The company, which manufactures plastic housewares under the Wham brand, is based at Altham in Lancashire.
Pupils of Peel Park Primary School in nearby Accrington have been learning about plastic waste in the environment and teacher Claire Hilton invited What More UK into the classroom for a morning of facts and fun about plastic.
What More UK marketing and product development manager Adam Wilkinson said: “When we first walked into the classroom we asked the pupils if plastic was good or bad. Not surprisingly, the vast majority said it was bad.
“What they didn’t realise is the difference between single-use plastic and something like a plastic container. To support their learning, we explained how as a company we want to make products that last, meaning less plastic in the oceans and less pollution. That’s why we have created the UPCYCLED range.”
The children were shown three different types of plastic boxes that were all made from plastic that already exists. The first was a Wham UPCYCLED box, made from items such as plastic bottles, yoghurt pots and pot noodles. The second was a Wham Recycled box. made from factory waste like plastic offcuts. The third – and the one they found the most exciting – was made from waste product created from banknotes: the Wham Banknote Box.
Adam continued: “We explained to the children that we are doing our job as a manufacturer, making products from items that would ordinarily end up in landfill. The bank is doing its part by recycling their waste. But the UPCYCLED box being created depends on what they do with their waste – as a school, as a family and as an individual.”
Claire commented: “We are so grateful to What More UK for coming into the school. It really supported our learning and got the children talking. As a school we can definitely do more to recycle, and that is our mission after the summer. We have our new Wham UPCYCLED boxes in the school hall, and the plan is to use these for litter picking and storing recycling.
“The visit supported our learning, inspired [the pupils] and assisted in them growing to become responsible young people who are more aware of their own plastic waste.”