Young recyclers rewarded for fashion creations Amberley Jeram, with her winning dress, is presented with a cheque for £100 by Elizabeth Irvine, Arun’s Development and Education Manager. The winners of a young people’s recycling fashion competition have been announced, and the winning entries are anything but rubbish. Amberley Jeram, 15, from Bognor Regis, was presented with £100 last week after scooping first prize in the 11-18 age category for designing a dress made entirely from used crisp packets. Amberley won over the judges with her startling creation after sending in photos of herself modelling the recycled outfit. Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, Cabinet Member for the Environment and a member of the judging panel, said: “We had some really high quality entries, but Amberley’s dress was really the stand-out piece. She obviously spent a lot of time both compiling the materials and then painstakingly creating the dress, and the result is simply fantastic. “We ran this competition to get young people thinking about how they can reduce, reuse and recycle in a new and creative way. The response has been really positive and hopefully we have helped demonstrate that recycling can be more than just putting your waste in the right bin.” Amberley, who is in Year 10 at Chichester High School for Girls, said she was delighted to have won the competition and that she would be giving some of her money to charity. “I entered because it was a good opportunity to get creative, which I love, and I think recycling is really important,” she said. “Our school prom is coming up and I thought it would be fun to make a dress from crisp packets. It took a few weeks to design and put together, and there were a few stressful moments, but I’m really please with how it turned out.” Second and third prize in the 11-18 year old age category have both gone to group entries from St Philip Howard High School, and the students will be presented with their prize money at an assembly next Wednesday (20 May). The runners up, who win £50, designed and created a top made from recycled material, carrier bags, milk bottle tops and metals. The third prize winners will receive £25 for recycling an old dress with new designs. Students from Ferring CE Primary School collected their prize money at the end of April after winning the 5-11 year old category. Second and third prizes were both awarded to group entries from Michael Ayres Primary School in Bognor Regis. The recycling fashion competition, organised by members of the Council’s Clean and Safe team, was launched at the end of last year to raise awareness about recycling in Arun. Young people in Arun were encouraged to enter by submitting either a piece of clothing or a bag made completely from recycled materials by February 2009. A panel of judges, which included Cllr Wotherspoon and Council officers, then picked a winner from each of the two age groups (5-11 years old and 11-18) based on criteria such as sense of design and fun, use of imagination and use of different materials. …ENDS…70/09 Notes to Editors: 1) PHOTO –Amberley Jeram, with her winning dress, is presented with a cheque for £100 by Elizabeth Irvine, Arun’s Development and Education Manager. 2) PHOTO CALL – Second and third prizes will be awarded to the winning groups at St Philip Howard High School at 8.40am on Wednesday 13 May. Photographers and press are welcome.