Manchester Arndale due for a right royal recycle

By James Riches

Staff at Manchester’s Arndale Centre plan to mark the upcoming Royal Wedding by helping to create a unique dress made of recycled plastic bottles.

Manchester-based ecological designer Michelle Brand will assist in the creation of the dress, which will be fashioned using hundreds of plastic bottles thrown away by the shopping centre’s 240 retailers.

Ms Brand said: “I thought it was a fantastic way to get across the message about recycling and reusing within a retail setting.”

Workers have formed a special ‘green team’ to collect bottles for the project, while the group will also retrieve discarded carrier bags and bottle tops to be included in the finished garment, which will be exhibited in the build-up to the wedding.

Manchester Arndale’s General Manager Glen Barkworth said: “We wanted to celebrate the Royal Wedding in a way which Mancunian people can relate to and do something a little bit off the wall.”

“The idea brings the ‘green’ concept into fashion form,” he added.

The dress will be unveiled as the centrepiece of a free two-day ‘eco-event’ at the Arndale Centre on April 15th and 16th.

Visitors can expect enlightening interactive exhibits that promote sustainability and the benefits of a ‘green’ lifestyle choice.

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