Press release

John Dory’s Captain Fanplastic turns plastic into treasure at Magnolia Dell Park with Lyttleton Primary school

September 18, 2019

Centurion–John Dory’s and the Captain Fanplastic team visited Lyttleton Primary school on 17 September 2019 to teach 145 Grade 5 learners about plastic pollution affecting our environment.

In line with John Dory’s commitment to sustainable business practice, through its Eco Voyage sustainability programme, the restaurant brand in collaboration with Spur Corporation, is on a mission to educate as many South African primary school learners as possible about the harmful effects of plastic pollution in our rivers, oceans and the environment.

In 2018 WWF reported that an estimated 80% of marine pollution originated from land-based sources; wind, littering, overflowing landfills as well as generally poorly managed waste are some of the ways that plastic can end up in rivers and ultimately the ocean. Out of all the plastic in use in the country, only 16% is recycled.

The concept of John Dory’s Captain Fanplastic is to raise awareness and educate pupils in a fun and practical way in order to create behavioural change with the youth so that oceans can remain sustainable for generations to come. The main threat to marine animals is plastic pollution, that is why John Dory’s is committed to reducing the use of plastic in its business and in communities. John Dory is employing a 5 Rs approach to plastic in its operations: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle. As a result, it has so far removed plastic straws, balloons and plastic bags, and has moved to paper wrapped chopsticks in all John Dory’s restaurants.

The action-packed and informative day kicked off with Captain Fanplastic’s storytelling on the importance of caring for our environment, followed by engaging fun activities where learners reused plastic bottles & caps to create something new. The learners headed out for a treasure hunt clean-up in Magnolia Dell Park in Pretoria. There, they could apply what they had learned in the morning’s session. They discovered different types of litter and plastic trash and cleaned it up, returning the environment to its blooming spring colours and life. To conclude the day, the children received prizes and certificates for their contribution towards cleaning up their environment.

Lyttleton Primary School Principal, Mrs Masingoaneng Roberts said, “It is always great to teach the children about the environment because we already live in a world that is filled with waste and pollution and we should all do our bit to clean it up.”

John Dory’s Captain Fanplastic School clean-up programme is proud to have already brought the programme to Grade 4 & 5 classes in KZN, and the Western Cape. To date the programme has removed over 58kgs of plastic waste out of the environment. 

“We were so impressed with the children today; they were well informed about the issues facing our environment and specifically the harm caused to marine life in our oceans.  This is exciting because it shows us that they are engaged with what is going on around them,” Joe Stead, Spur Corporation Sustainability Manager said.  

The company targets primary schools because the education about plastic waste and pollution should start as early as possible. The long-term vision is to start a recycling programme at every school the Captain Fanplastic event reaches.

“John Dory’s is known for its sustainably-sourced seafood, therefore relying on a healthy marine ecosystem. It is crucial to create awareness around the devastating impacts of plastic pollution and that we protect our rivers and oceans in the best way that we can”, Stead said.

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