Neil Lawrence, a Residence Manager, joined the workshop as he wanted to learn how empty crisp packets could help keep people warmer and dryer. Neil commented that, after spending ‘the afternoon fusing packets and plastic together’, he ‘saw first-hand how thick and sturdy the crisp packet survival blankets were.’
Neil also noted the benefits for those who took part in the workshop: ‘It is a fun and crafty way to recycle for good and I would highly recommend this workshop for colleagues and students to get involved and to make a difference in our community.’
The survival blankets created during the in-person workshops were distributed to community organisations, such as the Slough Food Bank, which supports local people in crisis.
Following the success of the in-person sessions, LaiHa plans to launch workshops across King’s Residences during the next academic year to continue supporting the Crisp Packet Project and to help build connections between King’s staff, students and local communities.