The Wellington College Environmental Society (ESOC) challenges you to take part in the SustainaCycle competition!

What is the Wellington College Environmental Society (ESOC)?

Wellington College is a co-educational day and boarding independent school in the village of Crowthorne, Berkshire, and the Wellington College Environmental Society is run by student leaders, Guy and Jemima.

Guy says:

I’m a pupil at Wellington College where I’m fortunate to be the Head of College. It has been an amazing to be a part of such an amazing organisation as GSL, where I had the opportunity to judge the wonderful semi-final entries and I hope that you have all been enjoying the GSL Summer Catalyst @Home.

Jemima says:

I’m a also a pupil at Wellington College in year 12. I have had so much fun working with GSL in the past and feel so honoured to be a part of it, which is why I am super excited to introduce this competition!

The Challenge

The aim of SustainaCycle competition is to have sustainability and upcycling at its very centre, hence the name! The reason why this competition is so important to us, is because it will not only be environmentally sustainable by reducing waste but it will have a combined effect, by also having a brilliant social impact by donating to those in need. Therefore, we hope that you will all come on board with this competition and be as enthusiastic as we all are at GSL in making this meaningful and positive change. Even the smallest of actions or donations can go a long way, so please give anything you can towards this competition. So, to make a Sustainacycle project, we would encourage you to think of a genuine need in your own community or around the world and how you can help to tackle that problem through upcycling and donating things which will help to address these needs.

Upcycling just means to find a new purpose for items that are unused currently and then give them a new lease of life where they are really useful to others. So, it’s as simple as that, find things that you or someone you know possibly doesn’t use and then give these things to people who you think would really benefit from them.

We really look forward to seeing your upcycling and donating “sustainacycle” projects.


  1. Food products, especially tinned goods.
  2. Clothes, shoes and sanitary products.
  3. Electronics, books and stationery and other education resources
  4. Household items, such as cutlery, furniture, lightbulbs etc.

At the end of the challenge, students will be invited to submit short videos (3-5 minutes long), describing the journey of their project and how it has had positive environmental and social benefits. These videos will be shared throughout the GSL community, in order to inspire even more people like you to take part, and to learn from each other how we can all reduce our waste.