Love Our Planet at Bucks
Date: 14th Feb 2020
Love Our Planet day at Bucks reaffirmed our commitment to helping the environment - and we have plenty to be proud of in our work to help the planet and fight against climate change.
We have always taken our environmental responsibilities seriously and have a proud track record of making a positive impact on the environment, and within our communities.
Today (14 February) we are marking Valentines Day by illustrating all that we love about our work for the environment.
So please keep looking at this page and our social media to see all the great work we're doing.
- Eco-friendly leather could spell a more sustainable future for fashion
BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Emily Hopkins (pictured) is doing her bit to help the environment and is using a type of 'vegan leather’ she grows from a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.
- Sustainably-sourced materials help Amy highlight lost and endangered species
Third-year BA (Hons) Textile Design student Amy Dance has used sustainably-sourced materials including nettle fibre, hemp, and polyester made from recycled bottles for her final project.
- 'We want to be sustainable - but barriers still exist'
Karina Thomas, Senior Lecturer in BA (Hons) Textile Design, says sustainability issues and working for the benefit of the environment are a growing part of the curriculum - but market forces and a lack of materials are proving barriers for students.
- Research leads to climate change preservation policies
Research we have contributed to on the impact of effectively utilising natural resources has played a part in international action to mitigate climate change, including protecting 200,000 hectares of forest in Romania and 400,000 hectares in Ghana.
Our graduates and lecturers
2019 BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate Corran Mackerron looked to raise awareness of the impact 'fast fashion' is having on plastic pollution through a range of garments embellished with recycled plastic and made using eco-innovative materials. Corran's work was included Sky Ocean Rescue as part of its Pass on Plastic campaign. See a film below.
Kahyawan (pictured), from Northern Iraq, graduated in BA (Hons) Product Design in 2019 and produced a water filter to remove potentially-damaging chlorine, making it safer and more enjoyable to drink.
2019 BA (Hons) Product Design: Interior Product made a sustainable chandelier, called a Luminature, from three layers of handmade paper and said it showed how items could look attractive and also be good for the environment.
WATERSPOUTT is coordinated by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and aims to reduce the number of people worldwide relying on unsafe drinking water. Solar water disinfection (SODIS) buckets designed by Lyndon Buck, Principal Lecturer in Product Design, and PhD student Richard Harlow, are being used by more than 500 families in the Chikwawa region of Malawi, in south east Africa.