Published: Friday, 13th April 2018
Budding fashionistas aged 16-34 years from across Norfolk are being asked to come up with great designs for new fashion, as part of a Norfolk Fashion Design Challenge competition.
Entrants will also be in with a chance of showcasing their work as part of Recycle for Norfolk’s summer plastic recycling campaign.
Recycle for Norfolk, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and the plastic recycling charity RECOUP are supporting this novel fashion design competition which will see up to ten finalists get to make their garment from a stock of fabric made from recycled plastic, and take part in a fashion show as part of the One Planet Norwich Festival being held at The Forum on 9 and 10 June.
Backed by Marks and Spencer and RPC Group plc, it’s hoped the Norfolk Fashion Design Challenge will showcase recycled plastic on the catwalk with the help of the many talented fashion designers across Norfolk. Entries close on 30 April for the competition.
Stuart Foster, CEO of RECOUP, which is working with Norfolk councils to deliver the project said, “This project provides a great opportunity to reduce confusion householders may have when recycling plastics and to ensure that the resource is recycled and does not end up in the natural environment”.
Councillor Ian Devereux, the borough council's portfolio holder for the Environment said:
“Putting recycled plastic on the catwalk and the Norfolk Fashion Design competition is a great way for schools, colleges and Norfolk’s fashion designers of the future to showcase their work and help to promote recycling at the same time. It would be great if one of west Norfolk’s residents gets to see their design brought to life on the catwalk on 9 June.”
Councillor John Fisher, Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership commented “Norfolk’s councils are working hard to recycle as many plastic packaging containers as possible. Plastic gets a bad press when it’s only designed for single use. However, plastic pots, tubs, punnets, trays and bottles are all easy to recycle and we need the good folk of Norfolk to be clear how to recycle as many of these items as possible.”
Recycle for Norfolk’s plastic recycling campaign takes to the road from 9 to 30 June, visiting town centres across Norfolk to showcase what plastic packaging containers can be recycled and explaining how householders can ensure their plastic is truly recycled by keeping items clean, dry and loose in their recycling bins.
RECOUP Communications Manager, Anne Hitch, emphasised that “RECOUP is excited about a project that is aimed not just at inspiring consumers to recycle, but through art is demonstrating the different end markets of recycled plastics.”
David Baker, Commercial Director, RPC Promens commented “RPC is delighted to be involved with this project, which will demonstrate the importance of recycling and that recycled plastics can be used for applications that are not always obvious. We look forward to seeing plenty of creative designs.”