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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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One Person's Trash is Another Person's Fashion Show

How many students have looked at a pile of recyclables and thought of the many different outfits they could make with those bags, papers, and bottles?

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, the Student Association will be holding a fashion show with a twist. All of the outfits worn must be made of reused, reusable and recyclable items. This leaves students free to run with their imaginations so long as the outfit is clean and safe, free of jagged edges, and also covering all private areas.

"We thought that a fashion show featuring outfits made out of recyclable items, as well as outfits from reused clothing stores such as Plato's Closet, would be a fun way to encourage people to recycle their trash," said Emily Gibson, a junior communication major and the student representative in the communication and outreach subcommittee of the environmental stewardship committee.

The Passion for Eco-Fashion is not just an excuse to get dolled up in old beer cases and duct-tape; it is also a competition among SA clubs with cash prizes for the top three entries.

"A recycled fashion show is a nice kick off to Recylcemania, the competition amongst colleges and universities to see who can recycle the most," Gibson said, "We hope that students will learn what is recyclable, that they will start thinking about recycling when they are disposing their trash."

The fashion show is on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. until around 2 p.m. in the Student Union lobby. The sign-up period is ending soon, so any clubs interested can e-mail Gibson at egibson@buffalo.edu by Friday. Students not participating are encouraged to come and see the wacky, creative and daring outfits that the participating clubs have put together.

"We hope to convey not only the importance of acting in an environmentally responsible way, but also that it can be easy and fun," Gibson said. "Creating and seeing crazy outfits made out of recyclables at a fashion show is a great way of demonstrating this message."

Whether students want to cheer on their friends, strut their stuff on the runway, or simply enjoy the free food that will be provided, everyone is welcome to come by and witness the Passion for Eco-Fashion.

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