TAG: Couture

Pretentious Packaging

Pretentious Packaging

Food packaging is sometimes an evil necessity. It is certainly helpful in keeping food and beverage items safe while traveling and free from contaminants until purchased. However, cardboard and plastic packaging in particular are responsible for tons of waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2008 in the U.S. alone there were 1,170 thousand tons of bags and sacks generated, with only 440 thousand tons of this recovered in recycling efforts. Milk cartons accounted for 490 thousand tons of packaging waste, with none recaptured. The total production numbers from this year for paper and paperboard containers… read more

High Fashion Gowns Made from Recyclables


Up-cycled fashion is making its way from DIY street wear to upscale runways and fashion exhibitions. Recycled Runway, which embodies a collection of “Eco-trash Couture”, forgoes chemically treated and new stock fabrics, instead using discarded materials to create elegant gowns. The project is headed by Nancy Judd, a public artist, speaker, and environmentalist.   Using unconventional items in place of fabric has more advantages than waste reduction. The materials themselves influence the design of the dress, creating distinctive shapes that give the gowns their flare and individuality. A good example of this is the “Junk Mail Fan Dress”, whose defining… read more