Islington school turns rags to riches

29/01/2007 - Islington school turns rags to riches

Islington Green School lived up to its name when it got involved in a recycling project with LMB Education.

The inner London school approached LMB to help set up The Islington Tree project that would teach students about recycling and offer them an insight into business. Together we came up with a proposal to let the students set up their own textile recycling company.

The students were provided with shoes and clothes bins by LMB and will be paid for everything they collect in their school and community. All money raised will then be put into a college fund for when the students leave school for higher education.

To kick off the project the pupils took a tour of the LMB factory and listened to managing director Lawrence Barry explain how the business works. Following this, communications manager Michelle Barry gave students a class on marketing and design to make sure their recycling business gets noticed.

The students will also to receive hands-on work experience at LMB tailored to suit their interests and strengths. This will range from assisting primary school recycling workshops to learning the logistics of exporting a product worldwide to designing a range of fashionable recycled clothes.

Islington Green Schools teacher, Pete Maiden, said: “The students were totally engaged with the tour of the factory and hearing how a business works, it really captured their imagination.”