DS Smith: Zărnești Schools Learn Through DS Smith’s Environmental Education Program

DS Smith 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 familiarize school students with concepts such as recycling, environmental protection and the importance of a circular economy.

More than 570 children participated

Due to the positive response of participating schools to the environmental education program last year, we decided to continue the project this year and, as a result, more than 570 students from first to fourth grade from three schools in Zărnești have participated to date. The children also learned useful information about sustainable papermaking practices and discussed making paper 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 notions learned in class. The children were in charge of the theme of selective recycling and had to make objects from recyclable products.

We are happy that our environmental education project was once again a real success this year. At DS Smith, we firmly believe that we can change things for the better and that children need positive examples to encourage them to protect and respect nature. The goal of the project is to introduce these concepts to 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. We will continue this project and hope to extend it to the district level next year.

– Diana Ciuraru, HR Director at DS Smith Zărnești

Committed to engaging and educating

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

DS Smith Zărnești is Romania’s largest paper manufacturer, covering nearly half of domestic demand.

DS Smith’s activities in Romania include a recycling center 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 over 650 people in total.