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A Sustainability Spectacular: Austin’s Trash-to-Treasure Fashion Show

This unique display of creativity features garments made from 90% recycled materials

Behind the scenes at a former Trash Makeover Challenge

Creativity abounds on Saturday as a collective of amateur and professional fashionistas will showcase their custom creations, all using at least 90% recycled materials for their garments. With a very splashy support of sustainability and eco-friendly fashion practices, this unique runway event will have attendees pondering “what are you wearing?!” instead of the infamous red carpet question, “who are you wearing?”.

In its thirteen year, the 2023 Trash Makeover Challenge will take place on Saturday, September 9 at the TDS Event Pavilion & Wildlife Ranch in southeast Austin. Doors open for guests to enjoy food and drinks at 5:30 p.m. before the fashion show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets raise funds for the Texas Campaign for the Environment, and start at $75.


2022 Trash Makeover Challenge (photo by Gabriela Harias)


(photo by Gabriela Harias)

“Past designers have used materials like over 900 Coca-Cola bottle caps made into a coat,” event organizers said in a statement, “over 600 fish scales made into a skirt, live ladybugs released onto the garment, plastic bags, dryer sheets and bubble wrap, just to name a few, in their one-of-a-kind creations.”

This year’s event celebrations a 1970s theme of Earth, Wind & Water, and designs will be judged based on how well they fit in with these three elements. Guests are also invited to embrace the spirit of the seventies in their own “groovy best” attire for the evening.

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