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Junk to Funk Trashion Collective

Junk to Funk was honored to be a member of the PSU Social Innovation Incubator in 2012

Junk to Funk was honored to be a member of the PSU Social Innovation Incubator in 2012

Business Overview: Runway show turned "Eco-Edutainment" (educational entertainment) hybrid business model using trashion (trash+fashion) art as the catalyst to inspire people to think differently about waste and their relationship to "stuff".  

Role: Founder, Chief Instigator


The Trashion Show Contest (2006-2009)

Conceptualized and produced Portland’s first-ever trashion show featuring Avant-garde wearable art created out of waste materials.


  • Established partnerships that generated up to $50,000 in cash and in-kind sponsorships, achieving annually sold out shows with a marketing budget of less than $1,500
  • Recruited and managed over 100 local and national artists, volunteers and interns annually
  • Received dozens of media write ups including features in the Oregonian, Portland Mercury, Portland Tribune, and Portland Monthly Magazine
  • Inspired the launch of over a dozen other trashion shows and programs around the country

Partners: City of Portland, Metro, New Belgium Brewery, Art Institute of Portland, Willamette Week, 94.7FM, SCRAP

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What’s really important about what they’re doing is that they’re inspiring people to reduce and reuse and they make it cool.
— Event Attendee
Junk to Funk is my favorite event all year.
— Mayor Sam Adams, annual event emcee
I was pleasantly surprised by the level of quality.
— Marjorie Skinner, Fashion Editor Portland Mercury
Junk to funk proved that planet lovers can have flair, fun, and a sense of humor.
— The Oregonian

5 Year Anniversary Party and New Program Launch

Curated gallery installation event to celebrate Junk to Funk’s 5th year anniversary and launch the transition from runway show to ‘eco-edutainment company' featuring four new year round programs.


  • Three page feature story in Sunday Oregonian  

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Trashion Show Event Entertainment

Developed a fee-based, for profit program providing trash fashion shows as sustainability relevant entertainment for public and private events.  In addition to the witty and compelling scripted runway show, models mingled with guests as live eco-artwork and engaged them in relevant trash talk and stories.


  • Engaged hundreds of individuals in conversations about the issues of waste, consumption and opportunities for sustainable behavior

Clients: Portland International Airport, Travel Portland, OHSU, Net Impact, GoGreen Conference, Green Meeting Industry Council, Association of Oregon Recyclers, SCRAP, Bring Recycling,  International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Vancouver Recycled Arts Festival, ReConX, National Association of Counties.

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The trashion show portion of the dinner had to be the most creative and fun entertainment I have probably ever seen at a conference, of any type. It was brilliant.
— Attendee, Association of Oregon Recyclers conference 2010
Lindsey and her team are amazing. They are passionate about the story and are true change agents committed to making a positive impact. Looking forward to collaborating with them again in the future!
— Graeme Byrde, FMYI/Net Impact 2011
Junk to Funk is great because it’s a change of pace for the attendees interested in zero waste. Lindsey does a great job balancing fun and education.
— Bethany Wagonner, GoGreen Conference 2010

Trashion for the Masses

Developed a not-for-profit program bringing sustainable art experiences to the public for no or low cost through public art installations.  Installations were curated in collaboration with local artists and designers. Funding secured through sponsorships and grants, spaces providing in partnership with the Portland International Airport and Portland Development Commission. 

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  • Engaged hundreds of thousands of passersby in art for social change and thought provoking messages about consumption and sustainable behavior 

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Trashion for Youth

Developed curriculum in collaboration with several artists and educators to take youth on a journey of up-cycled fashion and creative reuse in our summer camp and after school programs.  Summer camps were hosted in collaboration with SCRAP while our after school programs were hosted in collaboration with Saturday Academy.  


  • Served over 100 middle school and high school students in learning activities focused on innovation, creative problem solving, team work, issues of waste, and concepts of mindful consumption
  • Students in our after school program at Humbolt Middle School were featured on KPTV's Good Day Oregon

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Promotional Materials

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Runway Show Posters 

Trashion Show Event Entertainment  Promo Kit

Promo Handouts

Promo Postcards


Junk to Funk + Vitaminwater: April 2011

Our Vitaminwater commissioned Trashion garment was made entirely of recycled Vitaminwater bottles and labels. It was launched at the Mercury’s spring fashion show, “Open Season” in conjunction with Vitaminwater’s “Color Collection” contest and has been a feature of their recently launched webisode. The garment was showcased at several other Vitaminwater sponsored fashion shows throughout the remainder of 2011.

Junk to Funk Hits the Miss America Pageant: January 2011  

Stephanie Steers, Miss Oregon 2010, wore Junk to Funk’s “Re-Tired Swimwear”, a 1950’s style swimsuit and cap made entirely out of discarded bike tire tubes, at the 2011 Miss America Parade held mid January in Las Vegas. In the parade event, contestants were challenged to wear a garment that represented their home state. What better way to represent Oregon than to wear a garment created out of recycled materials?

J2F Goes Gaga: August 2010

Ok, this one might seem a little scandalous, but come on, it’s Lady Gaga! Alright, while we didn’t work with the actual Lady Gaga, we did have a great time in a mock Gaga photo shoot with the Willamette Week. It was only appropriate to bring in a crazy head to toe bike tire tube outfit when the Willamette Week asked “Who Should be Lady Gaga’s Next Fashion Muse? Portland’s Junk to Funk of Course.”