Revelstoke residents celebrated Earth Day in style.
On Sunday more than 100 people gathered at the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort for the third annual ‘Trashion Show.’
The grassroots event saw students, adolescents and adults come together to turn trash that might have ended up in the landfill into beautiful outfits.
North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES) executive director Kate Borucz, who helped organize the event, called it a creative way to find solutions to pressing environmental issues.
“It’s such an amazing and creative way to bring awareness to serious environmental issues,” said Borucz. “It helps people realize how much waste their generating and how much of that ends up in the landfill. It’s just one little thing we do, but it makes a big difference.”
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Among the materials contestants used for their outfits were plastic bags, soda cans, inner tubes, juice cartons, straws and bread tags.
Local students also had some of their work on sustainable urban planning on display for those in attendance.
Begbie View Elementary teacher Sarah Newton and Wildsight sustainability educator Janette Vickers said that over eight weeks students worked together to build cities complete with their own local food systems, water conservation tools, and sustainable energy sources.
Student Will Hobgood, who participated in the project, called it fun and engaging. He said it helped him to learn more about how his actions impact the environment.
Designer Jade Gregg, whose work ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ was exhibited in the show and modeled by Conner Platten, said events like the Trashion Show help bring awareness to the role the textile industry plays in generating landfill waste.
“Textile is a huge waste issue right now, and we’re throwing almost 100 million tons of garbage into landfills every year in North America,” said Gregg, whose creation was made up of the inner tubes she used in her bike.
Gregg also used straws she collected over the year at restaurants and bars to make the bumblebees wings.
Alyssa “Vee” Veerenhuis, whose roman gladiator style outfit made out of recycled pop tops was modelled by Dan Brown, took first place.
Brown was the only man to walk the runway on Sunday.
Money raised from entries and a silent auction will be donated to the NCES and to WaterAid.
The event was hosted by Birch and Lace.