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Fashion show to raise recycling awareness

Fashion show to raise recycling awareness

April 01
20:41 2013

Nicole Darling / Contributing Writer

A trash can full of old grocery bags, crushed soda cans and crumpled newspapers could become 2013’s hippest new spring dress in an effort to raise awareness about recycling.

The Denton Public Library and the city of Denton Solid Waste and Recycling Department teamed up to create the Trashion Fashion Show that will take place April 20 at the Denton Redbud Festival.

Designers will create outfits made completely out of recycled materials to promote sustainability, recycling and art.

“The goal is to raise awareness about all the stuff that people throw away,” said Juli Gonzalez, co-creator of Trashion Fashion and Public Services Librarian. “We want people to see that recycling and reusing and repurposing are options for items they may not want anymore.”

Gonzalez wanted to create an Earth Day program at the library and decided to focus the event on recycling.  She teamed up with Alana Presley from the city of Denton’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department and the UNT fashion department to put together the show.

“We are always looking for ways to reach diverse audiences,” Presley said. “And by partnering with the library on an event such as the Trashion Fashion show we are able to achieve that goal.”

The fashion show is intended to educate the designers, students and community members about recycling and sustainability, but with an artistic twist through fashion. Nicole Cocco, outreach coordinator for the office of sustainability at UNT, said she supports the city’s efforts to promote sustainability through art.

“Using art and creativity to connect to a wide variety of people in order to educate them about topics of sustainable development is one of the most effective methods to promote behavior change,” Cocco said. “I think the city of Denton and the recycling department are very innovative for putting on such an event.”

This is the city’s second Trashion event, with the goal of having an even bigger turnout this year, Gonzalez said. Gonzalez wanted to team up with city departments, such as UNT and Keep Denton Beautiful, in order to reach as many people as possible.

Designs will be photographed and featured in a fashion show at the Redbud Festival at noon on the day of the event. Designers will be given the chance to show off their environmentally-friendly designs and winners in each age category will win prizes.

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