Junk to Funk is having its 5th year anniversary party, “Transformation”, on Feb 5th in Portland, Oregon. I wish I could be there for it, as it sounds amazing!
Join us for the Junk to Funk Trashion Collective’s 5th year anniversary party “Transformation” on Saturday, February 5th. This celebration will be a gallery installation showcase featuring new recycled fashion garments from our top “House of Trashion” and “Trashioneer” designers to provide a fun, new way to experience trashion off the runway; up close and personal. The event will also serve as the re-launch of the Junk to Funk Trashion Collective, highlighting our new programs and upcoming projects.
And for a bio of Lindsey Newkirk, the co-founder and ‘Chief Instigator’ of Junk to Funk, check it out this page.
Not sure where these people are from, but my friend Anand sent me this.
What a great way to reuse plastic bottles!
And I love the way these plastic bottles don’t just provide insulation – they also create pretty star patterns.
One of the Save My Oceans top five project entries is a plastic bag corset by Kiah B.
More photos of the corset can be viewed here.
Craftzine recently hosted a Save My Oceans contest, where participants submitted their upcycled plastic creations. Unfortunately I just found out about this contest, so it’s too late to enter. But each day this week, they’ll be highlighting one of the top five entries. And the Grand prize winner will be announced next Monday. I’ll be mentioning the top five creations as Craftzine posts them.
More plastic upcycling projects can be viewed at the Save My Oceans Flickr pool.
A 14-year-old Burlington, NJ resident turned 500 plastic bags into an evening gown. She modeled her dress at an Earth Fair and handed out reusable bags at the event.
You can read about it here.
Attention Florida residents:
Here’s a video contest based on creative ways to reuse and recycle plastic bags.
Two grand prize winners will each receive $1,500.
One winner will be selected from each of the following categories:
- fun ways plastic bags can be reused
- second-life uses for plastic bags
For more info, read this article or visit aBagsLife.com
Charles Ward, a resident of Matsumoto City in the Nagano Prefecture of Japan, has used manga to raise awareness of unnecessary waste. After biking across Japan as part of his activism campaign, he’s now promoting Fukurochan, a cute plastic bag comic strip character intended to encourage people to reduce the use of plastic bags. A full article about Charles Ward’s endeavors can be viewed here.
On my recent trip to Japan, I noticed that they have an extensive and complicated recycling system (which various from area to area). But I also noticed that with it’s craze for takeaway food, vending machine items, and pre-packaged meals…Japan also generates much more plastic waste than many counties.
One interesting thing about Japanese culture is that they have an intense fascination with all things “kawaii” (cute), which extends as far as giving faces to inanimate objects.
I think Charles Ward’s method of using cuteness to teach an ecological message in a way that is attractive to the Japanese is pretty genius.