Oh, this old thing?

From landfill to catwalk: the annual Envirohub Sustainable Art Challenge attracted 70 entries this year. Photos: Kerry Mitchell.

Bottle tops, fabric scraps, egg cartons, school disco debris, old bus tickets and even a deflated plastic swimming pool found its way from the landfill to the stage at Baycourt this year for the annual Envirohub Sustainable Art Challenge.

The annual challenge promotes awareness of environmental issues through art and is open to intermediate and secondary students as well as adults within the Western Bay of Plenty.

This year’s event attracted 70 entries, including 10 short films encouraging viewers to get involved in sustainable activities.

Omokoroa Point School won the short film competition with ‘The OP Enviro Show’, encouraging people to recycle glass and use reusable shopping bags. Matahui School was runner-up with a film encouraging people to avoid buying products made with palm oil.

The best Trash to Fash – Fashion entry in the intermediate section went to Raukura Muller from Tauranga Intermediate School with her Maori-inspired outfit ‘Papatuanuku’ and runner-up went to Lilly-Mae Pullar from Tauranga Intermediate School with her entry ‘Weekend with the Queen’, made from an old curtain and fabric scraps.

Most Sustainable in this category went to Neisha Bryant from Tauranga Intermediate School with her ‘Under the Sea’ creation.

Raukura Muller and Neisha Bryant from Tauranga Intermediate School proudly show their awards earned in the intermediate section.

The best Trash to Fash – Wearable Art award went to Neve Hunt from Mount Maunganui Intermediate with ‘The Entwined Peacock’ and runner-up to Abby Lindsey of Mount Maunganui Intermediate with ‘The Queen of Elegance’. Nicholas Gibbard, also of Mount Maunganui Intermediate, won the Most Sustainable award for his turtle made of plastic rubbish.

Nicholas Gibbard from Mount Maunganui Intermediate won the Most Sustainable award in the intermediate section for his plastic turtle.

The best Trash to Fash – Fashion entry in the secondary section went to Nia Friis of Otumoetai College with her tree creation made largely from an old curtain. Runner-up was Ella Mitchell from Tauranga Girls’ College with ‘Buttoned Up’ including hundreds of old buttons.

Nia Friis of Otumoetai College stepped out of the forest in this number to win the best Trash to Fash – Fashion entry in the secondary section.

Hope Gibbard from Mount Maunganui College won the Trash to Fash – Wearable Art award in the secondary section for the second year in a row with her entry ‘Arapawa’, a horned ram made from scraps of old woollen blankets.

Second place went to Kalea Earles from Mount Maunganui College with her ‘Woman-o-War’ jellyfish creation made from plastic bags and the Most Sustainable award went to Hunter Ririnui from Tauranga Girls’ College with her swan princess outfit, also made from plastic bags.

Mount Maunganui College students Kaela Earles and Hope Gibbard created some stunning wearable art using plastic bags and old woollen blankets.

In the adult section the Trash to Fash – Fashion award went to Margaret Mills for her ‘Blue Lagoon Falls’ outfit made from plastic strapping, and runner-up went to Jessica Elaine Rickard for her ‘Lady Vintage Lace’ creation.

Nadine McLaughlin won the adult Trash to Fash – Wearable Art award for her creation ‘Miss Fuchsia Fashionista’.

Winners of the adult section were Margaret Mills’ for ‘Blue Lagoon Falls’ and Nadine McLaughlin for ‘Miss Fuchsia Fashionista’ (outfits worn by models).

Tauranga Girls’ College students Ella Mitchell and Hunter Ririnui collected prizes for re-using old buttons, plastic bags and milk bottles.




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