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A group of Creative Industries students are taking the Waste Not Want Not maxim literally by using pallets otherwise destined for scrap to create woodwork projects.

A partnership with the company which supplies the College with paper has meant any unwanted pallets are now delivered along with the regular paper deliveries.

The wood has been put to a variety of uses including creating birdboxes, jewellery boxes and 3D artworks and the hardboard from the deliveries has even been used to create scenery for the College's recent production of The Little Shop of Horrors.

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"The best thing about this project is it gives the students the chance to do things that would otherwise be more difficult to achieve," said Mr Welbourne, who is head of the Creative Industries faculty.

"It’s also a vehicle through which we can teach environmental values and the importance of looking after the planet as well as giving our students the chance to create things in wood on a larger scale.”

Murray Liesching, who is sales director at Westcountry Group, explained that pallets were usually collected by a local company for re-use but some regularly ended up going to waste.

"I had a call last year saying Mr Welbourne and his students had used a couple of pallets left over from a large delivery and were interested in getting more.

"So we now deliver them on a regular basis," he said.

Recently Mr Welbourne invited Mr Liesching - whose company has supplied the College with paper for close to 20 years - in to the College to see how the pallets are being used.

"It’s great to see them being used like this and to see the students so enthused by what they’re making,” he said.

"It’s really satisfying and we are really pleased to be helping fulfil the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle agenda.

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"As an ISO 14001certified company - which means our environmental practices have been checked, certified and are monitored - it’s great to see some of our by-products being used in such an innovative way."

Mr Welbourne said he was “very grateful” to Westcountry Group.
“This is the upcycling agenda in action," he said.

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