I’m hearing rumblings throughout the district’s schools of creative kids rummaging for refuse, sketching designs during dinner, and covert clothing creations. There is no question that young people are the passion behind the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show style and environmental mission. More importantly they are the power behind change in our community, country, and world! Experience the students innovative energy through Joy Mitsui’s photos from our January 18, 2018 runway event.
Scrolling through the years of Rubbish Renewed blog posts last night, I stumbled across Virtual Inspiration I posted on September 30, 2013. I read, “The last few evenings after work I’ve been down in my sewing cavern, a mug of hot tea on the shelf, an audio book playing in the background, my Pinterest “boards” open, exploring materials, shapes, color and design. Getting inspired.” . . . What? History repeating itself! OK, instead of tea and an audio book, I had a glass of wine and season 4 of Downton Abbey playing, but the rest was the same. I’m just as content now, my creative spirit ignited, surrounded by the unusual textures, colors, and shapes inherent in the refuse I choose.
What are you creating? Submission deadline Friday December 8th, just one month away! Link to the Runway Application.
In addition to the two runway shows at 6:00pm (doors at 5pm; all ages) and 8:30pm (doors at 7:30pm; 21+), the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser has more to offer its guests. The doors open for each of our two shows one hour before the show’s start time. Come early to enjoy delicious food from Barrio Restaurant’s Food Truck , shop in the Pop Up Marketplace and Silent Auction, and enjoy a local beverage from one of two drink service areas. Thank you to the following beverage sponsors: Boneyard Beer, Atlas Cider, and Bend Distillery.
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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!
The Rubbish Renewed garment submission deadline has come and gone and we were blown away by the quality and quantity of submissions this year! The adult garment slots filled up with the most diverse designs yet. And we had almost 50 student submissions from 10 schools for only 20ish student spots. Decisions were tough for the jury, but found sticking to the criteria the way to narrow the field:
- Furthering Rubbish Renewed Mission – Description & piece communicates Transforming trash, inspiring community for a sustainable earth
- Use of Materials – Transformation of trash into fashion. Shows attention to manipulation of materials.
- Design – Coherence; Innovative techniques; unique aesthetics; creative expression.
- Quality of Construction – Construction methods inspire long-term use.
Every design met at least 2 of these criteria, but the ones that made the cut, focused on all.
Thank you submitting designers for your dedication to the planet, to quality, sustainable fashion, and belief in making a difference one small action at a time.
“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.
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!
- 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).
Inspiring students rewards all of us. As a teacher, seeing students create a goal, persevere through challenges and meet that goal, is the best. And when that goal includes taking care of the planet, it’s even better. I’ve had a chance to teach, mentor, assist, problem solve, and push students each year to enter in the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. Many life skills come out of this experience and the 2015 Gallery shares the fruits of this labor. Thanks for all the determination, resilience, and follow-through shown by these student designers. We can’t wait to see what they bring this year.
Only 3 1/2 weeks to the submission deadline!
Check out the new 2015 Student Runway gallery posted today! Photos by Tambi Lane Photography.
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!
Project Runway is known for it’s unconventional challenge. Each season, on at least one episode, show designers run to retrieve something unfabric-like, sponsored by some corporation or another. Although unconventional, the objects are new material that is re-envisioned into fashion. Designers use base fabric and hot glue to construct something unique. However amazing, this is not Trash Fashion. (Read our last post “Organic Matter isn’t Rubbish”).
This season, episode 7, used real refuse for once! “The designers go dumpster diving for recycled electronics in order to merge the worlds of fashion and technology.” Although they still use muslin (new material – not allowed in Rubbish Renewed) for base fabric and many use hot glue to assemble the garment, the concept hits the mark. See how these designers manipulate materials, using the innate qualities to push the fashion forward!
How will you stretch your use of materials this season?
We are thrilled to report that this year’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show was the most successful one yet! We packed the house with more than 400 people at each of our two shows and raised close to $22,000 for REALMS (Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School).
And if you haven’t viewed the fantastic photos taken by Tambi Lane Photography, Click HERE for images from this year’s show. Choose “first show” or “second show” to view the images in the gallery of your choice. This option is located near the bottom of the screen. Click to enlarge the image and use the cart icon and pull down menu for ordering. Please contact Tambi Lane directly for any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org | www.tambilane.com