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Project Details

Project dates
01/05/2023  – 24/02/2024

Srinidhi Kotikalapudi

Project Lead

Anika Mamun


Eathan Roth


Trash2Treasure was about creating valuable and inspiring pieces from recycled fabrics donated by Goodwill.

Project Description

TAP (The Aquativity Project) is a student-run initiative dedicated to raising awareness about reducing overconsumption and alleviating eco-anxiety. Trash2Treasure featured a myriad of talents – from fashion to film to literature – each contributing to the dialogue on sustainable living. The runway spotlighted hand-crafted South Asian pieces made from recycled fabrics, presenting a diverse array of models, designs and ideas. Trash2Treasure aimed to showcase the dynamic nature of the fashion industry, celebrating creativity and sustainability through a South Asian lens. In addition to the runaway presentations, Trash2Treasure offered hands-on activities, refreshments and networking opportunities, creating an immersive experience for all attendees.

This project had a wide-reach connecting various organizations, designers, artists, students and family, and bringing about 150 people out to the event. Through this project we were able to inspire and educate a wide range of individuals and groups about the importance of sustainability and consumer choices. Additionally, I conducted a global news interview which furthered the reach of the project.

This project has been created in commemoration of the lives of all the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, including two Ocean Bridge ambassadors, Danielle Moore and Micah Messent. We aspire to carry on their legacy and commitment to making the world a better place by creating long-lasting impacts with a firm commitment to driving positive change for the environment and our ocean. We will never forget the light that Danielle and Micah brought to the world and will continue to keep them in our hearts. To learn more about these two amazing people, please visit: Honouring Danielle and Micah  – Ocean Wise. This work is partially funded by the Commemoration Fund for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy.

What was your biggest challenge?

There were several roadblocks throughout the creation of the fashion show. The biggest one would be finding the correct material for each design. Although it is possible to upcycle fabrics, it is still necessary to have workable material and the correct quantity, in order to fulfill the requirements of the designs.

What was your most valuable takeaway?

My biggest takeaway from this project was that collaboration is essential to succeeding in any project, especially when you are unfamiliar with a certain field. Without the hard work and dedication that I witnessed from every member of the team, my designs would not have made it to the runway. Additionally, I learned that many individuals, especially students are passionate about the environment and sustainability but have difficulty finding the correct opportunities. I was glad to provide these opportunities!

The Aquativity Project

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