Sixth formers collaborate with Wyatt and Jack to avoid school banners going to landfill

A group of young people at Ryde School – who work hard to raise awareness of environmental issues – recently teamed up with Isle of Wight small business, Wyatt and Jack, to collaborate on a project aimed at reducing what goes into landfill.

ryde school and wyatt and jack bags with 'green people' cropped

We love hearing about Isle of Wight collaborations that seek to improve the world we live in.

One latest initiative we recently learnt about was between Ryde School’s ‘Green People’ environmental group and Wyatt and Jack – the Isle of Wight-based company that creates sustainable bags and accessories from unwanted materials such as former deck chairs, bouncy castles and inflatables.

Banners into bags
A short while back, Wyatt and Jack added banners to the list of items they could accept and turn into bags rather than the items go to landfill (hurrah for them!).

Ryde School Sixth Formers, Maddie and Ollie from ‘Green People’, identified that the school has many banners created for various events each year and decided to get in touch with Georgia from Wyatt & Jack to see whether she’d be happy to turn the banners into bags.

As you can see from the photo below, the collaboration was successful and the results excellent!

 (Miss Ball), Miss Drabble, Dr Speller, Matt, Ollie and Pip
Miss Ball, Miss Drabble, Dr Speller, Matt, Ollie and Pip

One of many green projects
Re-purposing of unwanted banners is just one of many environmental projects the ‘Green People’ have spearheaded.

They’ve also been responsible for the school-wide reduction of single-use plastic. Miss Ball (pictured above) explained to OnTheWight that reusable stainless steel water bottles are now used throughout the school, replacing plastic bottles.

Thanks to the efforts of the ‘Green People’ the school dining hall also now has meat-free Mondays and Maddie is a leading light in the school’s gardening club.

Circular economy and beach cleans
The group recently led a sustainability week – which included a talk on the Circular Economy from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and pupils take part in Surfers Against Sewage beach cleans.

All of those involved in the ‘Green People’ project are certainly doing what they can to raise awareness for environmental issues and the steps they’re taking can only been seen as positive. Well done to you all!

Check out the collections
To find out more about Wyatt&Jack’s products check out their Website or pop along to the Flagship Store (which doubles up as an Inflatable Amnesty Collection Point) at
8 Union Street, Ryde.

The store is open Thursday and Fridays between 12pm-3pm and Saturdays 11-3pm.

Thanks to Isle of Wight designer Shaun Cuff for the heads-up. As well as working with Ryde School and Wyatt & Jack, Shaun also designed OnTheWight’s identity in 2012.

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14 Comments on "Sixth formers collaborate with Wyatt and Jack to avoid school banners going to landfill"

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Alternative Perspective
Perhaps I shouldn’t end on a ‘downer’ incase any students are read. I recall about twenty five years ago attending a conference on our ecological future, talk centred around who was responsible for recycling, with the view circulating manufacturers would ultimately have responsibility for disposing of redundant products, and that this was going to influence the design and manufacture of products so they can be easily disassembled… Read more »
Alternative Perspective
If you genuinely want to make a contribution to the planet, then consume and manufacture less ephemeral stuff. Save the planets finite energy for more important things and focus more on leaving a much lighter global footprint. Go into any Shopping Mall here in the UK, or abroad, and you’ll discover it is a huge retail dinosaur that is dying, and that’s a good thing. Invest your… Read more »

Perhaps thinking about creating less c£@p in the first place would be a far better way to help us humans in the long run?


Lol plastic bottles can be reused too!
Still there is a lot less resources going into making a stainless bottle isn’t there?
Deluded springs to mind!

Highway to Hell
Wow AP, I’m so glad you are supportive of this recycling effort by a group of youngsters.The praise you offer them is almost gushing… Seriously, you’re objecting to shopping bags made from old banners? One day, maybe all the supermarkets will stop handing out free carrier bags, or maybe introduce a small charge for them – imagine the reduction in the amount of single use plastics in… Read more »
Alternative Perspective
I had hoped to open up a wider debate, but OK, let’s return to this article then. One last pop, not at our youngsters, but at our pseudo do good older generation quick to jump on the recycling bandwagon to make yet more stuff and keep the wheels of commerce turning, and the money rolling in. From the photograph it looks like these shopping bags are made… Read more »

A brilliant idea!

Alternative Perspective

Did they spot the wonderful irony of making ‘shopping bags’?

A useful accessory designed to carry more bought stuff, that will no doubt end up in landfill.


I’ve got this inkling that you wanted to have a pop more than had something sensible to say. For those of us not subsistence farmers, I tend to find a reusable bag quite handy for weekly supplies.

I think fair play to them and they’ve done something which makes the world a little better rather than a little worse.

Alternative Perspective
It’s about education, not continually selling a lie. Consuming more and more, making more and more ephemeral products, is simply unsustainable. The global idea companies have to make bigger and bigger annual profits is a road to ruin. What is needed, is ‘managed decline’, where we ALL consume less. In the Western World we are the worst offenders when it comes to consumerism, what’s worse is we… Read more »