Adopt-a-Bottle (Archive)

This project is now complete

The Bestival Adopt-A-Bottle project has now come to an end.
We would like to thank everyone at the Bestival Foundation for all their support and assistance over the past three years.

We encourage Isle of Wight schools to get involved in the international ecoschools initiative.

The Bestival Foundation, a brand new registered charity, has been launched with the aim of improving Isle of Wight life. The first of Bestival organiser & BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank’s planned initiatives is ADOPT A BOTTLE – which will see The Bestival Foundation work in conjunction with The Footprint Trust charity and fund a programme of education that will teach local Isle of Wight schoolchildren about water saving and help move local schools towards their eco-school goal.

As part of this initiative, The Bestival Foundation’s ‘Adopt A Bottle’ scheme will see every Island schoolchild aged Under 16 presented with a free Josie da Bank designed strong and fully recycled water bottle to adopt as their own within the next 3 years. The bottle is made from PIR recycling (post industrial recycling) – all the materials are by-products from other industrial processes.

Speaking about the launch of The Bestival Foundation, organiser of the multi award-winning Bestival and BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank said;

“We’re chuffed and proud to announce the creation of The Bestival Foundation as a way of giving something back to worthwhile causes. To kick off we’re focusing on a 3 year plan to support schools across the Isle of Wight giving young ‘uns a free recycled bottle to get them thinking about water saving and water usage, which is an important issue for the local Island community and beyond.”

In addition to the Adopt A Bottle scheme, local schools will have the opportunity to host free water-saving workshops where both staff and pupils will receive advice and assistance on methods of reducing water wastage (and consequently water bills!) both in school and at home.

See our Free Water Workshop [PDF] for more details.

Eco Audit: Pupils and staff carrying out an audit of their school and grounds with the Footprint Trust’s ‘tried and tested’ format. A report is given to the school that will highlight good practice and give guidance on how to help the environment through more efficient use of water and energy, reducing waste and assisting wildlife. These Eco Audits could help your school save £1,000 a year in wasted energy and water! We can also provide every IOW primary school with an ‘Owl Meter’ so they can monitor their electricity use, funded by the Isle of Wight Council.

Other school support

Tailored Workshops: We can also work with you to create tailored workshops and other activities linked to greening your school – please contact us to discuss your ideas. A charge is made for this service.

Extended Schools; Free Energetic Workshops for parents – saving them money on their energy bills. Your school could host one of these free workshops and help struggling families. Funded by Scottish Energy People Trust and delivered by the Footprint Trust, click here for more details.

Out of school activities; The Footprint Trust staff can run a number of activities for children of all ages. Woodland walks, pond dipping, mini-beast safaris, homes for wildlife etc. A charge is made for this service.

Pond Care; Free training for school staff and school volunteers to gain the knowledge of caring for a wildlife pond and how to use its resources effectively. Pond Warden training is free and run when we have enough interested people on the waiting list.


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