The pop bottle green house is complete!

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A huge thank you to everyone who donated a plastic bottle, we have finally reached our total and the green house is nearly complete.

Our bottle collecting journey started back in September 2018, the intake started slow with just one collection point in NUSU reception. A great deal of the bottles were collected from Jo’s team mates who kindly saved their bottles to contribute to the green house. Thank you Newcastle Roller Girls

In the New Year the collection points expanded and were located in different halls including Joseph Cowen and Castle Leases. Please note these collection points are no longer there – recycle you bottles!

Each Tuesday and Thursday volunteers would meet to cut the ends off the bottles, tear off the wrappers and prep for the construction. Once we collected enough for a wall volunteers headed up to the roof top near Luther’s bar to add the bottles to the metal frame. Cable ties, bamboo sticks and rope was used to secure the bottles in place. Over the windy weeks we sadly lost a few bottles (RIP) but we have plenty of donations to make up for it.

There a few finishing touches to be added to the green house but once complete it will be used to grow vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and chillies.

If you would like to be involved with the gardening, please email Jon on volunteerpw1.union@newcastle.ac.uk

Now that we are no longer collecting the bottles be sure to recycle these elsewhere. If you come up for a new idea for upcycling plastic bottles the let Tammy for A Second Life, Go Volunteers upcycling volunteering project know, I’m sure A Second life would be keen for new ideas.

Keep your eyes peeled for photos and videos to come! We will also be running a compeition where you can guess the number of bottles used to make the green house... 

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