KONGWAK Primary School has been rewarded for its sustainability by Coles with a schoolyard ‘buddy bench’ made from 98 per cent plastic.

The school was one of 81 schools across Australia to be recognised through the Sustainability4Schools competition, which was launched to celebrate Coles’ ten years of working with soft plastics recycling organisation, REDcycle.

Kongwak Primary School’s application was submitted by students April, Riley and Mikayla, who are members of the Junior School Council.

“We love working outside and try to be sustainable by recycling and making sure everything goes into the right bin,” they said.

The three students are working together with the community to design and rebuild a front garden, where the chair will be put.

“School kids across Australia have inspired us with their innovative and proactive ways to protect the environment and we want to reward and recognize their efforts by providing them with a bench made from recycled plastic,” said Coles General Manager Sustainability and Property Services, Kirsty Davis.

The Coles Sustainability4Schools competition was launched in May 2021 and was open to all Australian primary schools and requires schools to explain how they are committed to protecting the environment.