Students win at Waste Less Textiles competition

28th March 2017 10:41am - Return to press releases

Students win at Waste Less Textiles competition

Dresses made from old duvets, sheets and pillowcases were just some of the creations on display made by students in a recycled fashion competition.

Budding fashion designers from East Riding College took part in the annual Lets Waste Less Textiles fashion competition, which was organised by officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s waste and recycling team.

This year, students were challenged to come up with creations that would breathe new life into old bedding which may have been destined for landfill as around 6.5 per cent of all waste put into green bins is clothing or other fabric items.

East Riding College swept the board in the Year 12 and 13 category with students Hayley Campbell and Elland Hill, claiming winner and runner up awards.


The entries were judged by Tracey Cassidy, a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and a trained fashion designer, and Denise Davies, who has taught textiles for more than 20 years and is currently the chief examiner for AQA GCSE textile technology and principal moderator for A Level Product Design: Textiles.  The winners and runners up all won high street shopping vouchers.


Winner Hayley Campbell, who is studying Level 3 Fashion in Bridlington said, "It was great fun to participate in the competition, it helped to broaden our creative skill set, and to develop our production skills working to a live brief."


Runner up Elland Hill said, "It’s a great opportunity to be part of a local competition that promotes recycling, especially within the fashion industry, on my fashion course we are renowned for our use of reuse and recycle for fashion  and textiles, and we can't wait to be a part of the competition again next year".


Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for 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 green bins and we are trying to encourage residents to recycle their old textiles and clothing and take them to any of the clothing banks that are located across the East Riding.”