From left, 1st place winner in Child Category, Tortilla Chips by Mary Lou; 1st place winner in Youth/Teen Category, Queen of the Cards by Kalen Melton and 1st place winner in Adult Category Lace Up Green Chile Burlap Dress by Brenda Fleming and Modeled by Heidi Sheppard. Courtesy/LAC
Recycle Fashion Show Contestants. Courtesy/LAC
In Celebration of America Recycles Day, Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division staff hosted a Recycle Fashion Show Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.
The Recycle Fashion Show is an artistic expression of eco-conscious creations and is a fun event for people of all ages. Fuller Lodge was adorned in flowers and snap dragons fabricated by Derrick Voight using reclaimed rebar and recycled glass. Local resident Becky Dahl hand-crafted geraniums and beautiful poppy flowers using the bottoms of soda pop bottles.
Light refreshments were served using compostable cups, plates, napkins and utensils. There was essentially zero waste generated from this event, unless you consider all the glitter left sparkling on Fuller Lodge floor.
There were more than a dozen participants that ranged from children to adults, but to be eligible the participants were required to design outfits that were composed of at least 75 percent recycled content. The participants created the hottest trends in recycle fashion using an empty green chile burlap sack, melted tortilla chip bags, Peet’s Coffee bags, the infamous red Starbuck’s cups, and grandpa’s old playing cards.
Other designers created outfits that sent an eco-conscious message, especially the Queen of Amazon outfit created by Kaya Loy that reminds us of the “3.3 million shipping boxes that are used to ship Amazon products around the world.” The final message was “Recycle your cardboard boxes.”
Most people would consider themselves incapable of designing such extraordinary pieces; however, everyone can make a difference by reducing the amount of waste created, reusing materials if possible, and of course composting and recycling.