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.


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:


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!


What to expect from a trash fashion show?!

What to expect from a trash fashion show?!

You’ve heard a lot about the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, but you have never been. You think this is the year for you, and you will finally get out on a winter night in January to see what this fantastic event is all about.  You wonder if it is worth the ticket price.

I am here to tell you it is!  The tickets are now on sale and we expect to sell out just like in yeas past.  Check out this 1 minute video from our 2015 show to see for yourself!

For each of the 2018 shows, you can expect to see 30+ garments on the runway made entirely of items destined to the landfill or items re-used in a stylistic fashion.

Tickets – www.rubbishrenewed.com


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


Peek into the Green Room 2016

Selfie before the runway.

Selfie before the runway.

For our 2016 show we tried something new, a group of inspired photographers capturing their individual views of the event. What came out of this was a distinctive montage of stories. Link to the gallery, In the Green Room 2016 – with photographer Paula Bullwinkel, for a unique peek behind the scenes of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show.

Buy your tickets today for the 2017 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show!  Thursday, January 12th at the Midtown Ballroom.  Link to tickets:

All ages show – doors at 5pm,   21 & over show – doors at 7:30

2016 Student Runway Gallery Posted!

The deadline for designer applications is just 4 weeks away! Get inspired by perusing the 2016 student runway gallery with photos by Heaven McArthur. Many of these students are first time designers, while others are seasoned veterans with multiple entrees over our Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show history.heavenmcarthur-rubbishrenewed-2016-540-webres Designs by students are often the most fresh and innovative as they see the world differently than their older counterparts. For more student inspiration, link to the blog posts and galleries below from previous years. Then, let the creativity soak in and get started designing!

Student Focused Posts from past years with links to Galleries

Inspired by Kids

Behind the Scenes Designer Series: Artist 5 Olivia Barnes

2016 Student Garment Sneak Peak: Gallery

2015 Student Runway Gallery Posted!

RR Student Designers in Action

Student Designers at the Heart of Rubbish Renewed – 2014 Student Gallery Posted!

Students and Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

Part 1: Remember 2012

Students in Rubbish Renewed 2011

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)

We did it…with YOU! – just under $22,000 for REALMS Magnet School.

blog postAre you still buzzing from our show last week?  We are too!  We did it…with YOU!

We had another successful fundraising event.  The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show was back for the 6th year and we saw bigger than ever numbers, making this one of Bend’s greatest loved events.  We saw greater than 500 people through our doors for each of our two shows, we found the generous support from 25 Bend business sponsors, we enlisted the creativity of 60+ models and designers, and employed more than 30 dedicated volunteers to raise just under $22,000 for REALMS Magnet School.

We would like to thank everyone who came to support Rubbish Renewed and REALMS Magnet School.  The entire evening was a true success and absolutely showcased how we can transform trash and inspire community for a sustainable earth.  We appreciate the time, effort and innovation of this year’s designers and could absolutely not do this event without YOU.  Your one of a kind garments were impressive and helped create another unique show.  The student designers continue to “wow” the audience with their creativity and collaboration, and after all these years we continue to see new materials on the runway.  A testament to your designing spirit and environmental consciousness.


Our Headline Sponsors:  Habitat for Humanity ReStore for continuing to be an integral part of our event for the 6th year; through your sponsorship, we are able to provide the infrastructure and materials to put on Rubbish Renewed, Sonic Solutions for providing the professional runway stage and lights, Flip Flop Sounds for the stellar music and DJ, and  Tambi Lane Photography for your pre-event promotional photos.  We truly could not do this without YOU!

Our Additional Event Sponsors:  Bend Electric Bikes, Camp Nor’wester, PlantLife Clothing, Rescue Collective, The Environmental Center/ReThink Waste, and Wabi Sabi.

ReThink Waste  for helping our audience sort their waste from the show, ultimately contributing only one 1/4 can to the landfill.

Our Runway Hair Crew from  Bishops Barbershop who set the style for the night!  Than you to Sam and Crew:  Jennifer, Jyl, Shannon, Mizmi, Jessie, and Heather for creating the perfect look to compliment each unique garment, while creating a subtle theme, tying all the looks together!

Our Photography CrewJoe Kline, Paula Bullwinkle, Heaven McArthur, Krystal Collins for helping us tell the whole Rubbish Renewed story through the moments captured by YOU.  Like our Rubbish Renewed Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram (#rubbishrenewed) for the 2016 photos!  Coming Soon!!!

Our Media Support: The Source, Cascade A & E, 1017fm for helping us get the word out! 

Our esteemed Emcee, Jessie Russell, for your timing and wit.

Our Auctioneer, Zach Richards, for your steadfastness and easy-going spirit.

