Plastic Recycling roadshows start with a couture plastic fashion show.

Recycle for Norfolk, supported by RECOUP, are cutting the confusion around plastic recycling in Norfolk with a series of roadshows between 9 June and 28 June 2018, they will be visiting town centres across the county to showcase what plastic packaging containers can be recycled. The roadshow 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 local council staff to explain how householders can ensure their plastic is truly recycled by keeping items clean, dry and loose in their recycling bins.

As an extra special start to the roadshows, nine selected finalists of Recycle for Norfolk’s Fashion Design Challenge competition will show their designed garments as part the One Planet Norwich Festival at The Forum, Norwich. The Fashion Show is part of Recycle for Norfolk’s ‘Putting Recycled Plastic on the Catwalk!’ campaign which aims to showcase the many uses plastic can be put to when it’s recycled. Finalists created their garments from a stock of fabric made from recycled plastic and have been aided by local Norwich-based fashion stylist Kate Cooper and Anglia Fashion Fabrics on Magdalen Street.

Emily Bridges, one of the finalists who lives in Norwich, said “When I got the call to say my design had been selected I was over the moon. I’m passionate about good fashion design and also the environment so I’m really looking forward to showing my finished dress. This is a great opportunity to showcase plastic recycling and fashion together.” Emma Kate Hulett another finalist from Dereham commented “I’m very excited about working with this special recycled fabric. I’ve always loved designing and making clothes. I hope to make my design for the competition available to others to create for themselves via Hopefully it will help inspire more people to sew their own clothes.”

The fashion show will be staged at the Forum, Norwich, on Saturday 9 June at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

The Chair of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, Cllr John Fisher said “Recycle for Norfolk is delighted to be working with RECOUP to highlight the issue of how to do plastic recycling well. In Norfolk householders can recycle a wide variety of plastic packaging from within the home as long as it’s clean, dry and loose. In fact the only parts of plastic packaging we don’t want for recycling are shrink wrap, bubble wrap and the absorbent layer or plastic film covers.”

Stuart Foster, Chief Executive of the charity RECOUP added “RECOUP’s mission is to explain to people how easy it is to recycle plastic containers so they never become a blight on the natural environment. It’s important people know what happens to their plastic and that it is made into new bottles, trays and cartons or indeed other items such as fabric.”

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