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In it to win it
Enter your school’s plastic bottle sculpture and raise awareness of the problem of plastic waste

In it to win it

From plankton to pilot whales, algae to albatross - no ocean life remains free from the effects of plastic waste. 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by plastic pollution annually. It’s even found in the seafood we eat.

We believe that this is unacceptable – we are sure you do too. Help us raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution and encourage people to change their habits. If 1/10 Brits used a reusable bottle once a week rather than a plastic disposable we would save around 340 million plastic bottles a year!

So, what can you do?

Design a sculpture made from disposable water bottles, we will choose a winning design which will be created by an installation artist as a full size sculpture to display in London during plastic free July.

You can paint, draw or event construct your design, but it should connect people to the issue, their actions and the oceans. Your design could say something about the problem of waste plastics, or the environmental impact, it could show a solution or highlight the statistics. The choice is yours!

Winners will receive:

  • The public display of their design
  • An inspirational speaker at your school from City to Sea (Refill)
  • A Join the Pipe water fountain for their school or location of their choice
  • £1000 to spend on a school environmental project

How to enter

Simply email refill@robeco.com by 6pm on May 10, 2019 with the following information to be entered in the competition:

School Name
Contact Email
School Address
School Type
(primary/secondary etc)

Description of how you would use the £1000 prize money to improve the environment in your school (200 words max).

Please attach a picture of your sculpture design - you can draw it, design it in a computer package or even build it yourself. Just be sure that your pictures are clear and annotated if necessary.

Fine Print

  • This competition is open to Primary and Secondary schools based in the UK only.
  • The competition is sponsored by Robeco in partnership with City to Sea
  • Robeco is working with City of London Corporation regarding sculpture sites
  • There is no application fee to enter the competition
  • Only one entry will be accepted per school
  • Closing date for entries is 6pm on May 10, 2019
  • No responsibility shall be accepted for entries not received
  • Photographs must clearly depict the design or the entry will be voided
  • Once photographs are received, Robeco and City to Sea have the right to use them to promote the competition or the issues of plastic pollution. Please do not include photos of children with the designs unless you are permitting the images to be reproduced.
  • Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea and Peter Walsh, Head of Robeco UK.
  • Prize is as follows:
    • Sculpture built and displayed in the City of London
    • Water fountain for your school or location of choice (see https://join-the-pipe.org/ for our fountain). The site will need to be on private property and we will require the approval of the water bill payer. Robeco will cover servicing costs for two years, after which the responsibility transfers to the owner of the site. Services costs are expected to be around £50 per year.
    • £1000 donation to a school project to improve the environment at the school or further afield.
    • A speaker from City to Sea to present at your school on plastic pollution in 2019 on a date mutually agreed by City to Sea and the school.
  • The winning school will be notified on 10th May 2019 by email and will also be promoted via social media and this website.
  • Robeco & City to Sea reserve the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of their control.
  • By applying to this competition, an applicant is indicating his/her agreement to these terms and conditions.


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