Made with the equivalent of 5,499 plastic bags!
Hand washing is the most effective way to kill germs, but having access to running water in entryways or in outdoor classrooms can be a challenge. This new sink is made with recycled plastic lumber that can withstand the elements and can be conveniently placed where students enter the school or moved to outdoor spaces.
The sink requires no maintenance and is very durable with a long lifecycle because it does not rot or splinter (like some woods) or rust (like metal). The easy to fill and drain jugs provide 50-60 hand washes. Unlike many other portable sinks, ours has a manual pump that does not need to be located near an electrical outlet.
This sink uses tap water to fill its tanks (sink does not include a water heater). According to the CDC and a study conducted by Rutgers University, water temperature (warm or cold) does not change the effectiveness of hand washing.
Why recycled plastic lumber?
Recycled plastic lumber is a sustainable product because it is made using materials that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. It is made of a combination of plastics such as bottle tops, bottles and plastic bags. Learn more about it here.