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!

 

2018 Business Challenge Gallery Posted!

Click on the photo to access the Business Challenge Gallery. Photo by Joy Mitsui

Five Business Challenge participants are already confirmed for the January 25th 2019 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.

Who will be back? What new businesses are to come? In several weeks we will reveal this year’s competitors.

At our 2018 show, ReStore won the Coveted Trash Trophy with Chain, Chain, Chain! ReStore has competed in all 7 of our Business Challenges, with innovative, show stopping designs. Check out their piece along with the other competitors in the 2018 Business Challenge Gallery.

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

2 More Business Challenge Previews

Who will you cast your Business Challenge vote for? Two more Business Challenge competitors give us a preview of what is to come.

ReStore, our only 7 time Business Challenge participant, debuts Chain, Chain, Chain created from torn chair salvaged leather, used circular saw blades, chains and washers. No question this will be one to beat!

Silverado, first time Business Challenge competitor, is using jewelry pouches, strands of beads and broken stones donated by some of our artists, broken chains, jewelry boxes, and ribbon ends to create this elegant piece.

Come out and support your favorite competitor and help decide who will win the 2018 Coveted Trash Trophy!

Here is the full list! Atlas Cider, BBT Architects,  Moonfire and SunPronghorn, ReStore, Silverado, Utilitusew

Sneak Peak of 2 Business Challenge Pieces

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A few photos popped into the Rubbish Renewed inbox in the last few days. Here is the first sneak peek into 2018’s Business Challenge competition! Bring your friends and your voting block to support your pick for the Coveted Trash Trophy!

BBT Architects

How many cups of tea does it take to create a garment? Luckily at BBT Architects they support the team with a tea array! Their sustainable building design vision comes to the runway with BBTea! “The garment is constructed of a year’s worth of discarded tea labels and strings tied together to create a 100% reused dress that is not your typical cup of tea.”

Pronghorn

 

With a more modest approach to business casual, Pronghorn proposes a Jacket made with old sheets and wine corks and a dress of patio furniture covers. Clean lines and polished production make this wearable pair ready to play a round on Pronghorn’s reused water quenched greens.

Check back for more Business Challenge sneak peaks. The show is just 1 week away! Get your tickets today!

Business Challenge Participants Announced!

One of my favorite parts of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is the Business Challenge competition. Each year a group of businesses, dedicated to sustainable practices, come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy.

Back this year are ReStore, Atlas Cider, BBT Architects, and Utilitusew. And for their first Business Challenge Moonfire and Sun, Pronghorn, and Silverado.

Look for a sneak peak in the next few days of 2018 Business Challenge pieces in progress.

Check out 3 of the competitors from last year’s Business Challenge competition:

 Thank you to the 7 years of diverse businesses who have shared their passion and dedication to practices that inspire community for a sustainable earth.

7 YEARS: ReStore

4 YEARS: Wabi Sabi  

3 YEARS: Strictly Organic, Mt. Bachelor 

2 YEARS: Utilitu Sew, Atlas Cider, BBT Architects, Tambi Lane Photography,   Barrio,  Cosa Cura – Rescue Collective, Tozer Design,  Natural Edge Furniture

1 YEAR: Moonfire and Sun, Pronghorn, Silverado,The Environmental Center; Old Ironworks Arts District; Sounds Fast;  Boneyard;  Sara Bella Upcycled; Spork;  Hydroflask;  Spa W;  Cuppa Yo;  Horned Hand;  Angelinas;  Athletic Club of Bend; Aspect Board and Brews; Gear Fix;  String Soil; The Makers District;  Brave Collective;  Sparrow Bakery; Sonic Solution,  Bishops Barbershop,  Giant Loop,  The Moto Shop

2017 Business Challenge Gallery Posted

2017 Business Challenge Gallery posted today!

Winner of the 2017 Coveted Trash Trophy! Atlas Cider Designer: Panambi Elliott Photo: Nick Kealey

Click on the image to the right to  enjoy the 2017 Business Challenge Designs on the runway.

Competing for the Coveted Trash Trophy, 6-10 businesses show their trash fashion prowess and celebrate their sustainable efforts in the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show’s Business Challenge. Every year I’m blown away by the manipulation of each business’ trash into a diversity of styles. Although Rubbish Renewed has passed 7 seasons, our Business Challenge is a year behind, only 1 business has competed in all 6 . . .

Showcasing a team of creative designers and talented models, see the last 6 years of ReStore Business Challenge Style!

Click photos below for larger slideshow.

In order from 2017-2012. See Galleries for more information on the garments’ designers, models, and materials.

Thanks to the businesses who have participated in the past. Click on the business name to link to their website.

6 YEARS: ReStore

4 YEARS: Wabi Sabi  

3 YEARS: Strictly Organic, Mt. Bachelor 

2 YEARS: Tambi Lane Photography,   Barrio,  Cosa Cura – Rescue Collective, Tozer Design,  Natural Edge Furniture

1 YEAR: The Environmental Center;  Utilitu Sew;  Old Ironworks Arts District; Sounds Fast;  Boneyard;  Sara Bella Upcycled; Spork;  Hydroflask;  Spa W;  Cuppa Yo;  Horned Hand;  Angelinas;  Athletic Club of Bend; Aspect Board and Brews; Gear Fix;  String Soil; The Makers District;  Brave Collective;  Sparrow Bakery; Sonic Solution,  Atlas Cider,  BBT Architects,  Bishops Barbershop,  Giant Loop,  The Moto Shop

 

2016 Business Challenge Gallery Posted! Revealed – Who’s Returning & Who’s New?

Although this is our 7th Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, this year features our 6th Business Challenge! Added year 2, to showcase the exceptional sustainability practiced in Bend, the Business Challenge is an audience supported, friendly competition for the Coveted Trash Trophy. However to us, it centers on celebrating our forward thinking community and the spirit of those who lead the way towards creating a more sustainable earth!  Check out the 2016 Business Challenge Gallery with photos by Heaven McArther.

