YOGHURT TUBS CONVERTED TO LIGHT-WEIGHT BRICKS
Updated: 6 days ago
Last year, Danone NutriDay transformed 19 tons of plastic from yoghurt containers into sturdy school desks. Approximately 86 000 yoghurt tubs were collected and converted into 500 desks made entirely from this repurposed plastic. The company is now converting the tubs into strong yet light-weight bricks to make insulated classrooms, embarking on this project with partners Pick ‘n Pay and Interwaste.
NutriDay aims to educate 80 primary schools about responsible plastic recycling. Children will be encouraged to bring their used yoghurt tubs to school, to be turned into light-weight bricks to build two classrooms by the end of 2022.
Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, says that the achievement of a circular economy is directly reliant on collaboration between government and the private sector.
The project is geared towards encouraging recycling and Danone has made a commitment to zero waste to landfill by 2030. Its Tubs2Classrooms project addresses responsible end of life usage of yoghurt tubs, delivering on its promise to protect the planet. The project also aims to collect and repurpose close to half a million tubs this year, five times more than that of the previous campaign.