The Best Fashion Show/Upcycling Party You Weren't Invited To

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The “trashy” designs that walked the runway at this fashion show in Nehalem, Ore., are sure to attract some attention. Organized by Cartm, a one-stop recycling center, resale store and waste transfer station, the show featured everything from shower curtains and compost bags to guitar strings and VHS tapes.

Read on to peep some of our favorite designs from Cartm’s second annual Trashion Show. You may be surprised to find out what they’re made from.

Photo: Cartm

Photo: Cartm

Paula Peek made her skirt from empty compost bags, previously used garden cloth and plastic air bag packaging. The “flower basket” is an orchid holder stuffed with old plastic flowers and used tissue wrapping paper.

Photo: Cartm

Photo: Cartm

Ten-year-old designer and model Mary Belisle created this Oceana Pacifica ensemble, inspired by her colorful fish-patterned shower curtain. It uses cloth strips from recycled shirts, old curtains, shower rings and grommets. Even her shoes are throwaways — upcycled by Belisle to resemble sparkly fish.

Photo: Cartm

Photo: Cartm

Aina Tonjes is wearing a self-made outfit, hand-crocheted entirely out of VHS tapes donated by her neighbors in Nehalem.

Photo: Cartm

Photo: Cartm

This dress is made from a discarded fireplace screen, old guitar strings and a kitchen-steamer basket collar. The look is accented with a metal trivet headband, guitar string earrings and bracelets made from old knitting needles.

Photo: Cartm

Photo: Cartm

Created by Kelly Benson, this design is made entirely from plastic grocery bags.

To see even more looks from the Trashion Show, visit Cartm online.

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
Mary Mazzoni