Earth Day Contest Seeks Finest in Trashy Fashion


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

April 7, 2004

Earth Day Contest Seeks Finest in Trashy Fashion

On April 24, Fairfax County youth will have a chance to try their hand at making high fashion couture from items that otherwise would have been thrown away or recycled such as newspapers, old socks, grocery bags or bubble-wrap. The trash fashion contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, in conjunction with the Fairfax County Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration.

The fashion contest highlights the fact that household products can have more than one use and can be recycled and reworked into something practical. Contest entry forms can be found on the Internet at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling. Completed entry forms can be brought to the event, sent via fax to 703-324-3949 or sent via e-mail to Meredith.Eisenberg@fairfaxcounty.gov. There is no cost to enter the fashion contest.

Gift certificates for $50 will be awarded to the winning entry in each of three age categories: tiny tot (under 5), children (5 - 12) and teen (12 - 17). All other entrants will receive a special Earth Day t-shirt. “The Trash Fashion contest provides a fun way to educate the community about reuse and recycling and that fun things can be made from recycled materials,” says Pamela Gratton, manager of the county’s recycling program.

The contest will be held immediately after the second showing of the Pulp Fashion shows, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Pulp Fashion shows feature a growing collection of beautiful and whimsical garments all made from recycled and reused materials ranging from junk-mail and bubble-wrap to rusty nails. The Pulp Fashion show originated in New Mexico, but has traveled extensively throughout the United States and features outfits such as: the Recycling Fiesta, a Carmen Miranda-style dress made from Target bags; and the Green Thumb, a shirt and skirt made from plastic compost bags and earrings, belt, necklace and hat made from an old pot, plant identification stakes, an old hose and plastic plant holders.

For more information on the Trash Fashion contest or the Pulp Fashion show, contact Meredith Eisenberg at 703-324-5313, TTY 711 or via e-mail at Meredith.Eisenberg@fairfaxcounty.gov.


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