Press Release | 19th June 2020 | For Immediate Release

GSL SustainaCycle competition – launched

On Day 2, of the GSL Festival @ Home, a new ‘student-led’ challenge was launched by students from Wellington College, which is open to students from anywhere in the world to take part in.

The new competition is focused on upcycling and donating.  This will be called the “GSL student-led SustainaCycle competition“.

The challenge has been developed by student leaders, Jemima and Guy who are ambassadors of the GSL movement.

Guy and Jemima announced the competition at the Festival today.  Please find below the focus they have chosen and their thinking behind the challenge, shared in the assembly hall.

“The aim of this competition, is to have sustainability and upcycling at its very centre, hence the name SustainaCycle. 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 are really excited to launch this competition which is all about upcycling and donating. This concept of waste reduction, sustainability and circularity is so important and also a key part of the circular economy.

We are so excited to hear from Clemence Golinelli & Ilma Stankeviciute who are from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which has had a pioneering role in designing and educating people about this alternative, sustainable economic model of the circular economy.

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

We really hope that you enjoy the rest of the GSL festival @ home and stay safe, well and happy!”

This competition will include donations of items from four categories:

  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.

Jemima says:

I’m 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!

Guy says:

I’m also 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 Festival @ Home

Jon Harper, says:

The aim of the GSL Festival @ Home, is to spark action, our message is to think global, act social and start now. We want to connect students globally, and we are delighted, students from Wellington have developed this challenge for the GSL community, to take part in.

The Global Social Leaders team, is delighted, to support and share this student-led competition.  We will be announcing further details on the competition shortly, and inviting you to register interest in taking part.  You will then receive further details on the competition developed by the students themselves. 

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Registration for this competition is now live, click on the button below to register for more information. 


Future Foundations

Founded in December 2004, Future Foundations is an independent training organisation that aims to inspire young people to achieve their full potential and become leaders within their lives and in society. Its vision is a world where all organisations are led by socially conscious people, with every young person making the transition into adulthood with the foundations they need for their future.

We design and deliver pioneering training programmes and experiences for young people between the ages of 7 and 24 globally and for teachers and adults who want to inspire the next generation. We partner with leading organisations from the third, private, and public sector who share our vision and mission.

Working with over 20,000 young people in the last fifteen years, Future Foundations has delivered programmes for government departments, schools, colleges, universities and global companies.

Future Foundations was a winner of the Department for Education Character Awards 2015. In 2016, Chief Executive Jonathan Harper, FRSA, won the RSA Catalyst Award for commitment to supporting young people to achieve their full potential and in 2017 won the Enactus Alumnus of the Year global award, for exemplifying how entrepreneurial action for others can create a better world for all. In 2017, Future Foundations project managed a response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, working with Ark, the Aldridge Foundation and Kensington and Chelsea council, to organise a four-week summer programme of activities for young people living in the local community, who had been impacted directly or indirectly.

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Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute

Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute is a part of Wellington College and aims to develop leaders with the passion, values and skills to serve and make a positive difference to the lives of others. They deliver this vision through partnering with organisations in the public and private sector, including the Government, the Civil Service, the Cabinet Office, schools (local, national and international), universities (Oxford, Harvard, UPenn, Birmingham, UC Berkeley), charities, businesses and the Armed Forces.
The WLCI was founded on the core values of Wellington College: courage, integrity, respect, responsibility and kindness. It has three pillars, which inform the type of leaders it hopes to develop: leaders with great strength of character; the desire to serve and the skills needed to become a positive leader. The WLCI team have presented on leadership at Number 10, the Cabinet Office, the Department of Education, in China, Singapore, Mozambique and Australia, as well as for England Rugby.

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