As a general populace, we have not been the best stewards of our planet. We have polluted our soil, our air, and our water with industrial output and waste products. The amount of trash generated per capita is on the rise, and we believe this trend needs to be reversed.
Garbage Gone Glam’s mission is to raise awareness of environmental and health issues facing our “throwaway” society. Through fashion shows, environmental expositions, and other events we draw attention to the volume and variety of trash thrown away every day. Garbage Gone Glam has made appearances all across the country, partnering with schools, non-profits, small and large businesses, sustainability departments, and charities. We aim to inspire a little change in the lives of our audiences and those who join our mission.
The concept of Garbage Gone Glam was created by Kristen Alyce in 2008. Inspired by a genuine desire to raise environmental awareness in an innovative way, Kristen fashioned her first dress entirely out of fashion magazines and plastic bags. Being a true artist, Kristen knew her collection of Vogue & Elle magazines along with large amounts of plastic grocery bags could be put to use again. People around her thought it was an extremely creative idea and so it began evolving. A couch made of water bottles, a men’s suit out of newspaper, bowls and decorative trees out of old magazines all became realities. Each new item raises the awareness of the sheer volume of that material that goes into landfills, and the fact that we could simply give this garbage a new life truly inspired this young woman to make a change. The first Garbage Gone Glam (GGG) fashion show was held October 3, 2009 in West Palm Beach drawing in over 500 attendees to the event. Today, each event brings something new to people's attention continuing to draw a major crowd no matter where, what, who, or when. The idea has caught on!
The fashion line originally began as an effort to raise environmental awareness in the fashion world. Today the fashion line not only fulfills its original purpose of inspiring others to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but has also come to provide an entirely new marketing niche for forward thinking and environmentally conscious corporations. Advertising packages are now available that permit corporations to partner with GGG and to use their byproducts in an original fashion design to promote both brand and environmental awareness.
We are made up of hundreds of people by now. Creatives, writers, designers, green advocates, marketeers, and amazing volunteers spending their time contributing to make Glam events successful. Each event we participate in or produce truly symbolizes the beauty of people working together for the good of the planet and for the good of each other. We want to inspire a little change in individual lives adding to a much bigger picture. Thank you to all who have participated in the past... and thank you to all who will continue to support Garbage Gone Glam and the future of our planet.