Published On: Wed, Oct 30th, 2019

Learning Unlimited hosts 2nd Annual Upcylcing Fair

Learning Unlimited hosts 2nd Annual Upcylcing Fair

Learning Unlimited hosted its 2 nd annual Upcycling Fair for its middle school classes (6th, 7th, and 8th ) on Tuesday, October 30. Initiated by the schools Head of Science and Middle School Coordinator Mrs. Preeti Notani in 2018, the fair featured 23 projects for the 2019 school year. First, second and third place winners were selected for each of the classes.

Upcycling involves reusing an item in such a way that its value is increased. Upcycling, also known as creative re-use, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, and useless or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or even for better environmental value.

According to Notani, the Upcycling Fair is planned to encourage students and the community to find ways to reduce the amount of garbage thrown into landfills. The main goal of this project is to inspire students to “use what you’ve got,” which is really what society needs to do more of in general, as well as to move away from the constant buying of new things. “We need to make full use of resources we already have, rather than using them once and discarding them,” she said.

Upcycling is not the same as recycling. Recycling takes consumer materials — mostly plastic, paper, metal, and glass — and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality.

Learning Unlimited hosts 2nd Annual Upcylcing Fair

Picture Caption1: Grade 7A first-place winners Anne Kingma and Charlie Gumbis with their project “Book Swap” a rotating bookshelf/reading table with the top adorned with bottle caps.

Picture Caption2: Grade 7A second-place winners Ghassan Yousef, Param Jessani, Malachi Martis and Aryan Jhangiani with their project of a house and fence out of plastic bottles.