I don’t know about you, but it takes about a week before my mail box is bursting full of direct mail advertising, coupons, promotions and notices. If you’re wondering what else you can do besides dumping them all in the recycle bin, take a page out of designer Nancy Judd’s book. Here she fashioned a dress out of catalogues, solicitations and newspaper ads, covered vintage shoes in old postage stamps and made origami earrings. This collection took 200 hours to make.
Former Levi Strauss and Dockers designer, Gary Harvey, created this dress from cans, bottle tops and cardboard boxes.
How about turning cigarette butts into clothing? Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero came up with this idea when she was working on her thesis. Guerrero puts the cigarette butts through a purification process before shredding them to be woven into yarn. The residue from the purification process is donated for testing for a biological insecticide.
Aaron Chang designed this line of swimwear out of plastic soda bottles for Urban Outfitters.
The good news is that this kind of fashion is becoming more and more popular and events like the Trash to Fashion Awards, held in New Zealand every year, is giving designers the recognition they deserve. See also: Trash Fashion Design Awards, Haute Trash and Windfall Ecology Centre’s Trash Fashion Show.