Eco-fashion show at SFU Surrey

The Beyond the Bag Eco-Fashion Showcase at SFU Surrey on March 1 will feature fashions made from old street banners. -
The Beyond the Bag Eco-Fashion Showcase at SFU Surrey on March 1 will feature fashions made from old street banners.
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They used to be banners you'd see hung on lamp posts or in boardrooms, but 14 high school students from Surrey, North Delta and Vancouver will display their repurposed fashions on the catwalk at SFU Surrey Friday (March 1).

The event, called Beyond the Bag Eco-Fashion Showcase, is the culmination of an annual high school project led by SFU students from the non-profit organization Enactus SFU.

Created in 2008, the Banner Bags project had students transform old street banners into reusable bags. The fashion showcase takes that concept one step further.

Enactus SFU student had led workshops in more than two dozen Lower Mainland schools, with fashion students from Kwantlen John Casablanca's Institute also serving as mentors.

“In addition to helping young aspiring designers gain traction in the local fashion industry, the initiative is educating future generations on the importance of sustainability,” said project manager Ranita Lau, adding the nylon banners used for the participants’ designs can take more than 40 years to decompose in landfills.

To date, the Banner Bags team has reached more than 30 schools across B.C., saved over 1,400 pounds of nylon from going into local landfills – avoiding the equivalent of 35,000 pounds of CO2 emissions – and helped banner manufacturing companies and cities save more than $2,750 in disposal costs.

Featured designs at Friday's show come from Guildford Park Secondary in Surrey, North Delta's Seaquam Secondary, and Eric Hamber Secondary in Vancouver.

The fashion show will be from 5:30-8 p.m. at SFU Surrey's Dale B. Regehr Grand Hall.


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