By Amanda Wilkes
It’s always inspiring to see the creative ways young adults are learning about the environment and showing unique ways to make a difference by reducing, reusing, recycling and rethinking. Over 40 schools and more than 500 children in Qatar kicked off World Environment Day with an eco-fashion design contest. Students gave recycled materials like cardboard, tin, recycled fabric or clothing a fashionable new life in the form of a designer outfit. “The purpose is to get artists using their creative skills and know how to see and understand the environment in a simple and positive way,” said Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari, Chairman of FEC. Through this project, environmentalists hope to encourage young adults to recognize how they, as individuals, could make a positive impact on the environment. Some of the students’ designs were quite remarkable, but the final design creations will be judged on June 7, when students present their work at the closing ceremony.
The exciting part is that you don’t need a panel of professional judges or a lot of competitors to hold your very own eco-fashion show, right in your own home. Get out the old shoeboxes, tin cans, water bottles, or clothes at the back of the closet and give them a new life. Show your kids how it can be done and then encourage them to do the same. Take pictures of the outfits your kids create and let them be the judges. It’s a fun, inexpensive and educational way to entertain the entire family.