The fourth annual Trashion Show is being held at IslandWood on April 14, 2019 — there will be two shows this year; a non-juried preview show from 2pm to 3pm, and the juried show from 4pm to 6pm. Tickets are $15 per person, children 12-years-old and younger are free (click here for tickets).
Trashion is an entertaining runway fashion show, sponsored by Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, featuring a variety of outrageously creative garments made from an assortment of recycled materials, such as food wrappers, magazines/periodicals, discarded books/manuals, plastic and bubble wrap, plastic utensils and drink containers, obsolete electric/computer cables…honestly, if people throw it out, the Trashion artists are probably creating something unusual with it.
The show isn’t just for islanders though, the goal is to spread awareness of our global trash issues that plague not just land, but sea.
Three categories are headlined for this year’s show; designers/artists presenting their fashions in the couture and ready-to-wear categories, as well as a new “business challenge” category, in which artists pair with local businesses to use only that store’s discards. Current participants are Bon Bon, The Good Egg, Town & Country and The Traveler.
A little history: In 2005, a group of islanders got together to discuss the needs of sustainability on Bainbridge Island, and in 2006 Sustainable Bainbridge was formed. Their goals ranged from preserving our delicate environment, waterways and shorelines to engaging the community, businesses and local government in creating economic and social programs that will make Bainbridge Island a healthy and sustainable environment for everyone to enjoy.
Sustainable Bainbridge has since created a variety of programs and initiatives, ranging from exploration and monitoring of our beaches and near-shore areas with trained naturalists, creating a lighter footprint by supporting and sustaining our pedestrian walking paths, trails, sidewalks, and bike paths, eradicating noxious and invasive weeds, such as the Scotch Broom plant, promoting local food use and much, much more (click here for more details on these programs).
One such initiative is Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, a program that encourages the reduction of waste produced by our community through recycling, composting, disposal of special recyclables (Styrofoam, CDs, plastic film, etc.) and the community re-use of items you no longer want or need, but may appeal to others (several businesses around the island will take those items for re-use, click here for a list). In addition to The Bainbridge Island Trashion Show, they sponsor a variety of events throughout the year.
Substantial support of the Trashion event comes from local businesses who underwrite the prizes for the winners in each category. Returning sponsors: Bainbridge Disposal, Pattie Shannon and Diane Sugden of Windermere and Kitsap Bank are returning sponsors. New sponsors this year: Heyday Farm, Green Mountain Technologies, Wicklund Dental, A Kitchen That Works and Sheldon Orthodontics.
***Image provided by Trashion/Bainbridge Island Zero Waste***