Trash talk: Merton youngsters invited to take up style gauntlet and remodel rubbish into creative couture

Young eco designers with a flare for fashion are bring invited to transform trash into eclectic custom creations as part of a Merton Council competition.

Style Junkies is encouraging Wimbledon College of Art students and any Merton local authority primary and secondary school to take up the style gauntlet and use recycled and reworked materials to create a one-of-a-king high-end outfit.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders, said the competition would encourage people to think about waste in a more creative way.

She said: “If we all recycled everything we could, we would save £1,500,000 per year.

This competition, as part of Merton’s Mega Recycle, is a fantastic way to encourage young people to re-envision waste in a really creative way.

“We have very talented students in the borough and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.”

Launched as part of Merton’s Mega Recycle, the competition is looking for young people to show their inventiveness and creativity with recyclables and waste and win cash prizes from £100- £1,000 for themselves, their class and school.

Materials such as crisp packets, polystyrene, plastic bottles, paper, packaging and even electrical wire can be used in the projects.

To take part, students should submit their expression of interest by March 17 2015. The competition closing date is 20 April 2015.

For more information visit the Style Junkies webpage.

Picture courtesy of Nic McPhee, with thanks

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