Trash The Runway: Using Recycled Fashion To Spread Environmental Awareness

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We all have outfits that are a little trashy. . . In fact, at my school's "Trash the Runway Fashion Show," trashiness is a requirement.
Do your parents hoard plastic grocery bags? Or maybe you own a vast collection of bottle caps. Both of these materials seem useless, but would prove helpful for the "Trash the Runway Fashion Show." 

This year marked the twelfth annual show put on by my school's environmental club. During the event, students and teachers alike strut down the runway in hand-made recycled garments with the goal of encouraging recycling and waste reduction. Not only does the fashion show serve as a fun event during spirit week, it also has educational value. As each model is presented to the judges panel and the student body, the emcee reads an environmental fact. For example, did you know that 97% of climate scientists agree that it is extremely likely that climate-warming trends over the past century are due to human activities? 


In between models, there are trivia rounds. At this point, four or five volunteers are chosen from the audience to test their environmental knowledge. Questions (generally in multiple choice format) include: "Which of these states does the Dakota Access Pipeline not cross through?" and "Which decomposes first: A plastic bag or a paper bag?" The victor in this round wins an environmental club pen and bragging rights. 

At the show's models and designers are eligible to win awards like Best in Grade Level, Best Teacher, Best in Show, Best Stage Presence, and Most Creative Material.  

The show has been a success for years as the students and faculty enjoy expanding their environmental knowledge while simultaneously supporting their creative peers. Students remark that they come away fromt the experience with a greater appreciation for the environmental movement. 

If you're interested in having a similar event at your school or creating a recycled outfit of your own, you can find more information here

Posted by Hannah Haynes on Mar 24, 2017 6:20 PM America/Chicago


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