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to not use plastic school bottles?

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DropItLikeASquat Wed 07-Feb-18 19:01:48

I have 4 children at primary school. The school has introduced a new rule that all drinks bottles have to be clear plastic so they can recognise if children are bringing 'contraband' squash to school. now, just a few weeks ago I invested in so good quality stainless steal water bottles and I have said I'm not buying new ones. One of my children teaches asked me why I feel I can single out my children. hmm
I explained that the rate that my children go through the plastic school issue bottles (at £3 a bottle) is making it quite unaffordable and I am also conscious of the amount of plastic waste that we re generating as a family. smile
She replied to say 'well how are we the know that they are not bringing squash?' I explained that my children only ever bring water and I firmly reiterated that I will not be purchasing the plastic ones.
AIBU to do this? I know of 2 other families at the school that are also refusing to use the school bottles for similar reasons to myself and they too have been met with the same hostile questioning.
Thankyou for your replies.

ImLosingMyMind Wed 07-Feb-18 19:04:14

I agree with you.

Ummmmgogo Wed 07-Feb-18 19:06:19

yanbu money doesn't grow on trees! children could pour a small amount into the sink or she could smell it if teacher needs to check what liquid is inside.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Wed 07-Feb-18 19:07:10

I wouldn't buy plastic ones either.

moreismore Wed 07-Feb-18 19:08:33

Totally with you. The school could have a quick sniff/look at a little at random. Or they could get a grip.

AnimalBrain Wed 07-Feb-18 19:08:49

I generally go along with whatever (school wise) but I agree with you

Pengggwn Wed 07-Feb-18 19:09:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

icelollycraving Wed 07-Feb-18 19:11:04

Surely the teachers have better things to do. I hate water bottles. We lose one about every two weeks. I buy a bottle of Evian now and refill it.

hazeyjane Wed 07-Feb-18 19:16:14


Also surely the squash smugglers could just put flavoured water in the clear bottles.

DropItLikeASquat Wed 07-Feb-18 19:19:18

I feel better to read this, thanks guys. Its not that my children lose their bottles, its that they go all cracked, or they get bashed in their bags and then leak. The steel ones are pretty much indestructible. lol

Screamingontheinside Wed 07-Feb-18 19:20:59

Ffs this kind of thing really gets on my tits. You decide what bottle they take and they need to give you credit that they won’t be filled to the brim with red bullhmm

InToMyHeart Wed 07-Feb-18 19:25:26

They're behaving like squash is cocaine!

I was raised on squash (and still hate the taste of water) it never did me any harm.

Obviously I need two glasses at a time because of my second, orange squash coloured head but...

OurMiracle1106 Wed 07-Feb-18 19:28:01

How do they know it’s not flavoured water?
And anyway as a parent isn’t it your decision as to what your child drinks anyway?

LadyMonicaBaddingham Wed 07-Feb-18 19:31:43

Does the school have water fountains/coolers for refilling bottles (ours does)? Could you suggest that you send the bottle in empty to be filled at school?

OurMiracle1106 Wed 07-Feb-18 19:32:01

Or alternatively every time they crack a school bottle or it starts leaking take it back for a replacement as unfit for purpose grin I mean these are school water bottles for primary kids right?

DropItLikeASquat Wed 07-Feb-18 19:42:46

no water fountain or place to refill unless its the summer and then the teachers do it.

Roomba Wed 07-Feb-18 19:44:02


I had a similar debate with my kids school as I didn't want DS1 using the cheap BPA containing bottles they provided, especially as they were just using bottles designed for single use and refilling them. They gave in and let DS use his own steel bottle.

A year later the new head was campaigning against plastic use and insisting everyone use BPA free bottles if they did have to use plastic - a year earlier they'd all looked at me like I had two heads every time I discussed it with them!

greentreeseverywhere Wed 07-Feb-18 19:44:41

Surely just by sniffing the bottle/liquid they will be able to tell it's not squash?!?! Madness

Abracadabraapileofbollocks Wed 07-Feb-18 19:48:48

Absolutely. I've never had a problem with my children using stainless steel bottles and boxes. Well. Apart from a few thefts angry of them.

MiaowTheCat Wed 07-Feb-18 19:55:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Olympiathequeen Wed 07-Feb-18 20:02:29

If you put very dilute apple squash in the clear bottles you can sneak it through anyway

Dancingfairy Wed 07-Feb-18 20:05:52

I'm not sure I would want someone sniffing my drink tbh. And no way would my son refil he's drink bottle from a water fountain. He won't even touch them. Mine go in with volic flavoured water, schools never commented.

TheNoseyProject Wed 07-Feb-18 20:10:05

Oh ffs they know who the squash smugglers are and they also know they aren’t going to stop. Yanbu!

PerfectlySymmetricalButtocks Wed 07-Feb-18 20:12:11

YANBU. Mine take old Evian bottles that have been refilled, because they tend to leave them at school, and once at a rugby stadium.

Cheby Wed 07-Feb-18 20:13:41

YANBU. What’s the problem with squash, anyway?!

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