Our Runway Make-Up Crew created by this talented team:  Misa, Kimberly, Moon, Hayer, Kate, Sheena, Mayra, and Rocio

Our VIP Table Sponsor; Broken Top Bottle Shop for the delicious appetizers.

Our Food Cart, Barrio,  for serving up the “yums”.

Our Green Room Sponsor, Jackson’s Corner, for keeping our models fed through copious amounts of homemade pizzas.

Our Midtown Hosts, Jim & Jennifer, for working with our multifaceted event.  It wasn’t Mac Miller or Snoop Dogg;)

Our Beverage Sponsors, Boneyard Beer, Atlas Cider, and Crater Lakes Vodka for keeping us hydrated all night.

Our Marketplace Coordinators; Sandy Reed & Mare Schelz for organizing the vendors, creating the best lay out yet, and ensuring that all our artists had a great experience.

Our Silent Auction Coordinator; Anna Ruder for nearly doubling our net revenue and building a greater community through donation acquisition.

Our Front Door Hosts; Roger White, Jennifer Scalley, & Genna Dynice for welcoming and taming the crowd.

Our VIP Table Servers; Phoebe Schaab & Fiona Lintner for your ease, flexibility, and welcoming spirit.

Our VIP Host; Chelsea Callicott for always making people feel welcome and “seen.”

Our Live Auction Coordinator; Kellen Bateham for your confidence in organizing our garment watchers and ensuring they did their job.

Our Display Diva; Erin Diamond for your creative and eye-catching displays.  Thank you for getting the word out to our audience!

…and of our course our fearless guides and cheerleaders; Amy Anderson, Karen Holm, & Allison Murphy for your beautiful collaboration and hundreds of hours that you pour into this event.


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!


Thursday, December 18th, Rubbish Renewed gathered 15 garments at Tambi Lane Photography for our pre-show photo shoot. We invited Business Challenge participants, live auction item designers, and had a lottery of students for our final few spots. 2 of our 10 Business Challenge garments came, and 7 of 9 auction items. We filled the final spots with a lottery selection of completed student submissions. Thank you Bishops Barbershop for the exquisite hair, Kimberly Harwood for the makeup glow and Tambi Lane Photography, our Rubbish Renewed official photographer, for your masterful vision and photo execution! Here is a sneak peak of what is to come at the show on Thursday, January 15th.

AUCTION GARMENTS –  Click on the photo to link to the auction garments
Designer: Paula Bullwinkel Materials: Old Curtain & photo photocopies

Auction Item
Designer: Paula Bullwinkel
Materials: Old Curtain & photo photocopies



BUSINESS CHALLENGE – Click on the photo to link to the Business Challenge

Business Challenge: Stringsoil
Designer: NSpekktor








STUDENT GARMENTS – Click on the photo to link to the student garments

Student Designer: Sydney Phillips

Behind the Scene Designer Series: Artist 4 – Paula Bullwinkel

When Paula Bullwinkel, our 4th Behind the Scene Designer, isn’t designing couture trash fashion, she works as an artist and art instructor at COCC. I’m always blown away by the strong lines that flow through Paula’s designs. She get’s the human form, and from this, transforms the materials into an extension of the wearer. Here’s a peak into Paula’s process of transforming trash and inspiring community for a more sustainable earth.

(link to 1st of the series)     (link to 2nd of the series)     (link to 3rd of the series)

Artist 4 – Paula Bullwinkel

Designer:  Paula Bullwinkle Materials.  7 old oil paintings

Designer: Paula Bullwinkle
Materials. 7 old oil paintings

RR: How did you get started as a trash fashion designer?

PB: I found extra stuff around my house and I like to imagine something new out of something old or mundane.

RR: What inspires your creations?

PB: I’m inspired by Japanese couture from 1980’s and 1990’s, and 1950’s party dresses.

RR: What is one thing you want to say to all the aspiring young designers?

PB: Art can be wearable.

RR: What is your current goal as a Trash Fashion Designer?

Designers:  Paula & Violet Bullwinkle Materials:  Skirt; Brown Grocery Bags, Shirt; Old Tights

Designers: Paula & Violet Bullwinkle
Materials: Skirt; Brown Grocery Bags, Shirt; Old Tights

PB: I would like to find some really unusual materials in a junk or thrift shop to make something nobody has seen before. I would like to construct something huge and gorgeous.

There’s no question in my mind that Paula Bullwinkel will “construct something huge and gorgeous” for this year’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. Come out and get a glimpse on Thursday, January 15th.

Tickets on sale December 15th.  Purchase online at rubbishrenewed.com through eventbrite, at REALMS Charter School in Bend (63175 OB Riley Road), or at Wabi Sabi (downtown Bend / 830 NW Wall St).