Due to the nature of our work, off-cuts are an inevitable part of our manufacturing process. As such, we are continuously looking for ways of disposing of the off-cuts, without sending it to the landfill. We have found in recent years that a variety of establishments; schools, charities, animal rescues, and individual DIY enthusiasts have benefitted from taking away some of the off-cuts. The feedback we have received has always been positive; that the ply is ideal for a range of uses for both amateurs and professionals.
In July this year, On The Level were invited to visit Magdalen College School, Brackley, and we were delighted to take them up on the offer. We have been donating ply wood to schools for many years, so to have the opportunity to see it being used first-hand by the students was an exciting prospect.
Armed with our professional photographer, Jessie M Photography, we set off and were met at the school by Dominic Copas, Head of Design Technology, then shown to his department to view some previous projects that the students had been working on. Joined by Headteacher, Mr Colling, we were presented with a room full of Year 7 designs for a mobile phone holder, which incorporated a magnifying glass. The students had used the ply wood in a variety of ways, and added several mechanisms in order to allow the wood to move in various ways.
Some of the students joined us later and were good enough to explain the thought process behind their design and to talk a bit about why they enjoyed doing the work.