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Recyclemania 2014

Recyclemania 2014 is over!

The SBU campus recycled 24.32% of all refuse, coming close to our goal of 25%. This is a large improvement over last year when campus recycled only 18%.


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SBU students get ready to show off their creative, eco-friendly fashions in Trashion Fashion Show

Mar 28, 2014 |

By Tate M. Slaven, ’14

In preparation for the 2nd Annual Trashion Fashion Show, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the Rigas Family Theater in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Tread Lightly has hosted biweekly workshops for the past month to help designers with their eco-fashions. 

Adelaide Hahn, a sophomore sport studies major, is a featured artist in this year’s Trashion Fashion Show.The Trashion Fashion Show is part of the Recyclemania initiative on the St. Bonaventure University campus, and Tread Lightly uses it as a means to demonstrate that there are multiple ways to incorporate recycling into your daily life.

“It’s built as a design competition,” said Sean Conklin, assistant curator at the Quick Center. “Challenging participants to combine high fashion with environmental awareness in an effort to construct works that are both eco-friendly and eco-couture, we really see it as a fun and creative way to live a more sustainable life beyond simply sorting recyclables into buckets or bins.”

There are roughly 15 participants this year, which almost doubles last year’s contributors. All members of the campus community were invited to enter their designs, and various campus clubs and organizations have sponsored designs in efforts to support the recycling initiatives. 

Adelaide Hahn, a sophomore sport studies major, is one of the Tread Lightly members who helped with the inaugural event last year. This year Hahn is a featured artist for the show. She will be sporting a Pinterest-inspired dress made out of recycled Pokémon cards.

“I love being part of this event,” Hahn said. “I’m a science major, so I use this as a creative stress release.” 

A model does a walk-through for St. Bonaventure University's Trashion Fashion Show.Mandatory workshops included walk-throughs where designers and models could bring their designs for progress checks and to practice the show’s sequence. Participants will be judged and have the opportunity to win titles such as Top Trashionista, Most Creative Use of Recyclables and the People’s Choice. 

The runway show is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Sean Conklin at or Sr. Suzanne Kush at Information about Recyclemania is available at


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.

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Recycling Collection during RecycleMania:

Check back for our weekly weigh-in!

Week 1 (Feb. 2-8): 20.99%
Week 2 (Feb. 9-15): 25.21% 
Week 3 (Feb. 16-22): 18.13% 
Week 4 (Feb. 23 - March 1): 25.24%
Week 5 (March 2-8): 27.40%
Week 6 (March 9-15): 26.87%
Week 7 (March 16-22): 23.85% 
Week 8 (March 23-29): 26.85%
Week 9 (March 30-31)
Recycling Facts (that can save you $$)
  • Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water a day.
  • Buying a cup of coffee each day in a disposable cup adds 22 pounds of waste to a landfill in a year.