Turning waste into trendy trashion

It’s called ‘trashion’ – fashion clothing and jewellery made out of old paper, metal and plastic – and it could help in the war against waste.

Desirable designs from waste paper. Blessed Nkosi from Bulawayo made the ‘discarded to divine’ dress.
Desirable designs from waste paper. Blessed Nkosi from Bulawayo made the ‘discarded to divine’ dress.

The Proudly Zimbabwean Trust has launched a campaign against dumping of waste, but rather than simply being a clean-up campaign, the materials collected will be transformed from debris to desirable.

The trust says it wants designers to make paper clothes and, as a motivation, is holding a Trashion Show on November 29 at the Harare International School in Mount Pleasant. It will be a showcase for paper clothes and metal and plastic jewellery.

Nine top-class designers have registered for the competition and many more are expected to indicate their interest in the showcase.

“The aim is to motivate the fashion industry to put waste to new use through turning it into designer fashions,” said the executive trustee, Fungai Chiposi. “Through the competition, future generations of clothing designers and others will help provide solutions to irresponsible littering. It is everybody’s obligation to think and behave responsibly when disposing of litter.”

The event will not only showcase the immense local talent transforming what people regard as waste into fashion items, but will also send signals to residents about the need to regard litter as a valuable resource.

Swift and Edgars will be the major sponsors of the showcase.

Colin Ratisai, a fashion designer and coordinator for the competition, urged designers to come up with show-stopping creations.

“We encourage participating designers to fully exploit their techniques and weaving expertise to produce ready-to-wear clothing out of ordinary waste,” said Ratisai.

To bring the anti-litter campaign to households, the Trust intends to start segregating litter at source, by supplying families with three refuse bins each, and will have a waste recycling plant up and running by the end of next year.

The Trust also plans to produce irrigation pipes out of waste.

Businesswoman Mary Wazara is among the champions of the litter recycling and waste management. Her company contributes towards the national clean-up exercise by buying collected litter from residents for recycling.

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