Runway Applications Due December 21

3 EASY STEPS… to be considered for the 9th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show on Friday, January 25

To be considered for the 2019 show, complete the submission process (3 easy steps) before the deadline << December 21>>
(1) Complete Application Form
(2) Pay Application Fee
(3) Send 3 photos of your design

Unexpected Designer – Sarah Stahl

Sometimes it just takes a comment at a dinner party to move someone from an eager rubbish reducer to a trash fashionista. That’s what happened to Sarah Stahl last year when, over sushi, she confessed to saving 100’s of single use plastic bread clips for a someday Rubbish Renewed design. Get inspired by her story below, and maybe we’ll see your creation on the runway!  Submission deadline December 21, 2018.

RR: Why were you inspired to collect bread clips?

SS: Bread clips are small, colorful, light weight, and fun to tinker with- because of the different ways you can connect them and their movement. However, for almost all the same reasons- they’re a  real waste problem- especially for marine life. They’re also a great example how seemingly inconsequential, little bits of plastic can really add up quickly.

RR: How did our conversation over dinner push you from a lingering idea to runway ready?

SS: I’ve been to so many Rubbish Renewed runways and always thought, “It would be fun to create something!” but then I would forget about it until it was too late to realistically have the time to put something together. I had the idea of a bread clip dress in the past, and I figured if I committed “out loud” to reaching out to friends and collecting them, I would make it happen. I was at a point in my life where I felt like I needed some kind of creative outlet for some balance, even if it was a small amount of time.

RR: Tell us about your design process from conception to completion.

SS: Lots of collecting and getting the word out. I sketched out many ideas and tinkered with different ways to connect the bread clips. Once I started realizing how many bread clips I was going to need for my original idea, I started modifying.  Also, people started giving me that plastic food bag mesh, and that was easy to incorporate in as a base. Using the wire to connect them felt more natural to me than sewing, due to some past jewelry making experience. At the end, it was several long weekends and evenings of lots of drilling and wire work, along with last minute modifications.

RR: What would you say to inspire others who have an idea, but might not see themselves as runway designers?

SS: If you have an idea, go for it and prepare to modify! Start collecting early and tell your friends and family- everyone likes collecting and participating toward the final product. I got bread clips from out of state and from so many different people from all different arms of my life. It was a fun, unique experience to be behind the scenes the night of the show. The nerve-wracking part of walking the runway is really the shortest part of the whole process!  It’s a very supportive group and audience.

Sponsorship Opportunity

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

2019 Sponsorship Packet

For the ninth year, Friends of Realms is hosting one of the most forward thinking,
eco-friendly, fundraising events Bend, Oregon has witnessed, the Rubbish Renewed Eco
Fashion Show.

Through and innovative and inspiring event, the Rubbish Renewed Eco
Fashion Show educates, while fundraising for two Bend public schools, Realms Middle School and Realms High School.

Working to protect and sustain the earth is not just for adults.  By teaching the concept of sustainability, as well as hands-on lessons for putting it into
practice, children are poised to continue these precepts into adulthood. This
fundraiser directly supports sustainability education at Realms Schools.

Your sponsorship ensures that our innovative and environmentally focused curriculum
continues. 100% of the revenue generated from this fundraiser
goes to Realms Schools to continue to teach students to be change-makers
and increase their environmental literacy.

Join our great team of volunteers today!

The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show team starts working on next year’s event 6 months before the show date, in early August.  Please complete the Volunteer Interest Form and we’ll be in touch during the summer to get you started.  We do our best to align your talents and time with our needs. We have many volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved. No prior experience necessary!!!

We look forward to working with you on our next show!!!

Rubbish Renewed Volunteer Interest Form

$24,000 raised for Realms Middle School

On Thursday, January 18th, the Bend community showed up for arguably the best Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show yet!  The 8th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show brought innovative designs, record-breaking crowds, and a fundraising spirit.  Rubbish Renewed raised just over $24,000 for Realms Middle School – At Realms, our vision is to foster scholarship, strengthen community, and inspire stewardship through active learning.

