The GBSS Young Leaders' 'Green Scene' Fashion Show (2012)
The GBSS Young Leaders’ Green Scene Fashion Show – April 14th, 2012
“We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly."
- Clement of Alexandria
Apart from words the group decided to take action and show the public that saving this planet is no rocket science. Reducing, reusing and recycling, being a global theme, was used to help set the tone to show the general public that we can help save this planet and at the same time have clean, green fun. The contestants had the task of creating their outfits and they weren’t supposed to be just ordinary outfits since they were to be made from recycled/ reused materials. Reducing, reusing and recycling materials is an idea endorsed globally, since it aids in reducing the amount of green house gases that are released into the atmosphere. Materials such as plastic, news paper, aluminum foil paper among others were used.
According to Mike Biddle, president of MBA polymers, seven major types of plastic are found in consumer products, and recycling can extend the use of most of them. Recycling plastic requires only a tenth of the energy needed to create new plastic from raw materials. In addition reusing and recycling paper is significant in helping to save this planet since it conserves resources, prevents emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants and reduces the need for new landfills and incinerators. Research has shown that Paper products make up the largest component of garbage produced by Americans. The EPA estimates that of over 20 million personal computers discarded in 1998, only 13% were reused or recycled. Of those that were recycled, over 112 million pounds of valuable materials were recovered including steel, glass, plastic and precious metals."
The Green Scene show therefore, was in an effort to sensitize persons about how much value recycled/ reused materials possess and also to pass on ideas as to how persons can become creative and help to reduce and recycle many of the things we consider to be garbage. The Green Scene wasn’t only an innovative way of reusing materials but it was a way of showing an example in fine style. The contestants were beautifully adorned in outfits made from recycled/ reused materials and this, without a doubt had the audience in complete awe. After interviewing persons after the show the unanimous answer was that the show should be held annually. The Young Leaders group is of the firm belief that creativity is undoubtedly one of the ways in which we can help to take back our planet from the “tragedy path” that it’s headed into.
In having persons out of the school body participating in the event, the group also took the opportunity to share on the global phenomenon we are faced with. During the show there were presentations made which entertained persons but at the same time brought out the message that we need to get serious and act now to preserve or one and only planet Earth. At the end of the show, Ms Malisha Sharpe and Mr Neon Mark were announced ‘the winners of the fashion show.’ The pictures below show the winners, in their environmentally friendly wear.
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