Member Profile: Junk to Funk

June 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

When Portland Mayor Sam Adams puts on a tuxedo made from bike tire tubes it is not, despite what non-Portlanders may think, his official uniform. It is, in fact, a sure sign that a Junk to Funk event is happening nearby.

Founded by Lindsey Newkirk in 2006, the Junk to Funk Trashion Collective works to educate the public about waste, recycling, and reuse through fashion shows, public events, art installations, and event entertainment. The perennially sold out trashion (trash + fashion) show ran from 2006 to 2009, a showcase for recycled materials artists from around the country (see photos).

“Screened Nihilist” by Jen LaMastra, made from discarded window screens and soda cans.

In  2010 Newkirk took a break from the show to expand the organization’s other offerings, including conference and event entertainment, business commissions, workshop licensing, and educational outreach. Public art installations at the Portland International Airport and downtown Galleria generated an estimated 3.3 million impressions, and a partnership with the local nonprofit SCRAP now delivers a teen Trashion Camp each summer.

“Chinese Lantern Dress” by Ruth Waddy, made from reused plastic grocery bags.

With more than 4 million pounds of material extracted, transformed, moved and disposed of to meet the needs of a single middle-class household in one year, the message of Junk to Funk is increasingly relevant. When living a more sustainable lifestyle goes from a chore to a hip act of artistic self-expression, the potential for change is hugely magnified. Time to put on that bike tire tux, or better yet, figure out your own trashy way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

See Lindsey Newkirk pitch Junk to Funk at the 2nd Annual Social Innovation Incubator Pitch Fest the afternoon of Friday, June 29. Click here to read more about the event and reserve your free tickets.

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