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Recycled Runway inspires local teens to create garments exclusively from found materials
The participants in Recycled Runway re-purpose thrown away items into chic fashion.
For the latest trends in fashion, some local students are looking no further than their own recycling bins.
Participants from middle and high school will send their designs across the stage of the Boulder Theater on April 12 in the seventh annual Recycled Runway fashion show. The profits of this year’s show will be donated to Blue Sky Bridge, a local child and family advocacy center.
A total of 26 competitors have been using the independent study workshop in the Common Threads Creative Lab to create garments made entirely from recycled materials for the show. Thread, glue and any kind of tape besides duct tape are the only non-recycled materials the participants are authorized to use.
“It’s fascinating what they come up with and what they use: keyboard keys, wires from phone cables and computer cables,” says Tanja Leonard, Common Threads Creative Lab mentor and director. “Your imagination is the limit to what [you] use.”
In the past, participants have used materials such as shredded paper, shopping bags and even their own math homework. In this arena of recycled fashion, as in the real world, trends come and go, encouraging the young designers to think creatively.