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Recycle Art Fair and Fashion Show 2020 Winners Announced

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News from County Environmental Services:

The National Recycling Coalition established America Recycles Day in 1997. Every year on November 15, millions of people across the United States participate in America Recycles Day. This day raises awareness about recycling, reuse, waste reduction and the importance of buying recycled products to close the loop.

To celebrate America’s Recycling Day, Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County Environmental Services hosted a fun and interactive recycling art and fashion show.

This year, despite COVID-19 restrictions, the event was held by curating the collection of submissions and displaying them using an online gallery and sharing it with the community.

Click on the link to view 2020 Recycle Art Fair & Fashion Show Gallery.

In total, 15 local recycling fashionistas from across the community and over 100 recycled artists from Chamisa and Pion Elementary School participated in the event. By creating art and fashion from otherwise discarded materials, participants help raise awareness of the value of materials often considered waste. Students from Chamisa and Pion schools were inspired to create art from recycled materials, while learning about the impact of waste on our environment. The illustrations were created from obsolete and discarded Braille books, cardboard boxes, newspapers and cardboard boxes. Teachers appreciate leftover carpet boards donated by Ken Nebel of Village Arts.

The event was judged by members of the Zero Waste team and the Los Alamos High School Eco Club. While it is always difficult to make a decision, the following artists and fashionistas have been selected as the winners of the Recycled Art Fair and Fashion Show 2020:

Child Category Recycle Fashions:

  1. “Recycled robot” by Hendrix Deschamp
  2. “Recycled blazer, belt and bow tie” by Lennon Deschamp
  3. “Recycled Rainbow” by Evelyn Fobes

Recycle Fashions Tween Category:

  1. “Tween” by Hawke Lindberg
  2. “The Things I Touch in a Day” by Genevieve Fortin
  3. “Cutest Chip on the Block” by Kohynn Young

Category Recycle Fashions Adult:

  1. Aluminum and paper by Sonja Salzman
  2. Scrap and Glow by Andrea Lynch
  3. Re-Marker-Able Earrings by Joanne Kozuchowski

Reuse, reduce, recycle poster category:

  1. Evelynn fobes
  2. Kohynn Young
  3. Brandon keller

Thank you for the support from LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Los Alamos County Director of Public Works Anne Laurent. This event wouldn’t be possible without the creative energy, passion and support of Renee Mitsunaga (Chamisa Elementary Art Teacher), Andrea Lynch (Pion Elementary Art Teacher), Pamela Miller Video Producer (Aspen Elementary, Special Education Teacher) and Sara Martinez (LAC Environmental Services, Office Specialist). Additionally, a special thank you should go to the Zero Waste team and members of the Los Alamos High School Eco Club for serving as judges.

What can you do to recycle locally and be part of the solution?

  • Start participating in the mixed recycling collection and yard cutting program. Request a Mixed Recycling Cart or Garden Cutter Roller: https://www.losalamosnm.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6435810&pageId=11109566
  • Shop for products made with recycled materials
  • Learn how to RECYCLE WELL, download the Recycle Coach tool from Google Play or the App Store. Reduce contamination and make sure clean, recyclable materials are turned into new products.
  • Join the Zero Waste team and learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste in the community. Email [email protected] for more information.

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