03.04.14 - Eco-friendly Fashionistas Take to Trashwalk

Students at a Derbyshire school are using their green fingers to raise money for a sensory garden, by making their very own range of environmentally-friendly fashion garments.

As part of the fundraising ‘Trashwalk’, Ockbrook School students from Years 7-13 created and showcased their eco-fashion designs using an array of rubbish including newspapers, cardboard boxes, plastic bags and broken CDs. The recycled creations also received the model treatment as students took to the catwalk to raise money for Bennerley Fields Specialist Speech and Language College in Ilkeston.

Year 13 student, Katie Butler, says: “It’s been really interesting to see what we can make from the everyday items people throw away. As well as raising money for a great cause, we have been able to use our creative ideas to come up with a fun and unique event in which everyone was able to take part.”

The fashion show, which took place on March 28th in Ockbrook School’s Birtill Hall, showcased the quirky ensembles including a cardboard tie, shoes made out of tin foil and a black bin bag dress. Organised by the school’s Eco and Charity Prefect Teams, the money raised will be used to improve Bennerley Fields outdoor learning facilities.

Tom Brooksby, Headmaster, Ockbrook School, added: “I am delighted to see our students working together in support of such a worthy, local cause. Students really embraced the idea of creating a sustainable fashion show and the imaginative designs on show have really highlighted the impressive talent that we have at the school.”

Ockbrook School has previously raised £200 for the college, which specialises in working with children with mild and severe learning difficulties.