Call for fashionistas to take part in competition to get recycled plastic fashion on the catwalk
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There could be more to plastic fashion than just wearing pink on Wednesdays.
Budding fashionistas from across the county are being asked to get creative and design recycled plastic fashion for the catwalk.
As part of the recycling campaign Recycle for Norfolk, aspiring fashion designers aged between 16 and 34 years from across the county are being urged to take part in the Norfolk Fashion Design Challenge competition.
The competition will see up to ten finalists create a garment from fabric made from recycled plastic.
They will then showcase their creations at a fashion show at the One Planet Norwich Festival being held at The Forum on June 9 and 10.
The fashion show is being backed by West Norfolk council, plastic recycling charity RECOUP, Marks and Spencer and RPC Group plc.
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.
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'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.'
Stuart Foster, chief executive of RECOUP, added: '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.'
Recycle for Norfolk's plastic recycling campaign takes to the road from Saturday June 9 to June 30, visiting town centres across Norfolk to showcase what plastic packaging containers can be recycled.
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.'
Entries for the competition close on Monday, April 30. More details can be found at: www.recyclefornorfolk.com/fashionchallenge.