ERP Calls On Designers to Get Recycling

Secondary school pupils across the country, both North and South, are being encouraged to get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products and transform them into pieces of fashion art, as part of the Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 in association with the European Recycling Platform (ERP).

Junk Kouture, now in its third year, has seen thousands of recycled creations by secondary school students in past competitions, with some spectacular work gracing the catwalk shows. Sponsored by the European Recycling Platform, Ireland’s only pan-European compliance scheme for electrical and electronic waste and waste battery recycling, it is the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative.

Yvonne Holmes, head of corporate communications at ERP, says: “Junk Kouture in association with ERP showcases the very best in young Irish design and we are delighted to be supporting the competition for what is now the third year. Sustainability and recycling is at the core of ERP’s business and this message over the last two years, has been communicated in such a creative and eye-catching manner.”

Elizabeth O’Donnell, co-founder of Junk Kouture, remarks: “For many schools, the competition forms an integral element to the curriculum, so it’s a great way for students to learn about and appreciate recycling and re-using products while creating something beautiful and having fun. Students are also encouraged to plan and choreograph their own catwalk presence too, so they get an element of event management learning as well.”

Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 is open to all second level students. The competition closes for entries on 31st January 2013. For further information, please log on to or visit the Facebook page at


‘Catwalk Dancer’ Izabela Sladecekokva fromHolyTrinityCollegeCookstown with Yvonne Holmes of ERP.

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