Recycle Runway

Recycle Runway brings together students from four South Florida college programs to celebrate the power of Design. These students were challenged to create unique garments inspired by design and constructed from a range of recycled materials including chip bags, CDs, garbage bags, and soda can tabs. Each of these garments will be modeled in a one-night runway exhibition.


Participating schools:

Barry University
Broward College
Florida Atlantic University
Miami Dade College


111 East Las Olas
Ft Lauderdale


APRIL 6, 2019
6:30pm seating




Recycled Runway began Florida Atlantic University’s History of Graphic Design course. Forty students were tasked to source recycled materials to create wearable garments that reflect notable historical styles, objects, or designers. Design students enrolled in area higher education institutions were also invited to participate. On Saturday, April 6, Recycled Runway will take place on the FAU Fort Lauderdale campus. One-of-a-kind garments created by students enrolled at Barry University, Broward College, Florida Atlantic University and Maimi Dade College will be featured in a one-night runway event.

Today, these students work in the classroom, but tomorrow they will be the primary creators of 21st-century communication. Recycled Runway emphasizes sustainability, community engagement, and equity to alert design students to their civic responsibilities. In the process of creating these unique garments, students discovered that research depends on creativity, as well as patience and decision making. During their final presentation, students model their creations and learn about the need for “human-centered” design practices.

Recycled Runway embraces experience-based learning and active learning. Concepts of eco-materials, sustainability, and human-centered design practice were discussed in class. Students were asked to interview professionals in the field to determine how they creatively sustain their practices. They worked in groups, and the joy and challenges of collaboration encouraged their commitment to high standards and accountability. During production, students made sketches, took body measurements, and learned how to portion material accordingly; they reviewed examples of other designers’ creative re-use of everyday “stuff.” They grappled with the challenges of dressmaking. In the process, they discovered that research depends on creativity, as well as patience and decision making. During their final presentations, students modeled their creations and learned about the need for “human-centered” design practices.

By AIGA Miami
Published March 24, 2019
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