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Change the World at a fairandfunky workshop!

This blog is inspired by a game of recycling facts top trumps we played on twitter with @Nlifepaints


fairandfunky lead a number of interactive educational workshops in schools, but we also run creative drop in recycling workshops in our wider community. fairandfunky creative craft workshops use recycled materials and plenty of imagination! Everything we use (where possible) is recycled, either from the home or from local businesses. We are members of SCRAP Leeds and a lot of our materials are sourced from there: a treasure trove of scrap; full to the rafters of discarded materials, originally destined for landfill.


Our workshops are accessible to all. The crafts are intentionally simple so that anyone, whether they are 2 or 22 (or older!) can be involved. The message that you, as an individual, can take little steps to change the world, is a very important one to fairandfunky. By showing that a simple small action, like reusing and not throwing away, changes the world, we are empowering people of all ages and abilities to do just that. Encouraging participants to think about the world around them, and take positive action is what fairandfunky is all about!


And it is these facts, exchanged with @Nlifepaints, which inspire fairandfunky to take action and create positive change:


17 billion plastic bags are given away at the supermarkets every year. That’s 290 per person. These can take over 400 years to break down


The amount of waste paper buried each year would fill 103,488 double decker buses.


1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power the TV for 3 hours


1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for 3 hours


60% of rubbish that goes in household dustbins could be recycled.


The average family throws away 6 trees worth of paper in their bin a year


A third of all clothes bought in the UK end up in landfill, but if they were donated for reuse or recycling they could generate £140 million in revenue! No need to ever throw clothes away!


Join us at our next workshop and you too can take your own little steps to change the world.


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