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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Last week, myself and another member of the eco group interviewed Miss Wisker, the school's textiles teacher who has been using upcycling with her GCSE students. Here's what she had to say:

What is upcycling?
The process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value, or in my words; taking something old and making it into something fabulous!

Why do you use upcyling?
Firstly, it’s environmentally friendly and saves a lot of money as well, it also means we don’t have to buy things in, we can use things we’ve already got.

What sort of things do you use?
Bed sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and curtains which are basic expensive fabrics. We can also use old clothes such as shirts, jeans and even socks!

What is made from the materials?
We can make all sorts out of them: skirts, ugly dolls, drawstring bags, sock aliens. Although, nothing ever goes to waste as the scraps are used as tests for the sewing machines or weaving

Who gets involved?
Mainly the students that take textiles are the ones who donate materials, but we have had a lot of support from teacher, they mainly donate old baby clothes!

How does it benefit the GCSE students?
Part of the year 11 AQA exam board is to create a product out of recycled materials, they’ve all really enjoyed this project as they got to use old materials to craft a patchwork quilt.

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