PUPILS at a school in Blackwood have remade old clothes with the help of a fashion designer.
Students from Libanus Primary School repurposed clothes they no longer wanted, then took to the catwalk, with a ‘trash-ion’ show to highlight the damaging effects the fast fashion industry can have on people. the environment.
Classmates were inspired by Cardiff-based designer and founder of Welsh clothing brand Sam Osborne, who visited during a fortnight earth-related activities held at the school to help mark World Earth Day Earth.
Students also read mother earth is crying by Claire Donald before working together to cut, sew, glue and embroider old clothes which were then worn by fifth and sixth graders during the “trash-ion” show.
Libanus Primary School principal Lily Egan, 10, said:
“We want people to think carefully about the clothes they buy and get the message across – buy less, reuse more, because the fewer items we buy, the less damage there will be to the environment.”
Head Boy James Vacariuc, 11, added: “This Earth Fortnight has been a great experience and has taught us the massive impact that fast fashion has on our environment.
“It was a great opportunity to develop my creativity, working with others to create a fashion show that uses only recycled materials and highlights how we can turn waste into fashion.”
During his visit, Mr Osborne explained to the children why he created his ethical clothing line, Make-Land, to inspire them.
Governor Carol Erasmus “really enjoyed” the fashion show and thanked everyone for their hard work.
“The most important thing is that the message about saving our planet has been understood, and I am very proud to be the Governor of Libanus Primary,” said Ms. Erasmus.
Headmaster Nicola Williams added: “It was a real joy to see the confident way our older students strutted down the catwalk in their trash-ion show.
“Using recycled materials to create their runway clothes was inspirational.”