McPherson Couture Wins Trashion Show

And the winner was … our environment! While McPherson House’s dress (second from left in above photo) finished first in the 2020 Lawrenceville Trashion Show, the ultimate victor was planet Earth, which will reap the benefits of student sustainability efforts for years to come.
The annual Trashion Show, part of the School’s environmental awareness month, Sustainuary, challenged the Circle and Crescent Houses to create couture from recycled materials. Faculty judges rated each creation based on acceptable and diverse material usage, creativity, wearability, stage presence, and how well the piece inspired waste reduction.
Sustainuary 2020 has focused on reducing campus consumption in support of recycling and composting pilots that began last week. The student-led Sustainability Council and House Sustainability Representatives are collaborating to expand and improve recycling efforts in all campus buildings. They are also working in the School dining halls, directing vegetable-based food scrapings to a composter on the Big Red Farm. That “waste” becomes a soil supplement for the Farm, where many of Lawrenceville’s vegetables are grown. 
Lawrentians are also collecting gently used clothing to donate to Goodwill and tapping campus sugar maple trees for syrup to be enjoyed in the dining halls. Current members of the School community are invited to attend a screening of the National Geographic documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh” (and enjoy dinner) in the Gruss Center for Art and Design auditorium on February 15 at 5:00 p.m.
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