On Feb 20th 237 enthusiastic first-year Nottingham Business School students, accompanied by second and final year student mentors participated in a grand plastics upcycling challenge, contributing directly to UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), Goal 14 (Life Below Water) and Goal 15 (Life on Land). The aptly named, ‘Sea Change’ event, tasked NBS students to devise creative and entrepreneurial solutions to prompt businesses to change their practices by recycling, reusing and upcycling plastics, or swapping to more sustainable materials with the aim of halting the adverse impact waste plastics are having on our land, wildlife, oceans, and marine life.
During the event students helped Plastics Patrol, a campaigning organisation working to combat plastics pollution, to consider ways in which plastics collected on litter picks could be put to good use in local communities, they helped NTU’s School of Art and Design to think of ways to upcycle VHS/SVHS, U-Matic tapes and other old format tapes and they helped NTU’s Marketing team to think of attractive, yet sustainable Open Day merchandise. A highlight of the event was a challenge set by NBS Oath Project students calling on fellow students to reflect on ways to reduce the amount of plastics used on fancy dress night’s out in Nottingham… think glitter, fairy wings, and other accessories.
We need to work collectively to bring about a ‘sea change’ in our attitudes towards plastics consumption. This event provided students with the opportunity to apply their skills and creativity to encourage businesses to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics and so preserve the environment for future generations.
-This blog post was written by Amanda Thompson, director of Taught Undergraduate Programmes at NBS, Many thanks from the Green Academy!
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