When concert pianist Soyeon Lee performs at Carnegie Hall in February, her appearance marks a first...that a dress crafted entirely from garbage graces the stage! Made from 6,000 used and misprinted juice drink pouches - all cut into different size squares and mounted on to a silk taffeta lining into different patterns - Nina Valenti of naturevsfuture designed the green gown.
It is a key part of Re!nvented - a themed performance comprised of musical pieces that have also been reused, transcribed, or wholly revisited. "This dynamic collaboration is as avant-garde as it is socially responsible," explains Valenti who teamed up with TerraCycle, a line of worm poop plant foods, flower pots, bird feeders, composters and other eco-friendly products. "By changing the way people think about waste, we are challenging an entire society to take responsibility for what happens to their trash."
The idea for the drink pouch medium comes from TerraCycle's revolutionary collection fundraiser, the Drink Pouch Brigade. In conjunction with Honest Tea, they have set up locations across the country to collect used drink pouches - helping to divert some of the four billion non-recyclable pouches that clog America's landfills each year. Lined up back-to-back, those drink pouches would circle the globe over fifteen times...as part of the dress, they extend into dynamic flowing layers and a majestic train.
- Lesley Scott
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