CHILDREN have challenged their classmates to make new treasures out of old tat.
Pupils at Ruislip Gardens Primary School in Stafford Road, Ruislip have been making bags and cushions from their old jeans and T-shirts as part of their roles as ‘eco-warriors’.
Children from each class are chosen for the job for one school year, and in that time they come up with a series of recycling challenges for their classmates.
Alison Sweeney, resources officer at the school, said: “We pick new eco-warriors each year so everyone gets a turn, and often lots of children put their hands up to get involved. There are 15 eco-warriors in the group who have been making bags by sewing, tying and sticking their old jeans together.”
The cushions made by the pupils featured colourful logos and patterns which once adorned their T-shirts.
The school will unveil its new library on July 9, and the best cushion made by the eco-warriors will take pride of place in the seating area.
The parents and teachers association Friends of Ruislip Gardens School, known as FROGS, also supports the recycling effort by organising Bag2School, a national textile recycling scheme where children bring in a bag of their old clothes which are then sent to developing countries. The school is paid, and the cash goes to the FROGS.