Ballina secondary school student, Ta Naw, a Transition Year student at St. Mary’s Secondary School, has assisted in launching the Northern Ireland plastic bag levy. Ta Naw, travelled to Belfast on April 8 last to assist in the official launch, after she designed a couture dress creation made entirely from plastic bags.
As part of the national Junk Kouture competition, Ta Naw and her team knitted plastic bag shards to create a beautiful white one shoulder dress and headpiece that would not be out of place on an international bridal catwalk.
Ta Naw took part in the competition as part of her art and craft class led by teacher, Ms Renee Cronin.
The dress, knitted entirely from plastic bags, caught the attention of Junk Kouture judges and Ta Naw was selected as one of twenty finalists in the regional final held at the TF Royal Theatre last month, before going on to represent Mayo in the final in the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin on Friday, April 19.
Following her selection as a finalist, Ta Naw was invited to attend the launch of the plastic bag levy in Northern Ireland to showcase just how creative recycling plastic bags can be.
While in Belfast, she modelled her creation, as well as participating in local media interviews on the issue of the plastic bag levy.
Pictured above is Ta Naw is pictured wearing her beautiful dress, created from knitted plastic bags, alongside Elizabeth O’Donnell from Junk Kouture and Alex Altwood, Minister for the Environment in Northern Ireland.