About Rubbish Renewed

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show fuses environmental responsibility, funky fashion and community. Join other socially conscious individuals for an evening of sustainable fashion, showcasing styles that the future demands. We invite you to reconsider the value of trash and celebrate the creative, sustainable spirit of Bend. Started by two educators and rooted in a love of fashion, an appreciation of art and a passion for the planet, Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is a fundraising event for REALMS Charter School. An eclectic, wearable art runway show, a live and silent auction, and a gallery style marketplace (where contributing local artists sell and showcase their work), will showcase how we “fashion” our lives while lessoning waste.

Sponsor Highlight :: Outside In

We are just 22 days away from the 10th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser. Tonight you can find us at Outside In, a sponsor of Rubbish Renewed, promoting the event, selling tickets, and creating the 2020 Community Garment.

Come down to Outside In, T O N I G H T during Bend’s First Friday event, write your pledge on the garment material that was destined for the landfill.  These pledges will be integral in the creation of the 2020 Community Garment, which will be featured prominently in the 10th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show at The Midtown Ballroom on Saturday, January 25th, 2020.

Make a pledge and/or bring your own cup, and get a chance to win a raffle basket put together by Outside In!

First Friday Community Garment Creation!

What one action can you take to lower your impact on the planet?

At the end of each year, many of us reflect back on things we accomplished and places we failed, the highlights of the year, and the challenges that loom. The beginning of January marks a new beginning, a time to look forward, not only for ourselves, but for the planet.

Friday, January 3rd, at Outside In, is the Rubbish Renewed First Friday Community Garment Creation! Here you can make public a pledge to walk a little more lightly on the planet. What will you do to generate less waste?  Consume less?  Ask yourself, “What one action can I take to lower my impact on the planet?”  

Come down to Outside In, Friday, January 3rd during Bend’s First Friday event, write your pledge on the garment material that was destined for the landfill.  These pledges will be integral in the creation of the 2020 Community Garment, which will be featured prominently in the 10th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show at The Midtown Ballroom on Saturday, January 25th, 2020.

Make a pledge and/or bring your own cup, and get a chance to win a raffle basket put together by Outside In!

Innovative Fashion – Business Challenge Gallery Posted

We have just 3 spots left for our 2020 Business Challenge. The designers working with these businesses produce some of the most innovative and well-crafted Fashion of the show. Check out the 2019 Business Challenge Gallery to get inspired for our Saturday, January 25th, 10th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show!

Each year up to 10 businesses, dedicated to sustainable practices, come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy.

At our 2019 show, Barrio won the Coveted Trash Trophy with Salva al Toro (Save the Bull). Designer Paris Draheim was in our first ever Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show as a high school student (check out her piece), and has designed for Barrio in the Business Challenge multiple times. Check out Barrio’s piece along with the other competitors in the 2019 Business Challenge Gallery.

The Business Challenge submission closes when the competition is full. Get your application in today!

Edgy, Fun & Fashion Forward – 2019 Adult Gallery Posted

Click Here to access the 2019 Adult Designers Runway Gallery!

Ever been to New York or Paris Fashion Week? They have nothing on the adult designer garments in the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show right here in Bend, Oregon! The caliber of fashion made from not only unconventional materials, but literally trash, is unparalleled. Two weeks before the submission deadline, we have applications rolling in. Experience last year’s 2019 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show – 2nd show of the night, with these edgy, fun, fashion forward photos, featuring adult designers, through these stunning images by SHE Photography’s Suzette Hibble and Jazmine Turner Photography’s Mindy J. Turner. Click on these links for more images from the 2019 show with options to purchase from SHE Photography and Jazmine Turner Photography!

Click here to access the 2019 Adult Runway Gallery

Pieces from left to right: Pretty in Plastic by Heidi Lamb; Organic Transfusion by Tiina McDermott & Zoey Lane; The Mountains are Calling, so I Must Dress Up! by Allison Murphy

Students for Action – 2019 Gallery Posted

Click Here to access the 2019 Students Designers Runway Gallery!

This year it’s climate change that’s brought youth to the head of the table around the world. Greta Thunberg, reminds us of how generations haven’t stepped up, and that the time is now for great action! We all need to do our part individually, and also push our communities to start making change today.

The student’s garments at Rubbish Renewed are shouting the need for environmental action too. These pieces tell a variety of stories from the challenges of medical waste showcased by Soli Lachman’s Diabetic Warrior (model Abby Lachman wears the waste from her diabetes treatment), to Jessica Browning’s Snacktastic made with non-recyclable, single serving packaging. These young artists painstakingly create fashion from trash, that are at once art and a message to take action for our planet and our future.

Enjoy these young artists’ fashion from our 2019 show. Brought to you through stunning images by SHE Photography’s Suzette Hibble and Jazmine Turner Photography’s Mindy J. Turner. Click on the links for more images from the 2019 show with options to purchase from SHE Photography and Jazmine Turner Photography!

Click on the link or image to access the 2019 Student Designer Runway Gallery

Designer & Model Kiana Kogan makes a statement with Brace Yourself Photo by: SHE Photography

Competitors for the 2020 Business Challenge are signing up!

Competitors for the 2020 Business Challenge are signing up! Click on the photo below to learn more about last year’s Business Challenge through Jazmine Turner Photography’s stunning photos. Click HERE to go to her website for more images from all of last year’s show!

