Coleg Gwent students have recently found an innovative way to recycle old and unwanted work boots, by turning them in to bird boxes, which they plan to sell and raise money for charity.
The multiskills students from City of Newport Campus, were inspired to turn their old and worn out boots into ‘Homes for birds with Sole’ as part of their tutorial enrichment programme (TEP).
Part of the TEP is about getting involved and giving to the local community, which led the students to decide to sell their creations to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Students have been taking orders for the bird boxes and plan to sell the rest in an eBay style auction.
Level 1 Electrical Installation student, Ross Lang said: “It is a win-win situation. We are reducing waste and helping the environment by making homes for birds and hopefully raising lots of money for a good cause at the same time.”
Lecturer, Paul Bright said: “I was amazed at the ‘out of the box thinking’ by the students when they suggested re-using the old boots to make a product that they could sell. We had a clear-out and for some reason we had a lot of odd ones left, which we were going to throw out. I looked at the odd boots as rubbish. It just goes to show what creative minds the students have as well as seeing the potential for raising money out of waste.”