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Used Materials Re-outfitted at Recycled Fashion Show

April 22, 2010

Category: Environmental Science, Events, Students


Recycled Fashion ShowTheir outfits were made of Hershey Kisses wrappers, Styrofoam packing peanuts, bubble wrap, tinfoil, old record albums and used CDs and DVDs, but the models sported them with pride and wide smiles.

The five outfits were entries in Catawba College's annual Recycled Fashion Show, sponsored by student organization Environment Catawba Outreach and held April 21 in the Cannon Student Center.

The first place outfit was created and modeled by Sarah Moore of Mocksville. Moore called her creation "Beach Day" and used aluminum, newspaper and plastic bags to construct it. Second place was a Glenda, the Good Witch of the Earth outfit created by Erin Blalock of Denver out of materials she recovered from all over campus, including bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and stars fashioned from cereal boxes and covered with candy wrappers. The third place creation was crafted by Claire Robinson of Houston, Texas, and modeled by Annabelle Prince of Charlotte. Robinson's inspiration were warm spring days and clear blue skies and used pages from old issues of Time Magazine, a white garbage bag, green plastic Sprite bottles for accessories, and packing tape. The winners received gift certificates to area businesses.

Recycled Fashion ShowOther contestants included June McDowell of Dallastown, Pa., sporting a Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz outfit that featured ruby red slippers covered with red foil from handfuls of Valentine's Day Hershey Kisses, and Faron Brazis of Salisbury, wearing a creation she dubbed "The Sound," designed by re-purposing used CDs and DVDs.

Emcee Kendrick Mayes, a Catawba junior from Fayetteville introduced the outfits and their models. He also laid out the dos and don'ts the contestants had to follow. The clothing modeled must have been made from recycled materials and should have been held together by adhesives or tape, staples or thread. The don'ts included not covering or using pre-existing clothing, not using fresh items as materials, or not buying materials to make an outfit.

ECO is the campus environment club. It strives to educate and encourage the Catawba community and the local region to be good stewards of our planet by promoting environmentally sound habits and techniques. ECO works closely with the Center for the Environment and other clubs on campus to raise environmental awareness and planEvents and community service opportunities. Membership is open to all students. The 2009-2010 president of ECO is Sarah Robinson of Cartersville, Va. Faculty advisor for the organization is Dr. Sue Calcagni.


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