Putting Recycled Plastic on the Catwalk!

We had a good response to our Fashion Design Challenge Competition.

Nine selected finalists of Recycle for Norfolk’s Fashion Design Challenge competition will show their designed garments on Saturday 9 June as part the One Planet Norwich Festival at The Forum, Norwich.

Partnered with the plastics recycling charity RECOUP, Marks and Spencer, and RPC, the Fashion Show is part of Recycle for Norfolk’s ‘Putting Recycled Plastic on the Catwalk!’ and ‘Plastic Recycling – Cutting the Confusion’ campaigns which aim to showcase the many uses plastic can be put to when it’s recycled along with ensuring the people of Norfolk are knowledgeable about what plastic packaging containers can be recycled.

Recycle for Norfolk’s plastic recycling roadshow takes to the road from 9 June to 28 June, visiting town centres across Norfolk. They will include hands on displays, a giant plastic recycled sculpture, competitions and prizes.  Plastic recycling experts from RECOUP will be on hand to answer people’s queries about their own plastic recycling at each roadshow together with council staff to explain how householders can ensure their plastic is truly recycled by keeping items clean, dry and loose in their recycling bins.

For more information about what can and cannot be recycled in Norfolk visit our Bins at Home page or via Twitter and Facebook: @Recycle4Norfolk  @RECOUP_UK

Did you know?

The average UK household uses around 500 plastic bottles per year, but only recycles just over half of them.

Bottles make up 67% of household plastic packaging collections, including soft drinks, cosmetics and household and cleaning products. That’s 21 million bottles collected for recycling, which is only 58% of the plastic bottles that are used in households!

ALL types of plastic bottles can be recycled, including those used for cosmetics, shampoo, shower gel, juice, water, fizzy drinks, squash and more!

In Norfolk you can also recycle plastic pots, tubs, trays and punnets.  Plastics packaging items such as yoghurt pots, ice cream and margarine tubs, meat trays and fruit punnets. Just remove any shrink wrap and film and any absorbent packing or bubble wrap material.

Norfolk’s PET plastic bottles and HDPE milk bottles are currently recycled to make new food grade rPET and rHDPE bottles – making it a closed loop system.

Please make sure any plastic container or bottle is clean, dry and loose (not bagged) before it goes in your recycling bin.

So WHY Recycle?

Recycling decreases the need for raw materials, which helps save energy and carbon emissions:

  • It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared with using ‘virgin’ materials.
  • Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves ¾ of a tonne of carbon – this is the equivalent of travelling nearly 2,500 miles in car/taxi/motorcycle.

Plastics can be recycled into so many items! Clothing, t-shirts, toys, chairs and tables, headphones, kitchen utensils, paint pots, car parts, soft cuddly toys, filling for duvets and sleeping bags, pens and pencils, building materials such as fencing, flooring, piping, etc, garden furniture, buckets and of course, more plastic packaging … the possibilities are endless!


Did you know your favourite team maybe wearing football kits made from recycled plastic bottles?

How many bottles, on average it takes;

  • 8 recycled PET bottles make a football shirt
  • 3 recycled PET bottles to make a pair of eco headphones
  • 1,500 recycled HDPE milk bottles to make a picnic bench