The Great Waste Re:Design Challenge is being launched on 10 October at Winchester School of Art with a one-day a fashion design ‘boot camp’  for teams from local schools and colleges. 

The Great Waste Re:Design Challenge, open until 11 March 2016, invites people from across Winchester District to come up with designs to make something useful from waste, and it must be one that other people can recreate. There are categories for a new garment, a textile or an item that can be used at home, in the garden or at work. The judges will look for easy-to-follow instructions to create an useful object that does its job well - something that will inspire people to look at stuff they throw out with new eyes. 

The Great Waste Re:Design Challenge is open to creative designers in the Winchester District of any age. Submissions are welcome from individuals, groups or families, professionals and non-professional alike. 

Details of how to enter the Re:Design Challenge and criteria will be on The Great Waste website from 10 October 2015.

Cllr Frank Pearson, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing, commented:  “The Great Waste has been the Council’s campaign theme for the year, delivered in partnership with Winchester Action on Climate Change.  The Re:Design Challenge is a creative and colourful way to look at waste, and reminds people that repurposing old objects is an important part of the effort to reduce our overall waste.”

 Susie Phillips, project manager for The Great Waste, added:  “The Re:Design Challenge is open to everyone. Professionals, children, students and amateurs can all enter by demonstrating how wasted materials can be used in useful and beautiful ways. We want to show how people can easily convert their old stuff into new and interesting items. Take old stuff, make new things and start a creative revolution that reduces the amount we throw away!”

The launch event, called “Designing for the Future”, is a one-day fashion design bootcamp for teams from local schools and colleges.  Students will compete to design new outfits from one tonne of recycled clothing that has been supplied by the PDSA from their textile collecting banks and shops.    

The Re:Design Challenge is supported by Southampton University’s Winchester School of Art.  International designer Reem Alasadi – who is a Reader at the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art - will be judging the outfits, along with the Mayor of Winchester Cllr Angela Clear and PDSA Volunteering Development Manager Kit Lendon. Prizes will be awarded for the most creativity, for practicality and for the best team working skills. 

Winchester Fashion Week in April 2016 will include an exhibition of the shortlisted entries, with the winning outfits modelled as part of the glamorous annual catwalk show. 

The Great Waste initiative is a joint venture with Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change with a year of events and activities to help people reduce waste and increase recycling.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Great Waste initiative is a partnership between Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change, with other partners contributing for different activities.   Log onto for more information.

  2. Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district.  Its members include local residents, businesses and local government, working together to create a better future.  

  3. WinACC runs regular meetings throughout the year to get the Winchester community engaged in climate change and lowering carbon emissions.

  4. For further information visit  or call Susie Phillips on 01962 827083 / 07704 325930 or email

  5. Winchester Action on Climate Change Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales with company registration no. 08013043. Our registered office is Room 163, Main Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. We are also a registered charity in England and Wales with charity no 1150754.

  6. Find out more about Reem Alasadi at