Recyclable fashion to benefit reservoir

In fashion, one day you’re in and the next you’re out. However, recyclable fashion is always in style.

Somebody call Tim Gunn, because Keep the Rez Beautiful (KRB) is gearing up for its eighth annual Project Rezway, a recycling fashion fundraiser.

The event, which will take place on March 28, is designed to promote recycling and the importance of keeping the Pearl River and Ross Barnett Reservoir watersheds clean.

Proceeds from the event will be used for cleaning, greening, beautification and education outreach.

“It’s about reducing litter. It’s about getting people on board with recycling,” said Keep the Rez Beautiful Director Jeannine May.

The event has won national awards and has been recognized by Keep America Beautiful and Keep Mississippi Beautiful.

For the fashion show, designers are tasked with creating outfits primarily made of reusable, recyclable or repurposed items.

Just like the popular competition Project Runway, models will compete alongside the designers as they take on the runway in the new designs.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. The competition is open to people of all ages. Students, teachers and community members from Madison County, Northeast Jackson and Rankin County will compete.

The designs for this year are all unique, from “Rockaway Your Trash,” a design featuring a skirt made out of 100 recycled vinyl records, to “Can’t Buy Me Love,” a wedding dress made from recycled receipts to symbolize “the fleeting desires of man” and “our love for the wrong things.”

KRB and the Bill Waller Craft Center are partnering this year to introduce another competition, “Trash Re-imagined.” This will be an art competition for sculptures created from recyclable materials.

Doors will open for the competition at 6 p.m., and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Bill Waller Craft Center.

Tickets at the door are $10 for 13 years and older. For children 6 to 12 years old, tickets are $5. Children five and under get in free.


On Saturday, March 30, the art competition will continue.

This is when teams of students will begin assembling their outdoor art sculptures on site. Prizes will be awarded to student winners and their teacher sponsors for winning entries in each competition.

Now, it is up to the designers to make it work.


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