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The Longmont Public Library is encouraging people to turn the their trash into treasure by using their garbage to create the latest haute couture fashion.

The library’s first Trashion Show kicks off Monday, inviting people of all ages to showcase their designs in an online program. Creations can include clothing or accessories, and people are permitted to work in teams. While no registration is required, all designs must be submitted by July 13 to be displayed on social media pages, according to a Longmont library news release.

Josie Brockmann, the library’s head of adult services, said the idea is to give people a visual of how much garbage humans create and remind them of ways materials can be repurposed. According to the library, the average American produces 1,700 pounds of trash per year — a whole landfill of material.

People in need of some “good, clean, trash” can pick up a “specially curated” bag of trash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the library’s curbside delivery station on the east side of the building, the release said. Brockmann said the library has been saving toilet paper tubes, plastic snack bags and old CDs, to name a few discards being used to create the trash bags.

“People can come and take a bag of our couture trash and use it for their design,” Brockmann said.

As far as inspiration for their designs, Brockmann encouraged people to check out Pinterest or look up some ideas online.

Designers must submit their fashion pieces to Brockmann via email at

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