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:
Food products, especially tinned goods.
Clothes, shoes and sanitary products.
Electronics, books and stationery and other education resources
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.
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!
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.