High school students from Split victorious in the Fund’s contest: Mate Rimac congratulates them on creativity


While retail stores are stocking up on the new spring collections, high school students decided to warn about the dramatic consequences caused by the, so-called, “fast fashion” trends. In the competition organised by EPEEF, they wowed the jury with their 1-minute video winning the 1st  prize – the ticket to the world of electric hypercars. Mate Rimac, Croatian innovator and entrepreneur, greeted them and congratulated on their prize.

Thanks to professional guidance, high school students form Split got the opportunity to learn all they had ever wanted to know about electric cars, how they are manufactured, and got to see this process first hand.

“We are overjoyed by the trip to Zagreb we’ve won in the educational-eco contest of the Environmental Protection Fund “Leave an imprint, not a footprint”. We’re glad that our project was the one to captivate the jury and give us the opportunity to visit Rimac Automobili and see Nevera, the fastest electric car in the world,” said Ena Mladineo, student from II Gymnasium Split.

Under the baton of their teacher Jagoda Lerotić, high school students from Split were inspired by the unfortunate example of the Chilean desert Atacama, which has become a mountain of dumped clothes, and offered a simple alternative to combat this – reuse of clothes. They showcased their upcycled outfits in a mini fashion show accompanied by useful information, showing that the only constraint in fashion was – creativity.

Sunčana Matić from the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund said that this was just one out of the many imaginative entries to the contest. “The entries to this year’s eco-competition show that our elementary and high-school pupils are very much aware of the climate change issues, and of our role in preserving the environment. We are so glad we could award the most creative contestants and motivate the young to continue practising in life what they showed in their works entered in the contest,” concluded Matić.

The Fund’s contest was caried out under the slogan “Leave and imprint, not a (carbon) footprint”, and it was to serve as a warning of pollution of the environment, high consumption of energy and water required to mass-produce fast fashion items, which leaves a considerable carbon footprint that accelerates climate change. In their desire to slow down these changes, the students wanted to raise the awareness of their friends and the public about the number of items of clothing we really need in our wardrobes.