Us­ing bot­tle caps, BISJ chains its way into world record

Arab News - - Business News -

The Bri­tish In­ter­na­tional School of Jed­dah (BISJ) has cre­ated the world’s long­est chain of bot­tle caps by thread­ing 323,103 bot­tle caps to­gether, break­ing the pre­vi­ous Guin­ness World Records title of 260,866 gained in the Nether­lands.

The of­fi­cial at­tempt fol­lowed a plas­tic pol­lu­tion aware­ness cam­paign, in which the school man­aged to col­lect a mas­sive amount of bot­tle caps, with an aim to run them through a recycling firm and to do­nate the funds lo­cally to sup­port chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties by buy­ing items such as wheel­chairs and leg braces for them.

“We have tried to break the Guin­ness World Records title for over a year with an aim of rais­ing com­mu­nity aware­ness of the prob­lem of plas­tic pol­lu­tion, es­pe­cially in oceans. We started by col­lect­ing as many bot­tle caps as we could, even clean­ing up the lo­cal ar­eas a lit­tle on the way. The mes­sage was to vis­ually rep­re­sent how many plas­tic bot­tles we use and see how the tops could be con­verted into spe­cial­ized equip­ment for less for­tu­nate chil­dren. This is an amaz­ing achieve­ment of team­work, vi­sion and re­silience,” said Sonja Sut­cliffe, deputy head, BISJ.

The school ap­proached this mas­sive task in an ex­tremely me­thod­i­cal and sci­en­tific way, work­ing out the best ways to put holes in the caps, mea­sur­ing out the fish­ing line to string them to­gether and so on. The or­ga­niz­ers used a stan­dard size of bot­tle caps, a fish­ing line to make the lines of caps and large nee­dles to thread the caps onto the line, as well as spe­cific record­ing sheets for count­ing and mea­sur­ing.

HIGH­LIGHTS

The of­fi­cial at­tempt was fol­lowed by a plas­tic pol­lu­tion aware­ness cam­paign.

BISJ col­lected a mas­sive amount of bot­tle caps, with an aim to run them through a recycling firm.

The school aims to do­nate the funds lo­cally to sup­port chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties by buy­ing items such as wheel­chairs and leg braces for them.

The length of the chain was mea­sured at 2,738.5 me­ters and it con­sisted of 323,103 bot­tle caps.

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