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    Écofil

    Provincial prizewinner

    OSEntreprendre Challenge

    The idea for this project comes from a student at École du Tournesol, who noticed that water bottles tend to be discarded more often than softdrink cans. A deposit is paid to ensure the latter are recycled, but not the former.

    This posed quite a problem, given the sheer number of water bottles used in schools and by people in the community. The students' solution was to initiate the Écofil project in order to transform plastic water bottles into strong, practical and ecological string. This product could then be used for gardening, home décor or handicrafts. 

    Level of education

    Elementary Cycle Two (Elementary 3 and 4)

    Students involved

    33 Students

    Nature of the project

    Product

    Results observed

    Thanks to this student initiative, 900 bottles originally set to be discarded were collected. Ninety percent of this plastic was recycled to produce 250 rolls of 30-40' of resistant string, the sale of which earned a total of $750! Members of the community were mobilized in support of this project, and the students were proud of the high-quality product they created. This endeavour enabled the students to develop leadership skills, organizational ability, an appreciation for teamwork and their creativity while reducing their ecological footprint and boosting their involvement in the community.

    Involvement and support

    This project was made possible by the commitment and support of various individuals. These included André Junior St-Cyr, general manager of Récupération Frontenac, who provided information on plastic bottle recycling, as well as Chantal Dostie and Francine Lehoux, recycling educators at Récupération Frontenac. The student body of École du Tournesol were keen participants in the project, as it was they who gathered the 900 bottles. Technical support was provided by volunteer Yvon Bergeron, and several secondary school students helped improve the efficiency of the bottle transformation process.

    Major steps

    • Recycling campaign promoted
    • Bottles collected
    • Bottles prepared and heated
    • Bottles transformed into plastic string
    • String sold

    Project materials needed

    • Plastic bottles
    • Machine for heating plastic
    • Tools for working with plastic

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad Areas of Learning

    Subject Areas

    Intellectual competencies

    Methodological competency

    Personal and social competency

    Positive influences on student retention

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