Earth Today | Fashion meets recycling in local resort competition
CREATIVITY in fashion, with a conservation twist, was on show at Sandals Montego Bay recently, thanks to the platform provided by a recycle wear competition.
The competition formed a part of The Miss Flagship 2018 pageant, which focused on personal development, poise and environmental awareness of female team members at the resort.
"Instead of asking our contestants to model swimwear, we asked them to personally design and model their own outfit made from recycled material," revealed learning & development manager Sigourney Hasting, one of the pageant organisers.
"As a group, we have always shown care for the natural environment, and we are always finding ways to remind our team members and communities around us that Sandals takes this stewardship seriously," she added.
Contestants exceeded expectations with an array of creations, made from a variety of material, including plastic cups, straws, newspapers, and garbage bags.
Trishanna Coleman, a playmaker in the entertainment department, copped the top prize for best recycle wear, after stunning the audience with her elaborate gown made from discarded CDs, computer keyboard, plastic cups and garbage bags.
Second place went to Jessica Riley from the resort's Red Lane Spa. She designed a cocktail outfit from plastic bottles, caps and cups.
"What we did with the recycle wear competition was to draw attention to the vital issue of pollution that has become a global phenomenon. We may not all be able to design clothes from recycled materials, but we wanted to make a bold statement about reusing materials that have already been utilised for their original purposes," noted environmental, health and safety manager Haniff Richards.
He added that the recycle competition was part of a broader environmental outreach pro-gramme to which all Sandals Resorts are committed.
"Through our Sandals Foun-dation and our environmental, health and safety offices, our team members conduct beach clean-up activities, tree-planting exercises and bring environ-mental awareness to schools with presentations and activities. We don't just focus on educating ourselves, but those around us as well," Richards said.
Like all Sandals and Beaches resorts across the Caribbean, Sandals Montego Bay is audited yearly by EarthCheck, the world's leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Recently, the resort received a Master Platinum certification, marking 15 years of continuous adherence to sustainable environmental best practices.