At the annual Trashion Show held on Saturday 13 July, discarded cans, defunct fans, torn magazines and abandoned coffee cups took on a new life at the hands of creative eco-conscious students intent on standing out on the ramp. Bottle tops and bubble wrap burst out of buses that had trundled all the way from Impendle, Ixopo and Amanzimtoti, bearing excited trashionistas. The Khazimula Marimba Band wearing funky pet food waistcoats welcomed them with lively beats.
The show enables learners who do not have spare money to spend on materials, to explore their design skills, express their creativity and shine – the suburban kids use more yoghurt tubs, the farm kids make the most of horse feed bags and the township kids collect chip packets and sweet wrappers for their costumes.
Great fun was had by everyone!
The Trashion Show is powered by volunteers of the creative, conscious Midlands community - making costumes, transporting kids, cutting sandwiches, judging, donating prizes. Financial support towards costs comes from Dargle Conservancy, Water Explorer, E’Yako Green, Mpophomeni Conservation Group and Midlands Meander Education Project.
Recycled, reusable, low waste prizes were sponsored by E'Yako Green, Consol, PinkCare, Meriel Mitchell, Mish Mash, The Green Needle, Afribag, Bear Neccessities, Steampunk Coffee, Rondavel Soap, Singakwenza.
Thanks to Guy McGowan for the photos - and Barry Downard, Charlene Russell, Bridget Ringdahl, Nikki Brighton, Karen Zunckel, Garth Johnstone for their contributions too.
News supplied by Dargle Conservancy.