A 10-year-old school boy has started his own eco-business to inspire others and generate lasting change.
Oskar Petersen from Bromley was so inspired by his school project ‘Bickley Park’s Commotion in the Ocean’, he decided to take action against plastic and disposable products to protect sea life.
After a lot of research, Oskar convinced his parents to invest in his first business idea – selling toothbrushes made from bamboo. He wanted to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic in the ocean while being able to provide much needed alternatives to such simple every day products.
Trading under the company name of OSKeco, Oskar got some help creating a logo, built his own website and researched and sourced a supplier to manufacture his toothbrushes.
He has recently extended his product range and now offers stainless steel reusable drinking straws and water bottles alongside bamboo cutlery sets and organic cotton shopping bags.
“As an educational establishment we are very keen to reduce plastic ourselves and are acting fast as we can to bring the school down to a zero level,” says Patrick Wenham, headteacher at Bickley Park School. “We are incredibly proud of Oskar’s aptitude and drive. I think this is really something to celebrate and hope it inspires people to take responsibility for the planet. We hope that with such a successful story it might just inspire hundreds of other Oskar’s out there to act upon what they believe in.”