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Creative Entries Encouraged for Local Trash to Fashion Competition

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The recently launched ‘Trash to Fashion’ Awards is set to spark the imaginations of many household bubbles in Central Hawke’s Bay.

As part of Central Hawkes Bay District Council’s response to eliminate Covid-19, all Central Hawke’s Bay Transfer Stations and Recycling Drop-Off Centres  have been closed throughout Alert Level Four with a few exceptions. For many residents in Central Hawkes Bay this increased their volume of household rubbish and recycling.

The Council initiative encourages households to get creative while reducing recycling and rubbish. It’s a fun activity for all age groups and is a great way for families to spend time while in lockdown level four and three. The competition is open to all Central Hawke’s Bay residents and there is no limit on the number of entries.

Waipukurau School Year 6 student, Rachel Renner was inspired by the Trash to Fashion Awards and created a garment out of recycling which she named ‘Autumn leaves with a summer breeze’. “I love seeing the autumn leaves outside and the cardboard from the washing powder box had nice smells,” says Rachel.
 
“I really enjoyed designing my creation and then seeing it finished. My sister Kate helped with cutting out the different size leaves. It was lots of fun and I can also submit it as homework, as we were asked to design something from our School Teacher, Mrs Daley”, she added.

Participants are encouraged to give their creation a title and email a photo of their entry to trashtofashion@chbdc.govt.nz before Friday 15 May 2020. They need to include a brief description about how they made it and using what materials. 

To celebrate the contributions to a sustainable Central Hawke’s Bay and to support local, several prizes are up for grabs and include vouchers to use at local businesses.

Councillor Kelly Annand, Chair of the Strategy and Wellbeing Committee says "it’s great to see us being able to bring our waste free Central Hawke’s Bay vision to life in these surreal times”.

This is a competition that everyone can support, from designing and creating a garment to voting for their favourite entry as part of the People’s Choice Award on the Council Facebook page, @CHBDistrictCouncil.

17 January 2022

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