By: Christina Motilall
It’s Friday night and like always you have NOTHING to wear. Searching through outfits, you know you want a dress, the perfect shoes, a matching purse, and cute jewelry. But how do you put that all together without spending a fortune for just one night?
Well, you could dig through your trash and recycling a bit.
That’s right. Everything you need for your perfect outfit is sitting right in your receptacles. Franklin Middle School students Bailey Nelson and Cassidy Donaldson proved this with their adorable and ingenious Eco-Outfit. Designed for the ‘Use it or Lose it!’ competition hosted by an EPA research laboratory in Oregon, the Eco-Outfit was made out of all post-consumer materials. Though, you wouldn’t know it from looking at it.
Bailey and Cassidy sewed a fun and fashionable dress out of an old slip, plastic bags, fabric scraps and more. The accompanying purse was fun and sturdy, sewn out of used juice pouches. Even the jewelry was in theme, made out of black wire, nuts and bolts, and pop can tabs. With careful planning and lots of creativity, these two fashionistas made an entire outfit that I think looks better than most the stuff on the runway today.
When asked why they decided to make this outfit for the Earth Day ‘upcycling’ competition, Bailey said, “As young women we want to be hip, fashion forward, modest, and express ourselves. By using recycled materials we use less money, save energy, and save things people would often throw away.”
There is no denying these two girls have the vision to help the world in a big way. They also show us that we can make a difference in how we view our ‘trash’ in everyday life, from arts and crafts to fashion. Though, in the end, Bailey modestly stated, “All we are are two 7th grade girls who want to make fashion eco-friendly.”
Hopefully we can all learn a lesson in sustainability from these two eco-designers.
About the author: Christina Motilall is an intern for the Office of Research and Development’s Science Communications Team.