Turning plastic shopping bags into fitness equipment for schools


It’s the fitness craze that’s sweeping Australian schools. Exercise equipment made from recycled plastic and it’s all the result of the REDcycle supermarket campaign that’s converting shopping bags into useable furniture.

Through the RED Group, more than 100 million pieces of flexible plastic were diverted from landfill and turned into outdoor products by Australian plastic recycler Replas.

The latest product to be developed by Replas is the RE-fit fitness circuit which is manufactured using some of the flexible mixed-plastic waste collected through the REDcycle program.

RE-fit is an affordable range of fitness equipment especially designed for schools. The circuit features six components offering up to 12 exercise options and includes instructional signage.

Made from durable recycled plastic the fitness equipment is intended to enhance the school PE program. An increase in physical activity has been linked to a positive effect on concentration, memory and classroom behaviour.  RE-fit helps to raise the level of fitness and physical competency of students and promotes participation in physical activity.

Studies show that investing in physical education results in many benefits for students. Participation not only results in better academic performance, but can contribute to greater confidence and self-esteem.

Schools can choose from one of three layout options or customise a design to suit individual needs and site requirements. At $4900 for a complete circuit it can be self-installed and is the perfect project for a weekend working bee.

One of the most amazing thing about RE-fit is that it is made from the equivalent of 95,000 plastic bags that would have otherwise have ended up in landfill.

For schools interested in learning more about the environment, educational tours are offered at the Replas Environmental Centre in Carrum Downs, Victoria.

The centre’s very own super hero Captain Replas is on the hunt to find ‘super civilians’ who are ready to find their own inner recycling hero by taking the tour at the centre. Visit myrec.com.au for more information or to book a tour.

For more information, visit replas.com.au or call 1800 REPLAS. Call and mention this article to receive a 10 per cent discount on a RE-fit circuit.


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