Recycling takes to the catwalk

Morpeth's Collingwood School and Media Arts College students hold a recycled fashion show by mixing together their own clothing collections.

Morpeth's Collingwood School and Media Arts College students hold a recycled fashion show by mixing together their own clothing collections.

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OLD rags were turned into high fashion as Morpeth pupils took to the catwalk.

The Recycled Fashion Show was held at Collingwood School in Stobhill following a project to make the most of unwanted clothing and materials.

Of the 130 pupils at the school, 58 applied for the role of models, the majority of which were boys, and they had a great time in the build-up to the show learning all about recycling.

There were workshops to make the outfits, which included using old jeans to make handbags and tee-shirt sleeves to create bracelets, and the All-in-One Company in Ashington donated doggie ears and a tail to complete one of the more unusual costumes.

When the day of the show arrived, pupils aged between seven and 18 took to the stage, parading to party songs in their trendy fashions.

Show organiser Sarah Shotton said: “Our school recently became an Eco School so being eco-friendly is high on our priority list and the Staff and School Council is always looking for creative ways for the school to be more eco efficient.

We thought the fashion show would give the pupils an honest idea of the amount of textile waste we produce and how by holding onto some pieces we can re-jig them into useful items of clothing or accessories.

“The facts they learnt on how the textile industry pollutes the environment through the dyeing processes really hit home, so much so that some of our students said they’ll be talking to their parents and asking them not to throw clothes out.

“It has been a great event and all the kids are happy as they are allowed to keep the clothes they have worn. On a personal level, it really boosted the pupils’ self-esteem and confidence.”