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Traditional Hanbok made with upcycled trash, creating sustainable fashion. Updated: 2021-06-01 10:00:08 KST

Top models strut down a brightly lit runway, wearing used plastic.
South Korea's government staged an environmentally-conscious fashion show and exhibition at Gyeongbokgung Palace on Monday, with fashion pieces made out of upcycled trash.
Spotted at the event was South Korea's First Lady Kim Jung-sook, along with family members of foreign ambassadors in South Korea.
She first attended an exhibition displaying items made out of day-to-day waste including milk cartons, plastic, banners, and used firefighters' protective gear.

"They've made such a great bag with upcycled protective gear used by firefighters.
This bag is also going to have that 'wow factor' at night, because it glows in the dark."

She also handed out some of the best items to the other attendees.

"It's my present to you."

At the event, First Lady Kim was also sporting the upcycled look, in a Korean traditional hanbok made out of 70 recycled plastic bottles, designed by hanbok artisan, Park Sul-nyeo.
By mixing traditional hanbok with modern designs of upcycled clothing, the event hoped to send a message of timeless sustainability, as many are not fully aware of how the fashion industry can have a negative impact on the environment.
Studies show that creating one pair of jeans leaves 13 kilograms of a carbon footprint, while manufacturing a single t-shirt drains 27-hundred liters of water.
South Korea's fashion industry alone dumps out 80-thousand tons of left-over fabric every year.
Creating fashion with upcycled items is a win-win by putting good use to day-to-day waste and easing the fashion industry's burden on the environment.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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