Merton Council calls on young style junkies

Merton Council is calling on young people from around the borough to transform trash into a creative costume through the new Style Junkies competition.

Style Junkies (credit - Carmen by John Petrey)

Style Junkies (Carmen by John Petrey)

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

Students from Wimbledon College of Art and any Merton local authority primary and secondary school can take part by designing a high-end outfit from recycled and reworked materials like crisp packets, polystyrene, plastic bottles, paper, packaging and even electrical wire. As part of the entry, applicants will need to supply approximately 150 words of information about their piece, including details of the materials used. To take part, students should submit their expression of interest by 17 March 2015. The competition closing date is 20 April 2015.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders, said: “At the moment, residents recycle 39% of their rubbish, but this could be so much higher. 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.”

To find out more visit the Style Junkies webpage.