As Climate Week draws to a close we are reminded of the amount of waste we all contribute to both globally and nationally. Here in England we actually generate about 177 million tonnes of waste every year. It is shocking. So when we heard about the enterprising recycling ideas coming from a group of young women at Altrincham Grammar School we invited them to tell us about it. ReStyled, are an inspiration and the authors of this week’s blog.
We are a group of students at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and our company was set up through the National Young Enterprise Programme. Our company, ReStyled has been driven by the shared opinion that reusing and recycling as a necessity to a stable environment. We feel it is important to view our waste in a new way to encourage a healthy attitude towards reducing waste for a greener, less cluttered environment. We hope to inspire other innovative ideas to come together for the cause of a more sustainable future.
Many people drink Capri Suns, which makes them a readily available resource for collection. Capri Sun packets are not currently recycled in Greater Manchester but are an excellent material and we believe it shouldn’t be wasted. We think they are a fun and colourful packaging, which is perfect for making a variety of products such as purses, bags and pencil cases. It is durable, waterproof and easy to clean, which is perfect for the majority market of school students.
Over the last year we have also been selling our product at a number of events, such as Manchester Christmas markets as well as online.
We are always looking for new ideas and sourcing new waste items that we can recycle; we will be expanding our product using different materials that cannot normally be recycled. Our latest product that we are beginning to focus on is recycling old tape cassettes to make attractive stationary pen/pencil holders. Audio cassette tapes are now mostly obsolete but there are still loads of them around so we are able to source these from several places such as freecycle.org website, which shares our interest in the importance of recycling.
Please come along on and see us at the Trafford Centre on Thursday 13th March 2014 where you can talk to us about ReStyled and buy our product.