What is Trash the Runway?  

Mission Statement

Trash the Runway® aims to propel young people toward environmental and social responsibility and to inspire their confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills for the benefit of the greater good.

Program Summary

Trash the Runway® is a design competition run by the Creative Lab at Common Threads in Boulder that is now entering its second decade of existence.  TTR challenges Middle and High school students to create high fashion garments entirely out of found and recycled materials.  While many participants collect materials year-round, they have just two months to complete their design, with the final garments showcased at a runway show.  Everything from discarded dog food bags to bubble wrap to wallpaper samples have been used by these young designers over the year and without fail, when these recycled garments are finished, they rival the beauty and creativity of the couture seen on catwalks during New York Fashion Week. 2020 will be our 11th year of running this program. Photos and videos  can be seen on our sponsor’s website.

Always adding to the energy and sense of community that this event generates is the partnership with local nonprofit, Blue Sky Bridge, an organization dedicated to prevention + intervention in the fight against child abuse.