Students become a recycling revelation
Putting the saying ‘‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’’ to the test has turned out to be award winning for a group of Putaruru College business studies students.
Year 13 students Mart Akkersma, Abigail King, Hannah Saies, Jordan Fabrie, Aidan Berge, and Everest Fitch have taken out the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Sustainability Award.
The award was part of the 2016 Waikato- King Country Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Annual Awards.
Under the business name Deco the students created picture frames and other decorative pieces out of reusable materials such as old totara fence battens.
They also had to create business cards and order forms so that they could sell them.
Jordan said with limited funds creating the products from reusable materials, which they largely sourced from their teacher Dave Shaw’s farm, made sense.
‘‘We really wanted to recycle stuff because it would be cheaper and we didn’t have a lot of money to use,’’ he said.
‘‘The initial idea was to make candle holders out of driftwood but we just kept experimenting with scrap and native woods and ended up making the picture frames and decorative pieces,’’ Mart added.
Abigail said once they had enough pieces created they took them to the Hamilton Night Market.
‘‘For a while we just had them
‘‘It was nice to have a night out.’’ Jordan Fabrie
on display trying to get the word out and then we took them to the market where a few of the bigger pieces managed to sell quite easily, ‘‘she said.
‘‘It was nice to have a night out,’’ Jordan said.
Mart said it was an enjoyable experience taking part in the contextual learning project.
‘‘It was a lot better than maths and English because it was a real life experience rather than something that was just made up like; ’Jane has five apples and she sells three of them’,’’ he said.
The students spent a few hours creating each piece.
Everest said they managed to make about $300 during the market which he though was quite impressive.
‘‘We could have made a lot more if we had put more time into it,’’ she said.
They thanked Shaw for his guidance during the project.
Putaruru College Year 13 students win the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Sustainability Award with their recycled wooden creations.