Hey Kickstarter Community, allow me to share this unique opportunity with you – to create a camp that educates students in the US and Africa about the environment through Recycled Fashion…R’ashion Camp Zambia!
So much waste is tossed away every year around the world. Imagine if we could come up with a way of re-using plastics that helped beautify our world, taught job-skills and provided income to communities that need it the most. We can. R’ashion Camp Zambia. Help a country turn the trash that pollutes it into vibrant, wearable fashion. Help them take care of themselves while taking care of their environment.
I envisioned R’ashion Camp Zambia on a teaching trip this summer with Billy Lombe aka Mr.Green. I was showing a group of students in Zambia a sweatshirt made from recycled plastic bottles. I quickly realized this was an incredibly accessible and interesting way to educate about waste management and sustainability. Fashion! Because around the world, we all care how we look so why not bring together fashion and the environment.
What happens to the money?
The funds we are raising go towards securing a location near Lusaka, hiring staff, building a functional work space, lodging and hot showers. Dollars go so much farther oversees. For less then $15,000 we can build an entire school and reach hundreds of young people!
Zambia, like many countries in Africa, is being buried under waste. Plastic bottles litter streets and clog valuable waterways. R’ashion Camp Zambia is an educational camp for aspiring Zambian designers to learn how to re-use the material pollution that plagues the country by turning plastics into fabrics that can be sewn, woven or beaded! (R’ashion means –recycled fashion). Fashion which can be sold online, to tourists and to locals which will provide needed monies to Zambian communities.
And there’s more….we also envision an exciting cultural exchange! For every US designer, teacher and/or student that raises funds to support the camp, either monetarily of by coming over to volunteer, a Zambian designer, teacher and/or student will be given the opportunity to participate at R’ashion Camp Zambia. Students and teachers from the US and Zambia working side by side with indigenous and modern Zambian fashion designers and students!
1. Unnatural Resource – Zambia’s landscape is littered with plastic bottles. One big problem for Zambia is flooding from trash getting caught in drainage ditches, which blocks the flow of water to villages.
- Plastic bottles can be recycled into Eco fabric
-Candy wrappers can be woven to make fabric
- Magazines can be made into beads
- Plastic bags can be knitted
2. Natural Resources – The famous Victoria Falls and Zambezi River are both located in Zambia, which allows the country to grow a lot of food. Local farmers grow bamboo, banana trees and corn. Much of the inedible waste from these foods can be used for their cellulose fibers to be woven and recycled into biodegradable Eco fabrics.
3. Economic shift - The World Bank recently reclassified Zambia as a lower-middle income country, which has boosted outside investors’ confidence in the growth potential of its economy. Zambia is developing and R’ashion Camp Zambia is designed to empower young, motivated leaders to share their cultural heritage, and teach them how to design, manufacture and market recycled clothing, accessories and fabrics to be sold around the world.
And if changing the lives of students in the US and Zambia wasn’t enough, for those who help us achieve this goal by making a pledge, we are offering handmade recycled fashion gifts made by both Zambian and US designers that would make great gifts for the holidays!!!
Imagine how much fun students and teachers will have learning about the environment and so much more at R'ashion Camp Zambia. Thank you!
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*note: we realize per kickstarter protocols we can't send out our "rewards" until the campaign is successfully concluded. So, we want you to know that we'd love for you to have your gift in a timely fashion! - thank you for your support!
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