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May 11, 2012 > From Rubbish to Runway

From Rubbish to Runway

Sunol Glen celebrates Earth Day with 3rd Annual "Trashion Show"

By Alyson Whitaker
Photos By Cammie Clark

Most clothing designers wouldn't even think of digging through the trash when coming up with next season's hot new style. But that was the first place Sunol Glen School students turned to when creating their fashions for the 3rd Annual Trashion Show.

Trashion Show was the culmination of a weeklong celebration of Earth Day at Sunol Glen. Each day, students participated in various classroom presentations and activities aimed at showcasing the small steps each person can take to reduce waste and take better care of our planet. Students and staff at Sunol Glen are all working together to be more environmentally friendly. Students are encouraged to pack "zero waste" lunches and table scraps from the cafeteria are composted in the school garden. The school's "Green Team" collects CRV cans and bottles on the last Friday of every month, and has placed recycle bins around the campus to help students properly sort and dispose of their waste.

The event has grown in popularity since its inception in 2010. Trashion's first show had just 13 participants - this year, 45 students created a wearable item! While some styles were created from repurposed or outgrown clothing items, many took the "trash" theme to heart, literally fashioning wearable items out of trash. Duct tape, plastic grocery bags, empty juice pouches and candy wrappers, empty food packaging, used gift cards, and cardboard boxes were just some of the supplies used to create the designs.

Parent volunteers Heather Caruso-Maxey and Cammie Clark spearheaded the Trashion Show and helped students transform their designs from sketch to completion. Design workshops began in early March, where students learned different techniques for working with varied supplies and received assistance in the design process. When the lights dimmed and the music started playing, students paraded the runway one by one, showcasing weeks of hard work and creativity.

Principal/Superintendent Molly Barnes applauded the efforts of the students. "It is wonderful to see students so concerned about our environment. While the Trashion Show is a fun event for the school, it also is a great reminder of how many things get thrown away that might be able to be used for something else. Their creativity is inspiring!"

While most of us wouldn't even consider wearing our garbage, we can all make an effort to find ways to reuse, repurpose, or recycle what otherwise would end up in the dump. And that earth-friendly attitude will never go out of style!

Photo Caption: Second grader Sofia James modeled a "newsworthy" dress designed by seventh graders Kristen Benz, Surina Bothra, and Aditi Hosagandi.

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