Green Award nomination for Junk Kouture

The duo behind Junk Kouture are celebrating this week, not only did they sell out the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin in less than 24 hours, but its founders Elizabeth O’Donnell and Troy Armour have been nominated for a prestigious Green Award.

Elizabeth ODonnell and Troy Armour
Elizabeth ODonnell and Troy Armour
Elizabeth ODonnell and Troy Armour

Within 24 hours of going on sale tickets for the Junk Kouture Grand Final were completely gone.

Elizabeth O’Donnell said she was “overwhelmed” by the demand for tickets.

“To see Junk Kouture outselling the likes of Robbie Williams and Eminem and sitting at the top of the Ticket charts was just incredible. The Bord Gais Theatre has a capacity of 2000 people and on Friday, April 19 it will be buzzing with student supporters, friends, families and teachers from all over the country cheering on the talented finalists.”

The night before the Grand Final, however, Junk Kouture’s founders, who both live in Londonderry, will be hoping to win an award for themselves. They have been shortlisted in the Category ‘Irish Green Corporate Citizens’ at the Prestigious Irish Green Awards which will take place at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin tomorrow, Thursday. This is a great achievement for the duo who only established Junk Kouture 3 years ago and have built on its success year on year with a record 2000 students entering the competition this year.

The Green Awards aim to celebrate excellence in sustainability and to encourage green best practice amongst Ireland’s organisations and individuals. This award is a perfect fit for Junk Kouture as they encourage secondary school students to recycle and reuse their waste and be sustainable while also being artistic and creative.

“It is a great acknowledgment of the work we have been doing educating teenagers about the need to think differently about waste and what they do with it. To be nominated alongside much bigger brands is testament to how far Junk Kouture has come in such a short time,” said Troy.

Junk Kouture is a recycled fashion competition, open to secondary school students, which challenges students to create wearable couture outfits out of materials that would normally find their way into the bin.

The Junk Kouture final will be presented by Cheryl and Emile.