First-year students at the Barbados Community College were challenged to transform trash into creative costumes through a project entitled Trash and Innovation 2016.
And yesterday, the chemistry students put on a show, modelling outfits made from recyclable materials. The effort was assessed by a panel of judges and two classes were chosen to improve on their work.
Chemistry tutor Annette Alleyne told Barbados TODAY that as part of the laboratory methods course, students were asked to create Crop Over costumes or other fascinating costumes from materials generally considered trash.
She said the underlying message was to encourage Barbadians to recycle rather than throw away all their waste.
“There are interesting ways to use things we normally discard that can make them really appealing,” Alleyne said.
She also hoped that at the end of the two-year course, students would not leave thinking there was nothing for them to do and they had to wait to be employed by government. The tutor said that by thinking differently, they could contribute to society and make it better.
A group of students who called themselves Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), created costumes fit for a bridal party with paper, PET bottle covers and pieces of CDs.
Another student, Sharon Daniels, exhibited national pride with her outfit made of a garbage bag, spray paint, and old newspaper pages shaped like a picket fence.