School cafe in Bedford built from 100% recycled waste
A school has become a ‘living breathing example of sustainability’ by transforming an unused area into a cafe made from 100 percent recycled materials.
The cafe at Castle Newnham, Bedford, was created using discarded items taken from around the school site, BBC wrote.
Principal Ruth Wilkes said pupils had been shown exactly what can be achieved through recycling.
Designer Nikkita Palmer said, “I wanted to make something the pupils could learn from and love.”
She said the project was one of the most enjoyable she had worked on and she had been given a £1,000 budget.
The money was raised by pupils at the state school, but the work was carried out by Ms. Palmer.
It meant she raided every skip and cupboard at the school to find the materials, which included old science stools, an old textiles cupboard and abandoned pallets.
Ms Wilkes said, “This project really has become a living breathing example of sustainability for the pupils.
“They are aware of the need to protect the environment and this is one way they have contributed to it.”
One Year 9 pupil said the cafe was “much more relaxed that a normal dining hall — you feel like you’re in a cafe in town”, while another in the year below said “it makes us realize what you can do with rubbish”.
Palmer, 25, lives on a narrow boat in Northamptonshire and has her workshop in Stevington, just outside Bedford, with her partner Billy Barker, 35.
She said she was brought up, out of necessity, to buy from car boot sales and charity shops.
“Being from a single parent family, we had very little money,” she said.
“I hated it then, but now I love it, as it taught me to take unwanted items, do them up and sell them to make money.”