Putting Recycled Plastic on the Catwalk!

The Norfolk Waste Partnership has partnered with the plastics recycling charity RECOUP, Marks and Spencer, and RPC to run the first ever Norfolk rPET Fashion Design Challenge Competition, open to all fashionistas and budding designers aged 16-34!

We want your help to showcase sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion and what recycled plastic bottles can become. We are challenging designers to come up with an item or outfit using fabric made from recycled PET bottles.

All designs will be judged and 10 finalists will be given the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality and showcase their garments in a catwalk show at this year’s One Planet Norwich festival at The Forum in Norwich on the 9 and 10 June 2018.  The closing date for entries is 9AM on Monday 30 April 2018!

Think you’ve got what it takes?!

Click here for more information on the competition and how to enter.

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