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From Truckee trash to fashion

Amory Harris
Special to the Sun

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The talented young designers of Truckee High School’s Envirolution Club will unveil their new line of earth-friendly clothing at the Village at Squaw Valley’s Earth Day celebration, April 18, 3 p.m. in the Main Events Plaza. The Trashion Show will feature glamorous outfits and exciting fashions, all created from recycled products that would have otherwise been buried in local landfills.

The Envirolution Club has been working hard to spread the message that trash is toxic, and if reused properly can be super cute! Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups yearly, 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, enough glass bottles and jars to fill the two skyscrapers every two weeks, and 40 billion soft drink cans and bottles. If you put these bottles and cans end to end, they would stretch from the Earth to the moon 20 times.

If 84 percent of all the waste from a typical home is recyclable, then why don’t we recycle it? If every single American recycled just one tenth of our newspapers, we could save 25 million trees a year.

We, as a nation and as part of the world community need to think before we throw away a soda can or newspaper. The Envirolution Club wants to inform the community of ways to reuse the things we would have otherwise thrown away to make something useful and fashionable. Inspired by last year’s Earth Day Haute Trash show, the Trashion Show is the culmination of a year of preparation, including collecting materials and coming up with design concepts. Club members have been to the auto-wrecking yard in Reno and collected materials from neighbors and friends in order to create earth-friendly dresses. Materials such as Safeway bags, used playing cards, and donated banners from local events and ski areas are now everything from cocktail dresses to mini shorts.

Members of the Envirolution Club hope their entertaining presentation at the Earth Day festival at the Village at Squaw Valley will demonstrate the beauty of the three R’s; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! In celebration of this year’s Earth Day theme “Living Local,” the club owes a special thanks to all the locals who have supported this important endeavor: Artists Kahlil Johnson and Alanna from Riverside studios for pattern-making lessons, inspiration and the invaluable use of their studio; Justin at Real Graphics for banner donations, Andrea Wolhof-Grisham and Chris Hinkel at Organize 2 Live Green for collection and design support, Christine McMorrow and Missy Mohler from Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP) for guidance and support with the Envirolution Club and this entire project, Nichole Dorr with the Town of Truckee’s recycling program and the whole Earth Day Committee. See you at the Earth Day festivities at Squaw Valley on April 18. Visit http://tahoetruckeeearthday.org.