5 March 2007 — London (UK): first2office, an office2office company, has created an Office Supplies Amnesty (OSA) to highlight the importance of recycling office products.
As part of its awareness campaign, the company donated non-recyclable office supplies to seven Royal College of Art students competing to win £1,250 ($2,407) for producing artwork made out of the waste materials.
Tom Winstanley won first prize for his collection of artwork, which included a spherical black ball made totally from notebook wire and a bird of prey made from recycled plastic folders.
first2office created the OSA initiative to highlight the importance of recycling office supplies after calling for companies across London and the South East to donate their unusable, broken or surplus office products.
Gabbi Hillier, the company’s marketing director, said; "We wanted to create a recycling campaign that would benefit a range of people and companies. Getting companies involved in the donation means not only have they spring cleaned their office, but have also donated items that In Kind Direct have distributed to a variety of charities across the UK. The RCA exhibition is the pièce de résistance. The seven students have worked extremely hard to transform simple office supplies into brilliant works of art."