Winners of a fashion competition who created new outfits using recycled materials have been presented with their prizes.
Budding fashion designers from Driffield School and East Riding College in Bridlington were among students taking part in this year’s Let’s Waste Less Textiles competition organised by waste and recycling officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
This year students were challenged to create new outfits, cushions and cuddly toys that would breathe new life into old clothing, bedding and other fabrics.
The overall winner was Driffield School student Mollie Smith who created a stunning dress from a number of different recycled fabrics.
Fellow Driffield School students Holly Oliver-Newman and Alice Wakeley won the Year 10 and 11 and Year 8 and 9 categories, with runners up Ella Myers and Erin Thompson.
Hayley Campbell from East Riding College in Bridlington was named winner of the Year 12 and 13 category, with fellow student Elland Hill as runner up.
All winners and runners up were presented with high street shopping vouchers and certificates by waste and recycling officer Karen Wagg.
The Let’s Waste Less Textiles competition is held by the council to encourage young people, and all residents, to reuse and recycle clothing and textiles instead of throwing them in their bins.
Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It never ceases to amaze me what creations the students come up with year on year and the quality of entries just gets better.
“We are finding a lot of textiles end up in household bins and we are trying to encourage residents to recycle their old textiles and clothing by making new use of them, or by taking them to any of the clothing banks that are located across the East Riding.”
Each year in the East Riding around 8% of all rubbish put in blue bins is textiles, which cannot be recycled and just goes to waste. That is 2,820 tonnes of fabrics from an overall total of 35,245 tonnes of waste collected for recycling.