The model was also joined at the launch by a selection of finalists from last year's competition which included a dress made entirely of empty coffee capsules held together with electrical wire and a dress made from woven old rope, walkie talkies, wires and parts from old compasses.

The competition, which is sponsored by the Bank of Ireland and the European Recycling Platform, is now in its fourth year and CEO of the European Recycling Platform, Martin Tobin believes it offers a chance for students to learn more about recycling.

He said: "It is a great opportunity to harness the students’ incredible creativity, building awareness and promoting responsible recycling of electrical waste and used batteries in a fun way." 

He added: "The students, their classmates and families also become much more aware of their environment and begin to make long term behavioural changes - recycling doesn't stop when the competition is over"

Co-founder of Junk Kouture, Elizabeth O'Donnell also believes that the competition is a great way to show case young Irish designing talent: "If the last four years of Junk Kouture has taught us anything it is that there is so much talent hidden in secondary schools across Ireland."

She added: "Last year we had over 1000 entries and this year we’re hoping to break that record."

Junk Kouture is open to every secondary school student in Ireland and the deadline for entries is the 31st of January 2014. Please visit for more details.