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April 2013 News Releases

Photo Opportunity: Washburn celebrates Earth Day with Trashion Show 2 p.m. today

The Ichabod Shop and Mabee Library are sponsoring "Junk to Funk" Earth Day Events today through April 30.

In addition to focusing on the importance of recycling, "Junk to Funk" is another way of showcasing the campus' work and creative leadership in getting the word out to the community on the importance of environmental stewardship.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entrants in each category. Prizes provided by the Ichabod Shop and Mabee Library.

"Junk to Funk" is open to all faculty, staff and students of Washburn University and Washburn Tech. We will have three fun categories that that you can enter your upcycled creations. All creations must contain 51 percent recycled materials:

  • Trashion Show 2:00 p.m. Memorial Union Food Court Stage
    May or may not be limited to clothing made from recycled items or upcycled from existing clothing. Judging criteria—stylishness, imagination, fit/color/overall appearance, & audience approval. Entrants will model or provide a model for their creations. Pieces must be durable for wear in a fashion show. Entrants are encouraged to design & create apparel made completely from recyclable or other material that would have been otherwise sent to a landfill.The outfit must consist of 51 percent second-hand clothing, which may be altered with new or second hand-items such as buttons, appliques, embroidery and similar ornamentation. Clothing may also incorporate household or office items that might otherwise be thrown away.
  • UpCycled Art
    Must contain at least 51 percent post-consumer material. Post-consumer recycled material is defined as material that has been previously used by a consumer and is being recycled into the art object for the contest. More than one post-consumer recycled material can be used in the art object submitted for the contest.
    Students must use materials that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill. No perishable items are allowed. Suggested materials include metal, paper, rubber, plastic, cloth or glass. Non-recyclable fasteners such as glue and tape are permitted. Please make sure all items are stable. Size is limited to what can fit in through the front doors of Mabee Library.
  • Anything Goes (Reusable Item)
    May include but not limited to handbags, wallets, rugs, housewares, quilts, tools, jewelry, etc. and must be made with 51 percent recycled materials. Items in this category should have a purpose or function so that it can be used over and over again.

Winners of all three categories will be announced at the conclusion of the Trashion Show in the Memorial Union Food Court Stage at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. All submissions for UpCycled Art and Anything Goes categories will be on display through April 30.


Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153
Lori Rognlie, Mabee Library, 785-670-1986