Candy wrappers, newspapers, cereal boxes, all things you toss in the trash when you're finished using them, right?
Not Ciara Isley. She used Starburst wrappers to make a dress.
"We used 1300 wrappers," she said. "It was a lot of unwrapping and a lot of belly aches eating all those Starbursts."
"We had them do a project that created recyclable garments," professor Susan Creasey said. "Having our students reduce, reuse and re-purpose is important for them as fashion merchandising majors or just as consumers."
"I just loved creating a new garment and using something that probably people wouldn't think of," Isley said.
Other materials used were garbage bags, coffee filters and gum wrappers. The recyclable garments were presented at the WIU Environmental Summit.
"The things that we use in our everyday life are very important and they have a huge impact on the environment, especially in the fashion industry with the dyes and the fabrics that we use," Isley said. "I think it's something everyone should be conscious of."
If you want to be more conscious of what you're wearing, start looking at hangtags, adjunct professor Shanna Bruer-Hess said.
Eco-friendly clothing will have hangtags that read eco-friendly or organic and sustainable.
"That usually means the production method has been altered in some ways to make it better for the environment," Bruer-Hess said.
Look for natural fibers like cotton, linen and bamboo.
Another option you have for sustainable clothing is recycling. Buy from your local thrift store or take your product there and let somebody else use it. That way they don't have to go buy new, Bruer-Hess said.
The same concept Isley hopes fashion show viewers and you get from her recycled dress.
"I just hope that they think of ways they can re-purpose items as well," she said.