30 days & ways to greater green – Day 6 (One [Wo]man’s Trash)

For those who are just logging on, my 30 day pledge to myself (and all my followers) to celebrate Earth Month is to blog each day about tips, tastes  & to-do’s that anyone can do to make their life greater & greener. With that in mind, I’m definitely including as many inspiring pledges [either to commemorate Earth day or an everyday commitment] that ask us to be green and be greater. 

I’m consistently amazed & impressed with folks that take an obvious object and make it something entirely unexpected, all while making their niche in the world, greater & greener. So, on that note, my blog today is a tribute to artist & educator, Nancy Judd, whose Recycled Runway Couture will leave you in awe and will definitely give you pause as you see the next life of one woman’s trash become an absolute treasure.

I just got a preview of Nancy’s new Recycle Runway exhibit that will grace the Atlanta International Airport starting this month through 2012. Eighteen of her fashions will be displayed in nine cases located throughout international Concourse E. Between 10-13 million people are expected to pass through the terminal during this year long exhibition! If you’re not going to be traipsing through ATL any point soon, I suggest you check out her website and keep posted to see when one of her exhibits comes to your neck o’ the woods.

In the meantime, here’s a little snippet on a really cool dress that makes the most out of over 2,000 pledges made by kids to be more green.

Youth Eco-Dress

Made by 2,000 children out of recycled office paper!

During Nancy’s youth presentations about recycling and the environment, she asks the kids write their names and something that they would do to help the environment on a strip of recycled paper. These eco-pledges were turned into long paper link chains to cover the dress.The base of the dress is made of discarded sheets from the historic La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM, dyed sage green. The garment has two petty coats made from these same sheets as well as old table cloths. A four layered hoopskirt supports the two petty coats, the dress and the chains made from the pledges. The wire in the hoopskirt came from the frames used for yard signs during the Obama campaign. Before the pledges were made into the chains, each one was adhered to the white table cloths (also used in the petty coats) to assure that the chains do not get crushed over time. Completed in 2011.

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