Fancy a challenge that puts your fashion design skills to the test while benefitting the environment? Keen to learn more about sustainable fashion, or work with recycled PET fabric? Want to meet with the sustainable fashion industry players and learn from them?

If you answered yes, we want you!

Trash to Fash is the first-ever upcycling competition by Temasek, in conjunction with Ecosperity Week 2019, co-organised by Tabula Rasa, and supported by Miniwiz, DesignSingapore Council and MINDS.



  • Learn about the circular economy and the value of ‘trash’
  • Experience how trash can be upcycled into fashionable apparel
  • Undergo a guided process to create wearable pieces using recycled PET fabric


  • Individuals or teams of 2-3 people
  • Anyone aged 17 and above
  • Anyone with an interest and passion for sustainability and fashion - no design background necessary (but some basic apparel making skill would be advantageous)
Note: Participants will need to design an apparel based on a challenge statement, and film a 2-3 minute pitch video featuring the finished product.



Win S$8,000 in cash prizes

Showcase your design to an international audience at Ecosperity Week

Be a part of the exciting grand finale runway show





Click to expand image


What is Trash to Fash?

Trash to Fash is the first-ever upcycling competition by Temasek, held in conjunction with Ecosperity Week 2019.


When is the competition taking place?

Trash to Fash is a 3-month long competition that begins with the call for applications in early March 2019, and culminates in the Fashion Show Finale on 3 June 2019.


How can I apply to join?

Simply head over to the Eventbrite page to apply!


Who's eligible to apply?

Anyone - as long as you are above 17 years of age and are residing in Singapore at the time of your application.


Do I need to have a background or experience in fashion to apply?

Having a fashion background is advantageous, but not necessary.


Do I need to have apparel-making skills (e.g. sewing) to apply?

While having apparel-making skills is not a requirement to participate in this competition, it is highly encouraged and would greatly help in creating an outstanding product. If you need the skills, team up with someone who has them!


What happens after I submit my application?

We'll be in touch to ask you some questions. 25 individuals / teams will be selected to participate based on their written responses. You'll be notified of your application outcome, and selected applicants will be announced on the Facebook event page on 25 March 2019. Be sure to indicate 'Interested' or 'Going' on the event page to receive notifications!


What if I am not selected to participate?

We'll notify you by email. Evaluation is based on your written responses to the follow-up questions after you apply - so be sure to explain your understanding of and aspirations towards a zero waste future in your response!


Is the briefing session compulsory and when is it?

Yes! The briefing session on 30 March 2019 is compulsory for all selected participants as you'll receive important information about the competition on that day.


What will I need to submit if I'm selected to participate?

You will need to submit 2 items:

  • 2-3 A4 pages of your design sketches and summary of consumer research based on the challenge statement
  • A 2-3 min video to pitch your finished product and document your apparel-making process

Details will be provided to successful applicants at the briefing session and in the competition manual for successful applicants.


What is the challenge statement?

The challenge statement will be released during the briefing session, but a hint has already been released!


What is the judging criteria?

The top 8 finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • No. of PET bottles collected
  • Innovativeness and creativity of design
  • Success in meeting the needs of target consumers
  • Number of votes (likes) on each team's pitch video, on the Trash to Fash Facebook event page


What's in it for me?

Besides a great learning experience, designs by the top 8 finalist individuals/teams will face off in a runway finale event on 3 June 2019 for cash prizes:

  • 1st prize: S$5,000
  • 2nd prize: S$2,000
  • 3rd prize: S$1,000

All 8 designs will also be showcased at Ecosperity Week, where over 2,000 global business leaders are expected to convene.

All 25 individuals/teams selected to participate will also be invited to attend an exclusive talk by Robert Swan, the first person to traverse both Poles, and Professor Adam Switzer, a climate scientist, held during Ecosperity Week. The by-invitation only event will be on the afternoon of 6 June 2019, at Marina Bay Sands. As part of the afternoon's programme, participants will also enjoy a guided tour of the Ecosperity Showcase to learn about cutting-edge technologies and solutions to some of our biggest sustainability challenges in food, energy and waste management.



Click here to read the terms and conditions of entry.

Follow us on Trash to Fash

For enquiries, email
Presented by

An Initiative of

Ecosperity Week


Venue Partner

Temasek Shophouse
Co-organised by

Tabula Rasa


Supported by


DesignSingapore Council


In Support of

Towards Zero Waste