Old deck chairs and deflated bouncy castles get a new lease of life

Wightlink has got together with Isle of Wight-based recycling pioneers Inflatable Amnesty to transport materials across the Solent.
To re-use, recycle and contribute to a circular economy, the ferry company carried hundreds of metres of canvas, previously used on deck chairs in London’s Royal Parks, to the Isle of Wight. The hardwearing cloth is now being transformed by Inflatable Amnesty into stylish bags that will delight eco-conscious customers.

Wightlink also took dozens of boxes of salvaged plastic from broken inflatables, vinyl banners, and bouncy castles from the Isle of Wight to the mainland to become raw material for innovative artist Boogaloo Stu. Stu transformed the unwanted plastic into captivating sculptures at his studio in Brighton and they’re now on display at The Funny Hole art exhibition in Hastings.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Inflatable Amnesty in repurposing plastic waste that was destined for landfill,” says Keith Greenfield, Wightlink’s Chief Executive. “We’re passionate about responsible consumption and 99% of our own waste is recycled or used to make electricity. This partnership not only aligns with our sustainability values but also underscores our dedication to making a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

Inflatable Amnesty founder, Georgia Wyatt-Lovell, is delighted: “Wightlink’s commitment to sustainability is truly commendable. By transporting these materials across the Solent, they have enabled us to create meaningful, eco-conscious products and artworks, contributing to a cleaner environment and a brighter future,” she says.

Boogaloo Stu’s exhibition is on at The Observer Building in Hastings this weekend (20-21 April) www.theobserverbuilding.org.uk

Deck chair bags will soon be available from www.inflatableamnesty.com

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