What is Trashion?

Trashion is a fun way to use art to create awareness, wrapping serious messaging in an arresting collection of consumer waste creations. Our project brings local artists into schools to show how they find, handle, and shape these materials, transforming them from waste into something amazing. Clothes and accessories are created from used e-waste, packaging, and plastic debris to make fashion statements which really mean something!​

Our Pilot Project

In 2018 our pilot project is working with the teachers and students at two specially selected high schools to explore waste in the two industries teenagers are most obsessed with – fashion and food.

Mash It Up! teaches teenagers to look at waste and see potential resources. It also illustrates how digital media and communications tools can be used to change the world.

Just as their favourite brands refine their marketing strategies to reach their consumers, the next generation can now use the same tools to talk back to the big brands.

Armed with the experience of making videos, using props and sets, creating artwork for posters and programs, contacting the media with press releases and digital assets, our Trashionistas are becoming empowered to take their message to the world.

They are learning to analyse their favourite brands, research supply chains, and discover better ways of doing things by re-using and even eliminating waste at school and at home.

This year we have introduced the students to some awesome mentors, including the artist Angela Van Boxtel, famous for her regenerated knitware and crochet; swimwear designer and fashion lecturer Pirra Griffiths; and resourceful set and costume designer Imogen Ross.

We’ve been blown away by the result of the many hours of collecting, re-thinking and transforming the waste around their schools and communities which culminated in their trashion parades at the Youth Eco Summit on September 4th 2018.

Students and staff have reported big changes in behaviour and attitude which is the whole point of Mash It Up! The medium really is the message.



What Do We Provide To Schools?

  • DVD of the original multi-award winning documentary film – WASTE NOT
  • A timeline for the projects culminating in participation at Youth Eco Summit in early September at Sydney Olympic Park with panels of sports, fashion and food industry luminaries giving feedback in breakout sessions. https://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/Education/Events/Youth-Eco-Summit-Secondary-Schools
  • Study guides with activities, research ideas, links and a film screening list
  • Workshops for How to Fashion Trashion from paper, plastic and food waste, electronic waste, pre-loved textiles, with artists such as Angela van Boxtel, swim wear designer Pirra Griffiths, set designer Imogen Ross, activist Marina Debris, avant garde hair stylist Shaun McGrath etc
  • One Storytelling Workshop for Documenting their Project using phones, stills and video cameras and social media
  • Access to our mentors and brand allies
  • Collaboration with a professional documentary film tea