Returning this year for their 6th Business Challenge: ReStore!

RESTORE:  Sublimity   Designer: Susan Galecki, Kristi Teasdale, Mary Conrad, Karen McMahon, DeeDee Johnson, Paige Shull    Model: Kristi Teasdale  Materials:  A whole lot of household refuse.

Returning this year for their 3rd Business Challenge: Mt Bachelor

MT BACHELOR:  Snowstorm Diva   Designer: Andrea Zippler   Model: Stephanie Kirpatch   Materials: old Mt.Bachelor trail map (wings), old banner that says, “snow”

Returning this year for their 2nd Business Challenge: Natural Edge Furniture

NATURAL EDGE FURNITURE:  Smooth Operator   Designer: Kassy Windus   Model: Hannah Tarrant   Materials: Spent sandpaper

New Business Challenge participants this year:

Atlas Cider

BBT Architects

Bishops Barbershop

Giant Loop

The Moto Shop

Thanks to the businesses who have participated in the past:

ReStore – 5 years;  Wabi Sabi – 4 years;  Strictly Organic – 3 years;  Mt. Bachelor – 2 years;  Tambi Lane Photography – 2 years;  Barrio – 2 years;  Rescue Consignment – 2 years;  Tozer Design – 2 years

The Environmental Center; Utilitu Sew; Old Ironworks Arts District; Sounds Fast; Boneyard; Sara Bella Upcycled; Spork; Hydroflask; Spa W; Cuppa Yo; Horned Hand; Angelinas; Athletic Club of Bend; Aspect Board and Brews; Gear Fix; String Soil; The Makers District; Natural Edge Furniture; Brave Collective; Sparrow Bakery; Sonic Solution

Business Challenge Application is UP!

heavenmcarthur-rubbishrenewed-2016-546-webresheavenmcarthur-rubbishrenewed-2016-529-webresOur mission of transforming trash and inspiring community for a sustainable earth is seen in all aspects of Rubbish Renewed!

Rubbish Renewed invites individual community members and BUSINESSES to design pieces for the runway show.

As a business employee, group of employees, owner, or fan, you can get on the runway by designing a garment with quintessential waste from your business or business affiliate and joining 9 other local businesses for our 2017 Business Challenge.

The Business Challenge aspect of our show is comprised of a group of 10 businesses who create runway-worthy garments from their unique trash.  Business Challenge participants are accepted on a “first come, first serve basis” after completing the application process and compete in a friendly competition for the coveted Trash Trophy on Thursday, January 12th, 2017.

More information can be found in the Business Challenge Application.

PHOTOS:  Heaven McAruthur (www.heavenmcarthur.com)

PHOTO SHOOT: looking ahead to the runway

4 weeks before garments need to be runway ready, on December 17th, a small group of designers, models and Rubbish Renewed volunteers gathered at Tambi Lane Photography for our pre-show photo shoot. Photographs are focused on Business Challenge participants, garments being donated to our live fundraising auction, and student garments (completed garments enter a lottery for the final few spaces).  The end result is to present you with a sneak peak of the richness to come. We couldn’t create this professional shoot without the wonderfully talented Bishops Barbershop’s masterful hair, and Mayra Stearn & Arenal Hruby makeup magic! Tambi Lane Photography not only contributes the sweet space, but once again, Tambi made the garments come alive in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

STUDENT GARMENTS – Click on the photo to link to the student garments
Fruity Tutui Designer/Model: Fiona Wright Material: fruit bags and netting, potato sacks, newspaper bags, flour sacks

Fruity Tutui
Designer/Model: Fiona Wright
Material: fruit bags and netting, potato sacks, newspaper bags, flour sacks

BUSINESS CHALLENGE – Click on the photo to link to the Business Challenge
Mt. Bachelor Designers: Andria Zippler, Denise Ellington, Sam Whitman, Stephanie Kirpach, Martha Jeffers Materials: old Mt.Bachelor trail map (wings), old banner that says, "snow", etc

Mt. Bachelor
Designers: Andria Zippler, Denise Ellington, Sam Whitman, Stephanie Kirpach, Martha Jeffers
Materials: old Mt.Bachelor trail map (wings), old banner that says, “snow”, etc

AUCTION GARMENTS –  Click on the photo to link to the auction garments
Put the Needle on the Record Designer: Mayra Stearns Materials: records, doilies, linens and sheet music

Put the Needle on the Record
Designer: Mayra Stearns
Materials: records, doilies, linens and sheet music

 

 

Get your tickets today at rubbishrenewed.com for one or both of our shows on January 14th at the Midtown Music Hall.

First show showcases Student Garments, Business Challenge, and our Live Auction Items.  Second show is 21 and over and highlights Adult Garments, Business Challenge, and our Live Auction Items.

 

2015 Business Challenge Runway Gallery Posted!

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RESTORE Business Challenge

What an amazing Business Challenge it was!  Just over 9 months ago, on January 15th the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show highlighted 10 sustainably minded businesses.  Talented designers creatively crafted couture from the businesses own refuse.  Check out the newly posted 2015 Business Challenge Runway gallery with photos by Tambi Lane Photography.
Our Business Challenge closes when we reach 10 completed applications.  Learn more about supporting Rubbish Renewed as a Business Challenge participant here.  Submit your Business Challenge online application today to compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy!