, as well as new additional recycling bins installed over the summer.

Director of Marketing and Outreach at the Royal High School, Zoe Sheffield, said, “As a school we are committed to significantly reducing our use of plastic and to recycling. Our pupils are very engaged with the reducing plastics debate and have welcomed the opportunity to do something positive to support this. We look forward to continuing to introduce further initiatives to support this during the academic year.”