Transforming trash, inspiring community for a sustainable earth. Some might say this tag line is a little grand for a fashion show motivated by trash creativity. But in fact our goal is to educate, inspire,entertain and take action to help create a more sustainably minded community.
Our first year, when we started planning Rubbish Renewed, we searched for like-minded organizations to collaborate with. We immediately encountered The Bend Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Like us their mission is to engage the community, not just thinking about their impact on the environment, but acting on it.
If you’ve never been, the ReStore is the ideal place to find treasures of used and surplus home improvement items. Donate your no longer needed building materials, appliances and home furnishings or discover that special object you were looking for. All proceeds benefit Bend Area Habitat for Humanity, providing home ownership, home repair & weatherization services for hard-working, low-income local families and individuals.
With an eye on the environment and the support of an important community cause, ReStore is the go to place for all your home improvement needs. Check out their offerings including a new “line” of up-cycled merchandise.
- When we had 19 inspiring garments designed and made by students?
- 3 by elementary school students
- 12 by middle school students
- 4 by high school students
- When 2 of the 8 business challenge garments were made by 2 of our talented student designers?
- When the list of student materials included:
- Lots of candy wrappers
- Bubble wrap
- Race bib numbers
- Award ribbons
- Window screen
- Shower curtain
- Tissue paper
- & Bags & bags
- Canvas grocery bags
- Plastic grocery bags
- Ramen bags
- Dog food bags
- Paella bags
- Coffee bags
Check out the new Gallery, Runway 2012 Student Designers, featuring all the student garments from last year!
- When we first saw fused plastic bags become a runway worthy garment?
- When school lunch boats rocked a skirt?
- When cassette tape sparkled like beads?
- When beanie babies became a faux fur coat?
- When an old tipi canvas with sharpie pictographs caused a phone bidding war and sold for $2450 at our auction?
- When the 1st community garment, sharing the sustainability wishes of Bend residents, was born?
- When Rubbish Renewed hit the Bend, must attend event scene?
Check out the newly posted Gallery, Runway 2010, featuring the garments from our first year!
With the announcement of our new date, the response from artists is overwhelmingly positive. A little extra time and not backed up with the holiday frenzy seems, from a designers point of view, delightful. The extra 6 weeks not only gives more time for artists, and time to solidify and prep the space, it also gives us added time to get the word out!
Bend, Oregon is an incredibly cool place to live. Although the community has grown substantially since I moved here in 2000, it still has a small town feel. Walking downtown, I always bump into someone I know eager to engage in a meaningful discussion. People here not only hold “important” conversations, like how to make a difference in their community, they take action. One approach comes from the willingness, no, eagerness to think about waste, and to do something about it in an ingenious way. I’ve never met so many creative, capable, motivated and sustainably minded people in a small area (accept maybe Lopez Island – but that’s another story).
So have you ever thought about tiny speakers built into reused ALTOIDS tins? Sculpted bowls formed from old records? What about bold jewelry and accessories created from vintage Formica or salvaged roof copper? These are just a smattering of the imaginative and well-crafted offerings available this year in the Marketplace at the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show on December 6th. Check out these pieces for a taste of what’s to come.
Marketplace spaces are going quickly, so if you are interested, checkout the vendor submission info and grab a space before they’re gone.
Casey, a 6th grader at REALMS, careful connected playing cards for her rubbish renewed piece.
Thursday, November 10th the deadline for the 2nd annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show arrived with 50 submissions for the runway! Now the challenging jurying process begins. Twice the entries and more diverse and eclectic than last year, designs range in categories from global impact to altered extremes. Materials like cat food bags, candy wrappers, old playing cards, negatives and slides, and even a kiddy pool are envisioned into carefully crafted environmentally savvy high fashion. Stay tuned for coming preview pictures. Only 4 weeks to go!