Zărnești schools learn through our environmental education programme

DS Smith has continued its environmental education project with schools in Zărnești in partnership with the Brașov County School Inspectorate. The educational project, launched last year, aims to familiarise school pupils with concepts such as recycling, environmental protection, and the importance of a circular economy.

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Over 570 children participated

Due to the positive response of the participating schools to the environmental education programme last year, we decided to continue the project this year, and, as a result, over 570 students in grades one to four from three schools in Zărnești participated to date. The children also discovered useful information about sustainable paper making practices, and discussed how paper is made from 100% recyclable materials at the DS Smith Paper Mill in Zărnești.

Practical examples

In addition to the theoretical part of the project, the students had the opportunity to participate in a competition and put into practice the concepts they had learned in class. The children were tasked with the topic of selective recycling and had to makeg items from recyclable products.

The aim of the project is to introduce these concepts to the students in an engaging and interesting way. The positive response from them gives us confidence that we will have a cleaner city in the future.

Diana Ciuraru
Director of Human Resources at DS Smith Zărnești

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Committed to engaging and educating

As part of its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith has committed to engage five million people in the circular economy and circular lifestyles by 2030.

DS Smith Zărnești is the largest paper manufacturer in Romania, covering almost half of domestic demand.

DS Smith's operations in Romania includes a recycling centre in Bucharest, two recycling depots in Otopeni and Cluj Napoca, a paper mill in Zărnești, two packaging production units in Ghimbav and Timișoara, and three service centers in Pitești, Timișoara and Otopeni, employing more than 650 people in total.