MyWaste.ie and the Environmental Protection Agency set a challenge this year to “unearth the imagination within and create something new out of something old”. The TY Global Citizenship group decided to save some old unwanted items destined for the landfill by upcycling them. The students had to document the journey they took, including taking photographs of before and after the transformation. Calvin Cairns, Aristjon Mirashi and Richard Svaza rescued an unwanted old stool from the local dump and painted it and reupholstered it. Kieran Duggan and Conor Brennan transformed some used car tyres into colourful planters that are now brightening the entrance to our school. Harry Bull repaired and revamped a tired looking deck chair from his shed at home. Patrick O’Grady and Robbie O’Brien completely changed the look of a small chest of drawers again found at the local dump and made it suitable for a little girls room. Darragh Nolan turned a used childrens hula hoop and some unwanted old t-shirts into a decorative wall hanging. Paul Griffin and Leon Baja, with the help of the rest of the class, turned some unwanted plastic blue barrels into colourful recycling bins to be used in our school.
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