2018 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the stage, sound and lights were set by  sponsor, Sonic Solutions, for an amazing audience experience.  The 8th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show returned to the Midtown Ballroom for arguably the best show yet!!

Stay tuned this week for  2018 Rubbish Renewed Reflections.

The 2018 Marketplace is FULL!

We’re excited to announce that our 2018 Rubbish Renewed Marketplace is full!

Marketplace?!  On January 18th, your ticket to the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show buys more than just a fantastic, eye-catching runway show.  It gives you an entire experience, including the opportunity to shop at our Marketplace.  The Rubbish Renewed Marketplace features 8 vendors who create innovative and artistic products with a sustainability-bent.

For each of our two shows, the doors open one hour before, giving you ample time to shop at the Marketplace and Silent Auction.  For the first show, at 6pm, the doors open at 5pm and for the second show at 8:30pm, the doors will open at 7:30pm.

The 2018 Marketplace will feature 8 creative artists this year:  Simon Kujak of Im One Creations, Marianne Prodehl of Junk to Jems, Rob Walker of Arbor Time, John Sweet of Bike Gate Studio, Heidi Wright of Safari Blankets, Sarah Viles of The Homeslice, Jacque Reeves of Junque in Bloom, and Erick Hefflefinger who creates beautiful mixed material wood art.

Rubbish Renewed Community Garment Creation 2018 // Start Today.

44,000

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.

The Rubbish Renewed Community Garment creation 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.  Come on down to Bishops Barbershop (130 NW Oregon Ave) on Friday, December 1st, during Bend’s First Friday event, to take a pledge on items destined for the landfill.  These items will be integral in the creation of the 2018 Community Garment, which will be featured prominently in the 8th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show at The Midtown Ballroom on January 18th, 2018.

Organic Matter isn’t Rubbish

Despite the fact that as a society we deal with trash daily and throughout each day, we don’t always stop to think about what we’re tossing and why we’re tossing it; we just know that it needs to leave permanently because there are other things for us to think about, and well, the end destination of an onion peel, potato chip bag or aluminum can isn’t one of them. But, as designers of Rubbish Renewed and citizens of this planet, the ignorance is waning and the questions are forming into, “Well, what CAN I do with this onion peel, potato chip bag or aluminum can?”

I’m know you’re familiar with the trash can and the recycling bin, but are you familiar with composting? The concept of composting is quite simple: take a variety of organic matter (kitchen scraps, yard clippings, leaves, etc.), pile it in a bin (outdoor or indoor worm bin) and let it decompose into a nutrient dense soil additive to help plants grow healthier. Not only does composting create a great plant food, it diverts a large amount of garbage from the landfills – win/win!

We are currently meeting and planning the 2016 fashion show, and with that we are making revisions of our guidelines to reflect our mission. We realize that we haven’t yet laid down any guidelines regarding entries made of organic matter. Our 2015 Business Challenge winner was actually a dress made of organic matter – leaves that had fallen off of plants were carefully sculpted into a beautiful silhouette. It was a gorgeous creation!  However, what was our first entry made of organic matter will also be our last. The organizers of Rubbish Renewed feel that organic matter isn’t rubbish – organic matter that is compostable should be treated as such. If you’d like to get composting, Deschutes County’s very own RETHINK WASTE has some great ideas and resources to help you compost successfully!

One of the neatest aspects of Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is the education aspect. It’s so cool that a passion for fashion can open up a conversation that is so much more than a dress and a runway. We hope that you will use Rubbish Renewed as an opportunity to think about your personal trash stream and all the creative ways you can reduce and divert garbage from filling up our landfills.

What aspect of the trash stream has you fired up to learn more about and share with your community?

Warmly, Allison Murphy (RREFS Runway Coordinator & Graphic Designer)

various wastes for composting