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

Small Town – Inspiration is everywhere

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Traveling north from Bend for the holiday break, I spent a night in Centralia, Washington. Originally dubbed Centerville, the town marked the 1/2 way stagecoach stop between Kalama and Tacoma. Now off the beaten path, it feels frozen in time. Restored historical buildings line the main street housing antique shops and hardware stores with diners dotted between. In my early morning window walk, I ran across this beauty. No telling why it adorned the display, but stunning nonetheless. Keep your eyes open, because inspiration is everywhere! What are you creating?

Three weeks until the submission deadline – December 8th!

Application Paperwork here.

 

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

 

We walk our talk.

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In 2015, where we saw crowds of close to 800 people, we generated a 1/4 can of trash. Two of Rubbish Renewed organizers got into the bin at the end of the night, on top of the ONLY trash of the night, to prove it!

We educate, we inspire, and we walk our talk.  From the beginning, hosting a large-scale event with little environmental impact has been a core part of our mission.  How do we host a fundraising event with crowds of close to 1,000 people in the course of an evening and not generate a ton of trash?  We consult the experts.  ReThink Waste and Bend Garbage and Recycling are two sponsors who help us get as close as we can to zero waste.  Bend Garbage and Recycling provide the bins and service, while ReThink Waste runs and trains the crowd at the event, helping them sort their waste accordingly.zero_waste_station

As you can see from the photo above, we’ve been successful!

Rubbish Renewed continues to divert a ton of trash from the landfill.  Last year, Rubbish Renewed achieved their 2015 goal and again only filled 1/4 can full of trash. This has been possible by supportive sponsors, socially conscious participants, and policies and structures (such as mandating compostable serving ware throughout the event) that ensure we continue to divert waste from the landfill, instead of contribute to it.

Now in 2017, where we will see crowds on Thursday night of well over 1,000 people, wait to see if we can fit all three organizers in the 35-gallon bin destined for the landfill.

View the full video from 2015 on our Facebook page.

Rubbish Renewed is more than just a show!

eatIn 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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