Sustainable Art Challenge

Textiles are a major global polluter, and we feel there needs to be more education and awareness around this.

Our Sustainable Art Challenges offers participants a chance to not only compete for great prizes but help us to spread the message that whilst we all need clothes, we need to make wiser choices.  With participants from Under 16 and Over 16 age groups, we reach out to the next generation of fashion designers and consumers to inspire future generations.  Oh, and it is great fun!

The 2022 event is coming your way, with the Runway event happening on Saturday 6th August at the Graham Young Youth Theatre at Tauranga Boys College.

Full details on the Wearable Arts  and 48 hour challenge event are in the pdf attachments on the right of the screen.

To register for the Wearable Arts Event: Sustainable Art Challenge – Registration Form

To register for the 48 Hour Challenge:  48 Hour Challenge – Registration Form

Sewing workshops to help you on your journey will be hosted by the amazing Remaker team.  Details to come.


Bring your creativity to your outstanding work of sustainable wearable art. Entries are open to teams or individuals.

  • Under 16
  • Open category

Our theme is IT’S EASY TO BE GREEN! Take this theme to whatever it means to you – green colour, natural materials, or mother earth!

Each entry must be made from upcycled textiles/ waste materials and can feature nature found/ sustainable/ green embellishments or accessories.

All entries need to be delivered to the Graham Young Youth Theatre by 10am on Saturday 6th August.

All entrants are required to provide a 600-800 word description of their entry, including information about the materials used, the creative process (consider each of the judging criteria) and the team members who contributed to the entry. All entries need to be accompanied by 8-10 photos of the materials at the start, the creative process and the team at work.

Team stories and photos must be supplied to Envirohub by Wednesday 3rd August, 5pm, so that organisers can prepare the presentation and judges can prepare for event day with information about the entries. Photos will be displayed on stage as each entry is showcased, and the story will be narrated.

The under 16 category can also incorporate a ‘hero item’ into their design, which will be supplied by Envirohub. The hero item will attract extra points in the judging. Please contact Envirohub for more information as you start to plan your entry.

A winner will be selected by the judges for each category.

Envirohub retains the right to access garments for public display for two weeks following the event. Envirohub retains the right to use entry images for promotional purposes in relation to the Sustainable Art Challenge and Envirohub BOP.


Curate, upcycle and style second-hand clothes and accessories into a fresh & fashionable, ready-to-wear outfit in 48 hours, creating an exciting new look out of recycled and repurposed textiles sourced from Turning Point Trust, Tauranga.

We are looking for creative and intelligent styling and repurposing of existing garments.  Use your sustainable design eye to create your vision from secondhand garments in one of two 48 hour timeframes:

4pm Weds 27th July – 4pm Friday 29th July

4pm Weds 3rd August – 4pm Friday 5th August

PLEASE NOTE!  The 48-Hour Second-hand Challenge is a ready-to-wear fashion competition not a wearable art competition.

The Event

All entrants and the general public will be invited to attend the Sustainable Art Challenge fashion show and awards ceremony on Saturday 6th August, 4 – 6pm, to view the entries on the catwalk.

Be prepared to strut your stuff at the live fashion show on awards night, or ask a friend to model your creation for you. All entrants must supply a model for the runway show, this could be yourself or a friend.

Participants are responsible for organising their own model, hair and makeup prior to arrival at the venue.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on a combination of the following:

  • Sustainability – all materials used in the creation can be traced and mapped to the waste heirarchy, the item has a demonstrated long life or can be deconstructed effectively and the parts can be re-valued in other ways
  • Innovation and Creativity – creative use of materials appropriate to the design concept.
  • Stage impact – Eye catching- interesting design-good use of elements and principles of design.
  • Wearability and Functionality – fits the body, allows movement and holds together, no dangerous parts (construction).

Entries will be judged by a panel of local designers and artists and prizes awarded for each category.

Entries should not include ANY new materials. Try sourcing sewing thread and other notions from an op shop, be creative in how you work with your materials to avoid polluting or single use products such as glues and cable ties – use of these will impact your score.