Models show off designs made of materials diverted from the landfill in an effort to showcase environmental awareness.
Nearly 450 people turned out for the fifth annual Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook Cook County (SWANCC) Trashy Fashion Show, held at the Skokie Holiday Inn, 5300 W. Touhy Ave, Thursday night. Forty-two designers decked out models in outfits made of 90 percent recycled materials such as plastic bags, pillow shams, newspapers, chip bags and packaging materials. The goal was to use creativity to show the importance of recycling and reusing. Earlier: Last year's Trashy Fashion Show The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County sponsored the event in recognition of America Recycles Day on Thursday. Get more info. Like Patch on Facebook
Models strut outfits made from juice pouches, dryer sheets and other objects that could have ended up in landfill.
The long-legged models striding down the runway Thursday wore original designs worthy of New York Fashion Week--but with a twist. To raise environmental awareness, local suburban designers created them all from candy wrappers, magazines, newspapers, crayon boxes, dryer sheets and other--well, trash. Mary Allen, recycling and education director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, said local designers and high school fashion students spent months designing and hand-making the often-whimsical confections. SWANCC organized the event as a way to encourage people to get creative about reusing and re-purposing to keep materials out of landfills. SWANCC, which is both a unit of government and a non-profit agency, coordinates …