Photos by Jazmine Turner Photography

10th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show – January 25, 2020

For the tenth year, Friends of Realms is hosting one of the most forward thinking, eco-friendly, fundraising events that Bend, Oregon has witnessed, the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. Learn more through the eye of Suzette Hibble and SHE Photography by clicking on the image below. Go to SHE Photography for more spectacular images from last year’s event!

Rubbish Renewed $30,000 raised in 2019

Photos by Suzette Hibble of SHE Photography

Thank You 2019 Show Designers!

Announcing the coming season’s RUBBISH RENEWED ECO FASHION SHOW:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020!

Photos by Suzette Hibble of SHE Photography. Pictured Designs: Kiana Kogan, Amanda Bowers, Wendy Pierce & Devon Stevens, Devon Lizza.

Thank you student designers for your creativity, passion for fashion and our planet, and for shining in the show! You are what makes Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show unique, entertaining, and meaningful.

Aja Kogan, Alice McKnight, Amanda Bowers, Coral Reed, Devon Lizza, Devon Stevens, Ellie Hoiness, Gabriella Shirtcliff, Harper Rich, Holiday Barnes, Jessica Browning, Kiana Kogan, Lily McNabb, Loa Minsker, Louisa, Chloe, Lucy Lamarre, Harris, Mullins, Marley Foster-Wexler, Matea LaFrenz, Noe Anderson, Soli Lachman, Sophie Singer, Soren Chopra, Twyla Wayman, Vinna Ottaviano


Photos by Suzette Hibble of SHE Photography. Pictured Designs: Denise Oldridge, Carla Holm, Mayra Stearns, Allison Murphy.

Thank you adult designers for your stunning designs, refined material manipulation, imaginative style, and dedication to the Rubbish Renewed mission. The 2019 show rocked the house!

Alf Humphrey, Allison Murphy, Aspen Lowe, BBT Architects Inc, Brenda Jackson, Carla Holm, DeeDee Johnson, Denise Oldridge, Erin Donnell, Harriet Langmas, Heidi Lamb, Janet Lansburgh, Jen Riker, Karen Holm, Kari Martinez, Kat Bergman, Kristi Teasdale, Martha Campbell, Mayra Stearns, Meg Knight, Melany Fry, Michelle Handford, Paris Draheim, Patty Baragona, Rob West, Ruby Swanson, Simone Kujak, Susan Galeck, Tenley Wallace, Therese Langley, Tiina McDermott, Wendy Pierce, Zoey Lane.


Thank you Sponsors. You made it possible to showcase these amazing designs that transform trash, inspire community for a more sustainable earth!

Who will you cast your Business Challenge ballot for?

Nine local businesses are putting their trash fashion creativity to the test by competing in this year’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show’s 8th Business Challenge. Each year a group of businesses come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy.  Bring your friends and your voting block, to support your pick to win the Business Challenge!

Returning businesses:

The Bend Area Habitat for Humanities Restore – The fashion forward trash fashionistas from ReStore bring us their 8th Business Challenge.  This dedicated team have competed every year, and currently hold the Coveted Trash Trophy! ReStore certainly embodies the notion of sustainability as a way of life.

BarrioBarrioCrop – In for their 3rd Business Challenge, Save the Bull, is a matador inspired piece made from garbage bound items from Barrio’s restaurant. Before switching tBBT design concepto paper straws, the staff collected used plastic straws from empty margaritas over a few months period. Photo just in! We know designer Paris Draheim, is a master material manipulator!

BBT Architects – This group of creative folks are competing in their 3rd challenge. They bring material manipulation at its best. This photo (to the right) is a computer generated concept image of what is to come, all created out of IMG_9800post rebranding, obsolete, business cards.

Brave Collective – Jen Riker, owner of Brave Collective, was inspired when she accompanied her son on the Realms 6th grade fieldwork trip to the Portland Food Bank. In their 2nd Business Challenge they have created their piece out of plastic red mesh onion bags and labels.

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Giant Loop – For their 2nd Business Challenge, the Giant Loop team created this 20’s and 60’s inspired shift dress from over 100 2-inch ykk zippers, nylike webbing, quick release cams and assorted buckles and reflective ribbon tape. This fabulous ensembles purpose is to encourage you to shift your thinking into a greener world.

Moonfire and Sun – is back for it’s 2nd Business Challenge with another Simone Kujak created piece. We’ve seen Simone transform rubbish into red carpet ready fashion from our early shows. This year, garden waste from  broken pottery and burlap to rubber bands from pottery packaging will come alive on the runway.

New this year:

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Bend Velo – As the bike commuting and touring hub of Bend, Bend Velo not only by their very nature, screams sustainability (keeping cars off the road), they also create the classy J Livingston line of retro commuter bikes re-purposed from old mountain bike frames. Designer Karen Holm designed “Raven Warrior” from the RR5biggest bike related waste . . . the inner tubes.

Bigfoot Beverages – For their first Business Challenge, seasoned designer/model, DeeDee Johnson created a piece out of beverage packaging. Big Foot has a small environmental footprint for a business its size. They converted their fleet to biodiesel fuel, use electric IMG951818forklifts, and hybrid vehicles are available to sales personnel.

Lonza – “Rubbish Royalty” is Lonza’s first foray into Rubbish Renewed fashion. This is the most enthusiastic team, creating 3 pieces with 5 designers! The leading supplier in life science industries, and the research center of the company, we love that they are placing sustainability at the core.

Who will you cast your Business Challenge ballot for?

This is just a sneak peak of what is to come this Friday Night at the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. Get your tickets today!