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!

2017 Community Garment // What one action can you take to lower your impact on the planet?

first-friday1As we ring in the new year, reflect on years past, and make plans to create a brighter 2017, it seems like the right time to share the story behind our annual Rubbish Renewed “Community Garment” creation.   At each of our two shows, you will see this year’s “Community Garment”, which was inspired from pledges gathered at December’s “First Friday.”

On Friday, December 2nd, the Bend community came together at Cosa Cura to take pledges for the planet.  People asked, “What one action can I take to lower my impact on the planet?”   Pledges were written directly on discarded CD’s, which will be integrally pieced in the 2017 “Community Garment.”

The 2017 “Community Garment” will grace both runway shows, spreading the messages, and making a community shift for a more environmentally sustainable planet.   Look for this special garment on the runway!

first-friday220160115_9854                                    20160115_9697Dante Biancucci, modeling the 2016 Community Garment

Photos:  Paula Bullwinkle

Rubbish Renewed: Joe Kline’s Point-of-View

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Last minute adjustments, makeup touch ups, models waiting in anticipation, the glow of a gladiator, a sense of movement, garments framed between audience members, these magical moments tell the story of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. For a feel of the event, peruse last year’s photos through the point-of-view of Joe Kline, one of the talented photographers who captured Rubbish Renewed. Joe shares the atmosphere from behind the scenes, from a bird’s eye view, and on the ground. Link to the 2016 Joe Kline’s Magical Images gallery and get excited for the January 12th event!

Finally: 2016 Adult Runway Gallery Posted!

I’m so excited to finally post another gallery from the 2016 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show.  The 2016 Adult Runway gallery has a slightly different look.  Each designer’s garment features 3 photos from Heaven McCarthur’s story telling style.  Many of the mosaics include a close-up of the materials and fabrication methods, something that usually only those in the green room get to see.  Look for the 2016 Business Challenge Gallery in the next few days!


Remember the submission deadline is Friday, December 2nd, for the 2017 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show.  Submissions are coming in, and we can’t wait to see yours!

Inspired by Kids!

Kids inspire me.  With Trash Fashion on my back burner for months, it took the beginning of the school year with a slew of excited middle school students to get my mind spinning with ideas.  For the first post of the Rubbish Renewed season, here is an encouraging account written by several of last fall’s REALMS Rubbish Renewed Elective students. Several fantastic photos, by Heaven McArthur, highlight garments made by students quoted below, and Joe Kline’s ghostly image of the community garment.

This year the Rubbish Renewed Elective at REALMS was a hectic blur of measurements, cutting, restarting, redoing, sketching, and stitching. All of us, in the elective, had the goal of making it to the runway. Finally, after hours of work and thought poured into every garment, the deadline for submissions had arrived. That day, everyone was fussing over this or that trying to find the perfect name and description for their garment. Even now that everyone’s submissions were in, the suspense wasn’t over. We waited and waited for the results to come by email on the 12th of December. After days of anticipation the wait was over, whether your submission made it or not we still had work to do. The community garment had yet to be started. Those whose submissions had made it in continued to mess with their designs until it was just right. Others worked and worked on the community garment featuring old calculators from the 6th grade math room.  All of the students in Rubbish Renewed had a delightful experience and are planning on making more trash fashion next year. Here are some comments that our students had:

  • rubbishrenewed-10“Waiting backstage was delightfully nerve wracking,” said student model and designer Becky Knight.
  • Ella Cook realized that anything can be reused to make something new. “I learned that almost everything that someone throws away can be used for something else.”
  • This year a group of REALMS students had the idea of creating outfits with a theme of the 4 seasons. They worked together to create some fabulous outfits. Lilah Beck,student designer and model of spring said, “I am most proud of the bond that I formed with my team. We helped each other make the garments come together to be the best they can be.” Another student designer and model, Violet Loftus of summer stated, “I used to think that trash was gross and that it should be thrown right into the trash but then I went to the show!”
  • Jaide Summers noticed that “It makes you aware of what to throw away and what to repurpose.”
Look for Galleries from last year’s show coming soon!

Reignite Your Sustainable Passion – Community Garment Creation

“What one action can I take to lower my impact on the planet?”
  • We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.
  • Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.

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    Designer: Bend Community     Materials: tin can lids, 1950’s stained curtains

Looking at trash facts is mind-boggling. Each year at this time I peruse the internet for waste data to share with the Bend community. The goal is to reignite sustainable practices in ALL of us. For me, complacency sets in as the year rolls on. When I reconsider a pledge each year I’m empowered to act, focusing my sustainability efforts.

The first year of Rubbish Renewed I pledged to recycle the toilet paper tube. And since then, I have diligently complied.   The next year, I upped my composting efforts through making a pledge. To this day, I still meet this goal.

There is something about the act of making a pledge and watching it publicly displayed walking down the runway that motivates; it helps hold me accountable. This year I’m using a thermos to capture the extra water I heat for tea. Now, in winter, as the day wears on, I rejuvenate my hot beverage with captured energy. I’ll make a pledge today at Rescue Collective (our hosts for the Rubbish Renewed Community Garment creation) to change a habit and lower my impact on the planet!

