First Annual Trashion Show: Clean beaches and a great time

By on April 24, 2019

High winds and and a threat of storms has changed the date.

High winds and and a threat of storms have changed the date.

Trash is many things, but a fashion item? We’ll find out May 17 at 5 p.m. at the Outer Banks Brewing Station.

Storms forced a postponement Friday.

The concept for the First Annual Outer Banks Trashion Show seems simple enough. Go to the beach, gather up some trash and make a fashion statement.

The show is the brainchild of Outer Banks Mom blogger Audra Krieg and Mandy Harlowe of Heart of Harlowe.

“We were talking about events that we have seen other coastal towns do to support the local environment that are quirky and fun and decided we would love to have one here,” Krieg said.

“We started putting the idea together in January over coffee at Waveriders,” she added.

As the idea came together, Harlowe knew what they wanted to do would work.

“I’m a wedding planner,” she said. “We were just going to do it.”

Here’s how it will work:

A group, company or organization pays an entree fee — $100 in this case — and spends a day or two cleaning up the beach. Gather all that trash together, look it over and somehow create a fashion item or two.

And then a model gets to walk the runway at the Brewing Station … and be judged.

“I will be looking for originality in designs while keeping things current and realistic,” judge Rheanne Byrd of Honey and Hive said. “Also, I’m looking for personality in the models.”

Fellow judge Marty Facenda of Zen & Zip agreed, adding, “I’m also considering who collected the most trash … The creativity in putting it together. Whether it’s a unique piece.”

When all the fees are collected, everything goes to the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

With its long history of working with wide variety of organizations and constituents on environmental issues, the Coastal Federation has become an important part of the health of the Outer Banks environment. Projects include creating living shorelines, oyster reef restoration and coastline cleanup.

“The North Carolina Coastal Federation was suggested to me by April Peters … who has worked with NCCF before and mentioned how great they were,” Krieg said.

“We’re very excited that they are using this creative way to reduce the waste on our beaches. They’re doing it in a fun and creative way,” Erin Fleckenstein, manager of the Coastal Federation Northeast Regional Office in Wanchese, said.

Although it is a fun way to draw attention to keeping Outer Banks beaches clean, Krieg says there is a larger purpose to it.

“I want our coastline to stay healthy for future generations,” she said. “I’d love my children to grow up and raise their own families here, and that requires a coastline that is nurtured and cleaned regularly … If our beaches are dirty and have trash all over them then our local economy will suffer. It benefits all of us to have clean beaches.”

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