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. The call for artists is going on now (deadline January 19, 2020) for the 2020 Trashion Show, which is being held at IslandWood on April 26, 2020 at 2pm and 4pm – CASH PRIZES will be awarded.
All ages are welcome to submit (if you are under 18, you must have parental/guardian permission), and you may submit up to three designs. This year there will be three categories: Couture Business Waste, Upcycled Ready to Wear, and the Mystery Box Challenge, which is a new category this year. For the Mystery Box Challenge, artists do not have to submit a sketch, but must commit to taking a box of scrap fabric and objects to create their outfit from. Entrants will have approximately three months to complete their submissions. Local businesses are also available to partner with, if you do not have a business connection, the Trashion staff would be happy to match you up with one.
Click here for submission guidelines and the application for all categories.
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.
One such initiative is Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, a program that encourages the reduction of waste produced by our community through recycling, reusing, 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 items for recycling/reuse, for a complete list of businesses and recyclable/reusable items, click here). In addition to The Bainbridge Island Trashion Show, they sponsor and/or support a variety of programs and events throughout the year, such as ZW Tableware Lending Library, the emerging Library of Things, and the Fix-It Fair. They also strongly encourage re-thinking single-use containers by bringing your cups and utensils for take-out foods, and reusable containers for restaurant leftovers.
*Images provided by Bainbridge Island Trashion Show