A fashion show of recycled waste materials enlivened Graduates Farewell ceremony of Graduate Program's Master of Science Engineering UGM, Wednesday (28/4). Located in the Courtyard of the Graduate Program, a number of models, Jogjakartaâ€™s Dimas and Diajeng (winners of local beauty competition) displayed the clothing created by Lestari NGO that up to now is known for its engagement in waste management, changing waste into useful materials. No less fashionable than designersâ€™ fashion show, this recycled waste fashion show is also featured beautifully. The apparels are created in such a way that it can eliminate bad impression of the trash. In fact, the waste can produce innovative work that is interesting.
Several dimas and diajeng also showcased several motives of bags, both commonly used by housewives and women on the go as well as several motifs of laptop bag. The combination of white and black colors makes the bag motifs look more elegant. In addition, casual and sports clothing are also showcased as well as some vests made from waste materials. The waste materials were processed from used paper and plastic wrappers. The waste is then shredded into small sections and collected together to form many interesting motifs. Not just paper and used plastic bag, styrofoam can also be processed into clothing. To reporters, Director of the Program, Dr. Agus Maryono, said the fashion event was intentionally displayed to prove to society that waste can be utilized as something useful if properly processed. "We want to raise awareness that waste is usable. Utilizing this waste can actually reduce environmental damage," he said.
Agus added that UGM has the Department of Waste Processing and Management Technology. From the various practical activities of this department, several technical tools have been produced to manage various types of garbage, including plastic and paper chopper. In addition, a tool to produce methanol from fruits waste has also been produced. "We already have about 250 pieces of technical equipment, produced by our graduates. They are, however, still limited to the household scale. Students who have graduated and returned to their hometown will usually return to the campus to use the results of their design. That happens after they have opportunities in their hometown to be able to use that tool," he said.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Lestari NGO, Agus Hartono, said that they frequently collaborate with UGM in relation to the development of the Department of Waste Processing and Management Technology. Several local entrepreneurs have made bids for several of their recycled clothing products, namely casual clothing and t-shirts.