It’s that time of year again! Now in its 5th year, the Hartford Trashion Fashion Show will be taking over Hartford City Hall next Sunday, April 19th to celebrate Earth Day, the arrival of Spring, and educate onlookers about sustainability.
It’s always a great time, with gorgeous upcycled runway fashion. I’m happy to be vending for my fourth year!
I will have plenty of my 100% natural sugar & salt scrubs, bath salts, lip & body balms, face masks, and more available during and after the show inside City Hall, but don’t miss the Earth Day Eco Market happening outside!
I’ve been lucky enough to vend at the past two shows, but this year will be a little different. I will be teaching a demonstration on how to make your own sugar scrubs and have tons of info about some of the toxic chemicals you can find in your brand-name cosmetics. Did you see my article on the Evergreen Design Co. blog?
I am so pumped to see this year’s trashion fashion! It keeps getting better and better every year!
True story: when I was younger, my dad used to make us go out on Earth Day and pick up trash in the neighborhood. We’d be out there for a few hours, and it was amazing how much we would pick up. It’s another cherished family tradition I have, and it gave me real respect for our planet. We only made a small difference, but it was a difference nonetheless.
This year, I’m traveling to North Carolina for a business trip, so I won’t be picking up trash, but I did go to the Trashion Fashion Show again! It’s truly incredible what can be created with items we’d normally just chuck in the garbage — paper plates, straws, gum wrappers, tissue paper, newspaper, etc. A snapshot of the “grand finale” of designs:
I am excited to be vending at the 3rd Annual Trashion Fashion Show! I had so much fun last year — the outfits were just incredible. I can’t wait to see what the sustainable fashion designers have cooked up this year. Here are the details:
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, 6pm – 9pm Where: Hartford City Hall: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT Who: Over 20 local artists, students, and designers, including students from The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Hall High in West Hartford. Trashion models are dancers, students, professionals, and a few area celebrities — catch Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra wearing a Trashion tie down the runway! Plus, shop and play with over 20 eco-friendly vendors and presenters, including Hartford Prints, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Poor & Pretty, and more. Pick up seedlings planted in egg shells by students at The Sustainable Farm School. What? The Trashion Fashion Show is so much more than a celebration of Earth Day. This is a community-driven effort to promote environmental awareness and the Hartford area arts scene. How much? Suggested donation is $15. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for local children who attend The Sustainable Farm School. Get tickets here.
Still not really sure what “trashion fashion” is? Here are a few outfits from previous years, designed by sustainable fashion designer Rachel DeCavage, owner of sugarplum USA and the non-profit Evergreen Design Co.:
So it wasn’t technically Earth Day yesterday, but it felt like it! Yesterday was the 2nd Annual Trashion Fashion Show, held at ArtSpace in Hartford, Ct and hosted by Evergreen Design Co. It was simply wonderful! There was so much inspiring energy in that one room, filled with people who care about our planet and are doing creative things to lessen their carbon footprint.
The main event, of course, was the trashion runway. Dozens of girls dressed in clothing made from recycled materials, handmade by local fashion designers.
These dresses were made with things you’d never think to use to create clothing — recycled gum packaging, plastic bags, duct tape, paper cups and plates, straws, and even an old blow-up pool. Of course, these aren’t dresses you’d normally wear around the house or to work, but it illustrates the point that we can all be more sustainable about our clothing choices, whether it means purchasing pre-worn items from consignment stores or buying American indie-made to support our local communities.
My booth was a hit. I met a lot of really great people who loved the idea of a cupcake soap, and couldn’t stop sniffing my Jars of Frosting!
The Trashion Show was such a great event — I’ll absolutely be back next year! I even learned a little about sustainable gardening and got to bring home these herb seedlings, potted in egg shells:
Stan and I have a little ledge at our new apartment, where I’m hoping to be able to have a little herb garden, so these are a great start!
What are you doing for Earth Day?
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