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One woman’s litter is another’s couture

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 01:07

Sept. 3 - A Bolivian fashion designer showcases garments made of recycled paper and industrial wipes, match boxes and other reclaimed materials in an innovative fashion show. Tara Cleary reports.

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It might be insulting to call these dresses 'rubbish', but it would also be accurate. Bolivian fashion designer, Marion Macedo has created a line of garments from discarded, recycled materials. Macedo has made a name for herself creating eco-friendly fashions out of recycled paper. But for her latest line she added a splash of color to used industrial wipes and even reclaimed items like matchboxes and hair curlers. SOUNDBITE: Marion Macedo, fashion designer, saying (Spanish): "We are even using white rubber tops, filters, printer cleaners, soda tops, printing plates, match boxes. I'd say the new thing is the addition of all these materials. We've made a turn, but our base is still paper." Macedo has a growing fan base in Bolivia and beyond ... and her jewelry line is a hot seller. Like this bracelet, fashioned from old cookie cutters -- not a term you'd use to describe this designer's work.

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One woman’s litter is another’s couture

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 01:07