STUDENTS from Cabramatta High School's Intensive English Centre (IEC) tapped into their creativity late last term to host their first "Trashion Show".
The project called on participants, aged 11 to 17, to transform rubbish into fashionable clothing. The creations came to life during art lessons.
The school's IEC art teacher May Yang said the idea behind the project was for students to think about sustainable possibilities for the environment.
"A work of art does not always have to start with a brand new sheet of paper or a new canvas or from the use of the most expensive or finest materials," she said.
"There is a limit to the earth's natural resources so students were asked to think about how to re-use and recycle everyday materials to produce meaningful wearable art pieces."
Ms Yang said the most important aspect of the project was raising awareness about the importance of sustainable living.
"Today, everything can be thrown out too easily," she said.
"Lots of people don't give a second thought about the things they throw out or even acknowledge the harm done to the environment.
"Through this project, IEC students were able to demonstrate that anyone can reduce, re-use and recycle their trash."