Apr 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Print View
In the right hands, anything can be made a fashion statement. Even trash.
At least, that’s what the creatives behind Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) ReStore’s Recycle Gala believe.
Now in its fifth year, the event hosted by CVHFH and the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors (CRAAR) on April 20 will showcase just how creative designers — including members of CRAAR as well as the general public — can get with unique and imaginative outfits made from items diverted from the landfill.
Clothing and accessories for the “trashion show” must be designed with at least one item from the ReStore and in years past, have been made with coffee filters, plastic bags, dryer sheets, siding material, shutters, chicken wire and more.
“There are some pretty creative people out there,” said Deb Winter, chair of CVHFH’s construction committee and regular designer for Patti Kunz, CVHFH’s director of development, and CVHFH’s executive director Jeff Capps.
This year Winter plans to design a dress and vest from signage from last year’s three-day Home Builders Blitz, but in years past she’s designed outfits from empty Capri Sun juice containers, seat belt webbing, and carpet padding, she said.
The event’s theme fits directly with the ReStore’s mission to redirect reusable items from the landfill. In fact, in the last year alone, the ReStore has diverted more than 470 tons of trash, CVHFH’s Communications Manager Jonny Lipford said. But, as much as they divert, they are not a recycling center, he reminded.
“ReStore is a perpetual fundraiser for Habitat,” he explained. “We sell reusable items to raise money to build homes. So we don’t take unusable goods. It has to have some life left in it to be resealable.”
Since CVHFH opened in 1988, they’ve built 142 homes and are currently in the process of building two more, Kunz…