Designer: The Bend Community Materials: Bicycle Tubes,

Designer: The Bend Community
Materials: Bicycle Tubes, scrap plether

  • If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year
  • Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!
  • In the United Kingdom, 65 percent of tea drinkers overfill their kettles and boil more water than is needed for a cup of tea. Turns out, that extra energy—the energy used to heat thrown out or leftover water each day—is enough to light all the streetlights in London for a night.

The Rubbish Renewed Community Garment offers a place to take a personal step towards walking 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?”  Make a pledge. Start today.

You can help create the 2015/16 Community Garment at the Rubbish Renewed table at December’s First Friday (December 4th) at Rescue Collective, (910 NW Harriman St Suite 150).

“What one action can I take to lower my impact on the planet?”

First Friday, Community Garment Creation


The number of miles of new ribbon (more than enough to wrap around the planet – and tie a decorative bow, of course) that shoppers wouldn’t have to buy if every family in the country reused just two feet of trimmings from previous years.   To keep the ribbon of Christmases past from getting creased, wrap them around a paper towel tube and secure with masking tape.


2011 Community Garment
Materials: Surgical Drape & Soda can bottoms

The Rubbish Renewed Community Garment offers a place to take a personal step towards walking 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?”  Make a pledge. Start today.

You can help create the 2014/15 Community Garment at the Rubbish Renewed table at December’s First Friday (December 5th) at Hot Box Betty, (903 NW Wall St). Write your pledge for action directly on the tin can lids.  Your pledge along with all the pledges collected in Bend will be featured prominently on the 2014 Community Garment at the January 15th Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show at The Bend Armory. Rubbish Renewed Community Garment 2014/5 By the Bend Community That’s YOU!

Designer:  The Bend Community Materials:  Bicycle Tubes,

2013/14 Community Garment
Materials: Bicycle Tubes, Minty Blaster holes (a manufacturing by-product)

At First Friday also witness the first Rubbish Renewed past trash fashion live wax museum. Learn how some artists are inspired to lessen their waste by reconsidering the value of trash and transforming rubbish into wearable art.

2012 Community Garment
Materials: Sun Umbrella, Tyvek snowflakes & packaging

Craft-O Holiday Bazaar at The Old Ironworks Arts District – Debris Demolisher

ironworks bannerThis weekend throngscraft-o of discerning holiday shoppers will flood The Old Ironworks Arts District for the third annual Craft-O Holiday Bazaar.  This is the perfect opportunity to shop local and support artists in your gift giving this year!  The Workhouse, Cindercone Clay Center, Studio 3, Stuarts of Bend and Cement Elegance will all house dedicated artisans and craftsman who have bulked up their locally crafted inventory for our purchasing pleasure.  Browse, socialize, snack, and buy on this Saturday and Sunday at Craft-O!  As a bonus, Rubbish Renewed will be on hand creating the community garment and offering the first glimpse at this years show!


2012 Business Challenge

Stop by the Old Ironworks Arts District not just at Craft-O, but any day. Quickly becoming Bend’s hippest arts district with a collective of artists, makers, and businesses. “Built in 1912 to service Bend’s Lumber Mills and Railroad, The Ironworks Arts District is now home to Cement Elegance, Cindercone Clay Center, Modern Fab, Stuart’s of Bend, The Sparrow Bakery, Studio 3, Sunlight Solar, AND The Workhouse.”

Participating in Rubbish Renewed from the early days, this year The Old Ironworks Arts District is supporting REALMS as a sponsor, competing in the Business Challenge, and will have a spot in our marketplace!

Part 2: Remember 2012

Remember year 3 . . .


  • When Coffee refuse was the base for 3 outfits: 2 students and one of Panambi’s?
  • When one designer made the only pants of the show. 1 of bicycle tubes and 1 of only discarded zippers?
  • When plastic bags were woven into a fine twill fabric that was unrecognizable?
  • When bowling shoes were a stable corset?
  • When our MC walked the runway in an auction item?
  • When there were 2 umbrellas made into garments?
  • When comic book pages were manipulated into beads for an intricate dress?
  • When Pokeman cards transformed into samurai armor?

 Check out the newly posted Gallery, Runway 2012 Adult Designers, featuring the rest of the garments from last year!

Create the 2012 Community Garment

Designer: Karen Holm

How would you react to a friend  wearing a paper grocery-bag couture dress adorned with trash ornaments on a runway?  In 2010 this fashion-forward piece graced our runway, making an aesthetic statement for the environment. Conscientious residents of Bend created the Community Garment, making their often unconscious choices conscious by pledging to reduce their consumption and waste.  In 2011, we were inspired by the sterile hospital dressing that protects surgical instruments and is later tossed into our landfills.

Designer: Karen Holm

These are the types of fashion statements that don’t cost a lot of money, but move down the runway delivering a provocative message;  A clear message to rethink waste, our habits, and to decrease our impact on the planet.

This weekend Rubbish Renewed invites YOU to come out, rethink your habits, and make a pledge to decrease your consumption and waste.  Join us at Bend’s downtown Fall Festival to create the 2012 Community Garment. Find the Rubbish Renewed crew near the junction of Oregon & Wall in downtown Bend 11-5pm Saturday & Sunday.