The Mayor of Winchester Cllr Angela Clear presented prizes to six winners of the Re:Design Challenge at the Re:Design Exhibition on Monday 25 April. The exhibition at the Tourist Information Centre was an showcase of all of items that were entered into Re:Design challenge bringing the Great Waste year to an exciting close.

Winners in four age categories made wonderful things from waste including bags from old pyjamas, a wine cork pin-board, and butterfly fridge magnets from aluminium cans. The prizes were donated by The Colour Factory, River Cottage Canteen, Sparsholt College, Theatre Royal Winchester and Two Hoots Camping. The Great Waste website has pictures of all the items and instructions on how everybody can make them .

“I was delighted by the expertise and creativity displayed by all the entries” said Eloise Appleby, Assistant Director of Economy and Arts at Winchester City Council which sponsored The Great Waste. “This is wonderful way to bring a fantastic year to a close”. 6500 people have been involved in The Great Waste projects over the last 12 months.

In a hotly contended category, Winchester School of Art MA fashion students created 22 outfits made from wasted clothing donated by the PDSA for the Re:Design challenge. Five independent judges chose Iris (Ning Zhao) as the winner, with Lanna (Lu Lan) & Ariel (Xiaokuo Yang) as runners-up. All the outfits featured in the Winchester Fashion Week catwalk show on 30 of April at the Guildhall Winchester.

“The Winchester School of Art has been delighted to be a partner with the Re:Design challenge. We feel that sustainability should be at the heart of fashion and design” said Kay May, Senior Fellow at University of Southampton.

The Re:Design Exhibition also displayed dresses made by local colleges and schools during the October launch event, including the winning dress from Kings School, and items from the popular Trash to Treasure exhibition held last spring in the Winchester Discovery Centre.

Re:Design Challenge was supported by Winchester City Council, Winchester School of Art, Winchester Action on Climate Change and Winchester Business Improvement District. The Great Waste 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.