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