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Businesses invited to go green with Hotbox 500

With environmental issues at the top of many business agendas, local companies are being invited to task Plymouth University students with this unique sustainability challenge.

Hotbox 500 is a project that tasks students with transforming 500 units of unwanted products into something that could be sold or traded to create a positive impact on the community. 

Businesses are asked to donate 500 (or less) units of a waste product that would typically otherwise be recycled or go direct to landfill. The aim of this activity is for students to repurpose these products to create another use for them, demonstrating a sustainable approach to physical resources and the natural environment as they go. 

This year, the Hotbox 500 event will take part on Tuesday 8 November as part of the National Festival of Social Science in partnership with Economic and Social Research Council. The event will see approximately 80 secondary schools students take part. 

Hotbox 500 provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills for community and environmental benefit, and is a great introduction to sustainable business practices.

The Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, who coordinate the Hotbox 500 project, are inviting business to come forward with examples of waste products to challenge the students' creativity with. Although the challenge is based around the figure of 500 items, businesses are not required to contribute the full amount - just enough for the students to be able to get a good grasp on their potential. 

Businesses donating waste items are also invited to contribute to the day by give a short presentation about your business and products, meet the team and students and stay for the judging, if they wish. Participating companies will be mentioned in Plymouth University media and local and regional newspapers and will have the opportunity to forge links with represnatives acorss the University. Following the event, a case study will be created and shared with any particicants to use for their own PR.

For more information, or to express an intere in taking part, please contact Elena Novakova, Network Advisor (External Relations)
Futures Entrepreneurship Centre on elena.novakova@plymouth.ac.uk, or call 01752 585595.  

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