The competition seeks to promote the use of recycled material in creative and artistic ways, while raising environmental and waste awareness among the entrants and those who view the costumes.
All costumes must be made from only recyclable/reusable materials. This can include, but is not limited to: cardboard, aluminum, plastics, paper, steel/tin, Styrofoam, paper bags, glass, and recycled fabric. The use of glue, tape, and paint may be used in small amounts to only enhance the costume. Additionally, footwear and other accessories maybe used, but should be purchased second-hand or made from recycled materials if possible.
“We encourage people just to take a peek in their recycling bin and think creatively about a way to re-purpose some of their recyclables into wearable art” said Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator. However, local thrift stores or Recycle Ann Arbor’s ReUse Center may also be some good locations to scout out for costume embellishments and ideas.
Final judging and a “showcase runway” will take place at the Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 27th. Allowing the public to see these finished costumes is an important element of the competition. “If we can get people to be more “waste aware”, think creatively, and have some fun with this competition then we’ve accomplished what we set out to do” said Chessler-Stull. Additionally, the interaction between the entrants and the public about their costume design creates an invaluable opportunity for recycling education.
Costumes will be judged on use of recycled materials, creativity, and overall “look.” Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within both categories. We encourage adults and children to enter as two judging categories do exist: Youth (ages 17 and under) and Adult (ages 18+).
Those who are interested in entering must pre-register with an entry form found at Recycle Ann Arbor’s Earth Day Competition 2014. The competition is open to all residents or students of Southeast Michigan. The deadline for entry forms is Wednesday, April 16th by 4pm.
For those who want a bit of guidance in making their costume, join us at the Ann Arbor Art Center Costume Creation Workshop on Sat, March 15th 12- 4pm. Register online at The Ann Arbor Art Center for this workshop.