Eco Fashion Friday,Trashfusion!

April 15, 2011 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

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Our recycling (up cycling) fashion  show,Trashfusion, was a big success last year. If you happen to have missed it last year (tragic) or want to know more info about what inspires us and how to get involved, here is our story:

TF Design Contest is about Reducing – Reusing – Recycling…a transformation of art and fashion using re purposed and natural materials rather than toxic ones.

Our collaborative focus and mandate are to entertain, educate and to motivate communities towards creativity and fashion alternatives for positive change… for a greener planet. We encourage communities to step outside of the box to experience the evolution of an Eco-Haute Couture presentation. We focus on environmentally friendly practices and eco initiatives through awareness, education, experience and support.

Trash Fusion was established and founded by In House Productions in 2010, a Canadian production company whose focus and mandate is to entertain, educate and offer a sustainable and alternate vision at life through art.

Ihp (In House Productions) is a collective of enthusiastic partner coordinators, volunteers, corporations and government organizations who work in communities to foster sustainable futures. We do this through experiential presentations. Our focus is to inspire through arts and cultural presentations, to share and to learn.

-Doug Pettigrew

In 2011 Trashfuion is being coordinated by Kanita Sichantha. Kanita  is an advocate for self esteem and is the owner of  SG Sinchantha Group and FLARE TALET.

She had enrolled in the Humber College Business School for Fashion Arts and has been in the fashion, entertainment, and self-enhancement industry for the last 11 years. She brings her extensive knowledge and experience from previous projects such as fashion shows, concerts, event productions, workshop and program development.

Her passion for building positive self esteem and self image has lead her to create and founded I am ME, a campaign to cure low self esteem in 2010. A proud new mom, a wife and a business owner; Kanita is excited to be a part of a team whose mandate is towards a positive, greener change effecting many generations to come.

We won’t accept any old entries for this contest, here are our rules and regulations:

  1. We welcome all community members, professional and non-professional designers, artists, university and college students, intermediate and secondary school design individuals and groups
  2. All contestants must demonstrate environmentally friendly practices and showcase eco initiatives
  3. Entrants must provide their own model, make-up artist & hair stylist
  4. Entrants are required to sign a promotional waiver before the date of the event
  5. Entrants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian consent signed
  6. Please provide your own transportation
  7. Rehearsals / fittings will be mandatory

What do we consider ‘eco friendly practices?’

ETHICHALLY PRODUCED – Ethical fashion is fashion that has been produced with respect for people and the environment. Although there are existing certifications for Organic and Fair Trade, we want to encourage people who are taking significant action but may not qualify for certification.

RECYCLED – Reclaimed, Recycled or Repurposed materials, from existing materials, fabrics, metals or fibres. Often reclaimed from previously made clothing, accessories to rework into new. Repurposed from pre-existing fabrics, re-spun and reused for new garments.

VINTAGE/SECOND HAND – Vintage is a generic term for new or second hand garments created in the period from the 1920’s to 1975. However, the term is often used more generally for second-hand clothes or up-cycled clothes (second-hand clothes that have been given a new life through some sort of customization).

ORGANIC – Natural fibres that have been grown without any pesticides and other toxic materials, preserving the health of humans

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and the environment. The process of organic growth can be certified by various organizations.

CRAFT/ARTISAN – Products that have been crafted using artisan skills such as embroidery, which preserve the perpetuation of ancestral traditions.

ECO-HAUTE COUTURE/CUSTOM – This encourages quality and a unique “one of a kind” design that uses environmentally friendly practices.

ANIMAL FREE/CRUELTY FREE – Involving no animal testing or unjust labour practices.

MATERIAL WASTE REDUCTION – During production, we encourage less fabric and material wastage as possible in cutting and sewing process.

Think you have what it takes to bring awareness to the issues that fashion face AND take home a cash prize? Here is how to enter:

*** Last Day to Register for Ecofest Barrie is May 5th. ***

Submit your sketch/photo and 200 word description of your design to

There is no fee to register
Upon entry, you must provide the following:

  • Full Name
  • Contact Information (Telephone Number, Cellular & Email Address)
  • Event Name & Date
  • Individual or Group/Team Entry (if Group/Team, list names)
  • Design Sketch/Photo – Must be clear
  • 200 Word Description of Design
  • Past Entries (if yes, which event)

To qualify, we will be conducting a telephone interview process with all entrants.
Acceptance letters are sent via email informing next steps

Prizes are: $500 first place $250 second place $150 3rd place.

If you can’t make it to Ecofest Barrie this year for Trashfusion, check out Ecofest Peterborough  –  September 21, 2011.


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