When I hear the term “recycled fashion,” I automatically think of hand-me-downs and thrift shop threads. And in a way, recycled fashion is just that.
In fact, according to The Council for Textile Recycling, about 2.5 billion pounds of fabric would be thrown away if it weren’t for consignment stores.
Fashion comes at a price — an environmental price that consumers often forget about when they eye a pair of stilettos or splurge on a designer bag.
In light of current environmental conditions, the definition of “recycled fashion” has expanded to include clothing that is actually made from materials that would otherwise be thrown into the garbage or recycled.
Inspired and creative designers across the globe are starting to use the materials they would normally throw away to create whimsical pieces of clothing that make a social and environmental statement.
The Second Annual Los Alamos Trash Fashion Contest will make exactly this statement at the Next Big Idea Festival on Sept. 14. The show will take place at noon at the roundabout by Pet Pangaea.
The contest is open to people of all ages, who may enter an eye-catching garment that is made of at least 75 percent recycled or reused materials.