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'Rags to Riches' for Collingwood's Borneo Students

A group of 15 Collingwood students are raising money to fund a community project in Borneo this summer.

They say one person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure - this is certainly true for our Borneo Trip students who have just signed up to the ‘Phil’ the Bag Clothes Recycling Scheme that will turn old and unwanted clothing into much needed funds for the organisation. 

A team of 15 students are raising money in order to fund a community project they will undertake in Borneo this summer where they hope to build a new playground for children at one of the schools in a small rural village. They are running their fundraising recycling campaign in partnership with experts at ‘Phil’ the Bag, who will give the Borneo team up to £600 for every tonne of clothing collected.  As they pay by the kilo, every item counts, so our fundraising potential is tremendous!

When old clothes are binned they end up in landfill sites. Textiles make up 12% of landfill.  By recycling them, you can help to protect the environment. 

“Despite a number of local textile banks and charity shops that welcome donations of used clothing, many people still bin their old unwanted clothing– why not donate them instead?  You’ll be helping us raise money for our Borneo community project and you’ll be helping the environment at the same time.”  Colin Clarke (Year 13 student)

“Fundraising traditionally calls for donations of money, but not this time!  Instead, we want items usually placed in the bin.  In this climate of fast-fashion, people are replacing their clothes more frequently than ever.  The old ones usually end up binned, or are left in the back of a wardrobe, gathering dust.”  Lara Anisman (Year 13 student)

To participate in this eco-friendly fundraiser, simply drop off your unwanted clothing in any type of bag at any College Reception on/before Friday 19 April. 

To find out more about ‘Phil’ the Bag visit or call 01795 424404. 

Miss Evans - Borneo Trip Co-ordinator

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