Vinyl Banner to Bags – a waste reduction experiment.

Vinyl banners are a great way to promote an event or share a message and are commonly used at Manchester Met. Unfortunately, once they are no longer needed they cannot be easily recycled.

An idea was submitted as part of our Ideas into Action programme to upcycle waste vinyl into practical products, which fits with our commitment to reduce and reuse up to 85% of our waste by 2020. To bring this idea to life, we have funded and worked with colleagues from across the university, including Department of Apparel who have designed and produced a number of prototypes for us.

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Since then we have been working with local co-operative Stitched Up who have agreed to produce a bulk of products including bags and wallets, all from our waste vinyl. See our bags in production below.

Most companies will take back pop-up vinyl banners and replace the vinyl inside making use again of the casing. This can save you money and waste.

Find out more about the ideas we have been developing as part of the programme including interactive bins, bat boxes and greenhouses here.


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