In Massachusetts, every year over 260,000 tons of textiles are disposed of in incinerators and landfills and 95% of this material could be recycled. As of 2012, 6% of all trash committed to landfills from residential customers was textiles. Only 15% of all textiles from residential and commercial sources are currently being recycled.
The first annual “Rubbish to Runway reFashion Show” intended to bring attention to the problem of too much waste being wasted took place on October 15, 2011 at Nicholson Hall in Newburyport, MA. During its hour long fashion show a myriad of creative uses for old materials took to the runway.
Over 130 attendees laughed, applauded, and celebrated 18 different runway fashions constructed from an assortment of materials. Plastic bag gowns, bicycle tire tube skirts, bottle caps from popular beer brands adorned blouses and paint chip dresses sashayed down the runway accompanied by popular music tunes and the audience’s exclamations.
“Each new outfit was like unwrapping a new gift,” a satisfied attendee observed.
Artists offered their creations gratis after working for months on each original design. Models also gave their work as a contribution to Long Way Home. The committee worked long and hard to achieve the success of the event. Over $2,000 was realized to support Long Way Home’s projects.
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