Only Natural Design Competitions

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Here at Only Natural, we celebrate the sustainable and highlight a new way forward. A way that puts only natural fibres and materials – from the clothes we wear to the spaces we live in – at the heart of all we do.
Join us on the journey to a greener future, as we work to slow the fashion cycle and transform natural materials into sustainable items to be cherished for life.

If you are a design student, this is the place to showcase your talent by entering one of our international design competitions.

If you simply care about the sustainable, explore our dedicated news section to learn more about the beauty and versatility of natural materials.


Home [2024]

The Home competition, with two categories – furniture and interiors – is for design students who have a passion for embellishing their living spaces with quality items. Using only natural fibres and materials, craft a home piece inspired by the beauty of nature.

Fashion [2024]

With three categories – apparel, accessories, and footwear – the Fashion competition encourages design students to create fashion items that will be loved and cherished for life. Create a statement piece using only natural fibres and materials and with planet’s future in mind.

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Alex Brownless

Alex Brownless is the CEO and Co-Founder of Arts Thread and Global Design Graduate Show. He has a diverse fashion consulting experience and has undertaken projects for companies including Banana Republic, Gap and M&S.

Ana Del Rio

Ana Del Rio is an award-winning British/Spanish fashion designer specialised in leathercraft. Intending to lead a leather revolution, through her brand ANA DEL RIO, she focuses on creating timeless contemporary leather garments.

Jens Laugesen

Jens Laugesen is an award-winning Danish fashion designer who has collaborated with a variety of high-profile clients, including Gucci and Calvin Klein. He currently runs a fashion consultancy business and LAUGESEN brand powered by Metaverse.

Nikita Jayasuriya

Nikita stands as a recognised creative leader with a strong fashion expertise. Most recently, he was Head of Europe at The Mills Fabrica – a platform dedicated to accelerating innovations for sustainability.

Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson is a renowned design, architecture and craft writer whose work has been featured in publications including The Guardian and FRAME. He is also well-known for his podcast and annual design fair, Material Matters, which focuses on material intelligence.



Celebrated for both its sustainability and durability, bamboo is becoming an increasingly popular choice for environmentally conscious design. 
From earthquake-resistant construction and curved furniture pieces to handbag handles and organic toothbrushes, bamboo is one of the most versatile, and sustainable, natural materials on the planet.


Popular with the likes of designer brands Vivienne Westwood, Maison Margiela and Marni, wool has become the go-to fibre for stylish, functional and sustainable design.

Wool’s versatility extends from luxury fashion to high-performance activewear, accessories, homeware and everything in between.


From COS shirts and Levis jeans, to BMW performance parts and hemp concrete (hempcrete), hemp offers huge opportunities in versatile and sustainable production. Hemp fibres made the sails and ropes of the ships that first explored the world and early drafts of the Declaration of Independence were even written on hemp paper.


Mohair, often named the diamond fibre due to its inherently beautiful sheen, is a luxurious natural wool used to create products ranging from high end sweaters and winter accessories to upholstery and carpets.


Prada’s signature Saffiano bag, Michael Jackson’s red jacket, Gucci’s Marmont belt – leather has long been central to popular culture. Leather’s qualities set it apart from many other materials. It has exceptional durability, breathability, comfort and recyclability.


Hardwood is considered by many to be the ultimate versatile material. Available in countless combinations of species, specifications and colours, hardwood is both a multifunctional and beautiful natural material.

Latest news

Only Natural gets featured in Wallpaper* magazine

On its mission to challenge the future of design and manufacture, Only Natural teamed up with Wallpaper* magazine to call out for sustainably minded talent.

Only Natural Student Design competition launches for the first time

Introducing Only Natural – an international design competition that dares to redefine the future of fashion and home – challenging students and recent graduates to take inspiration from nature and create bespoke designs using only natural materials.

About Only Natural

Only Natural is a global campaign funded by the Leather & Hide Council of America. It was launched to inspire people everywhere to preserve the world we all live in by switching to sustainable, natural alternatives and minimizing the waste. It challenges the fast fashion cycle and its effects, working to combat water pollution, air contamination, depletion of natural resources and never-ending textile landfills.

At Only Natural, we are championing nature and the resources it provides. We do NOT accept any competition entries using plastics, synthetics, furs or exotic skins.

We strive to promote sustainable design and durability. Any materials used within entry projects must be fully recyclable to ensure we break the current chain of production and waste.

Latest Articles

The price we pay for plastic

We all know about plastic pollution—the microplastics that are shed and the general waste caused. And we know how difficult it is to recycle a product that takes 500 years to biodegrade. But the harm plastics do starts even before they are made.

Natural born classics

Take some inspiration from furniture designs that have earned their places in the hearts of all true aesthetes by checking out our selection of classics.

Mohair – practical luxury

Durable, adaptable and luxurious, mohair is one of the most versatile fabrics available. And, of course, it’s completely natural.

Leather leads the way

Sustainable, durable, beautiful, natural… Why choose anything else?

Material Partners

American Hardwood Export Council

The American Hardwood Export Council is the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry. It represents companies and trade associations engaged in the export of a full range of U.S. hardwood products, including lumber, veneer, plywood, flooring, moulding and dimension materials.

National Industrial Hemp Council of America

The mission of the National Industrial Hemp Council of America is simple – to educate businesses and consumers on the benefits of hemp, creating the demand needed to drive markets and a well-regulated, standardised industry.

American Wool Council

The American Wool Council (AWC) is a division of the American Sheep Industry Association that works to improve the American wool industry and promote the usage of American wool.

Leather & Hide Council of America

L&HCA is the voice of the industry in the US, constantly working to advise and drive policy and to champion the interests of the sector.

Mohair Council of America

The Mohair Council of America is dedicated to researching, increasing profitability and perpetuating the sustainable production and use of Angora goats and their so-called ‘diamond fibre’, mohair.

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Working with our partners at Arts Thread to develop lifelong learning and career opportunities for students of fashion and design. Our partnership provides the opportunity to compete on a world stage, participate in industry led workshops, set up an outstanding portfolio and gain access to the resources that will kickstart careers in fashion and design.