Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Hero of the Month
Soft-spoken Mesquite High School Junior Mischa Madsen wanted to celebrate her 16th birthday in unique fashion, which was not surprising to those who know her best. Mischa is an accomplished ballerina and fine art student who, along with her younger sister Dasha, routinely shops local thrift outlets and collects toss-a-ways from family or friends. Her goal is to give new life to old clothes or repurpose discarded items in new and different ways.
True to character, Mischa threw an Anything But Clothes (ABC) sweet sixteen party to challenge her friends to think beyond the new and shiny and stretch their imaginations with a reduce, reuse, recycle theme. All attendees had to show up in items that were created, in part, from material not normally thought of as “clothing.” They had to look around their homes and rethink, reuse, recycle items that could be worn.
Mischa worked with her aunt to select a simple dress pattern. She then incorporated the packaging from candy wrappers (the content of which was served at the party) into the simple sewn cotton dress. Wrappers that were not stitched as part of the dress were used to create a matching headband.
To this day Mischa’s recycled candy wrapper dress is worn as part of her regular wardrobe and continues to draw interest and positive comments from not only her classmates but everyday residents who pass her in the mall or at the grocery store. Mischa Madsen accomplished her goal of bringing attention to different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle and for this reason she is Gilbert’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Hero of the Month!