Nineteen Manitoba students displayed their recycled material outfits on Saturday in a fashion show at St. Vital Centre as part of the first ever Eco Awareness Day and Recycled Material Fashion Fest.

A contest open to Manitoba students of all ages, students were asked to design and construct a wearable outfit made entirely from recycled blue box materials. The top submissions were chosen to be showcased at the Eco Awareness Day.

Over the last eight years, Take Pride Winnipeg! (Take Pride), and Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM), have led province wide initiatives to raise awareness and educate citizens of all ages in reducing, reusing and recycling. The Eco Awareness Day and Recycled Material Fashion Fest is the latest undertaking in their efforts. This program teaches students the value of recycling and reusing, but the ultimate intent is to educate students in reducing. Material reduction is an issue that is prominent in eco awareness, and MMSM and Take Pride have made it a priority to educate citizens in using less.

“We want to reach young people with the issues that are prominent and relevant, recycling and reusability are part of that, if there is a change in mentality in this regard in our young people, we will see a tangible difference in years to come”, said Tom Ethans, Executive Director of Take Pride Winnipeg!

“MMSM is always looking for fun creative ways to engage students and educate them about recycling. The Recycled Material Fashion Fest is a unique idea that encourages students to think outside the box while reusing and recycling materials that would otherwise be destined for landfill. Congratulations to all participants”, said Karen Melnychuk, Executive Director MMSM.

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