Since 2018 we’ve been inspiring high school students to create a waste free future with Mash It Up!  

All over the world student activists have become a force to be reckoned with. The sequel to the original WASTE NOT film, Mash It Up! is an educational project harnessing the idealism and passion of this new generation of “conscious consumers” as they fight to save the planet. 

Rejecting fast food, fast fashion and planetary eco-cide can be creative and it can be fun.  By encouraging teenagers to make multi-media projects by recycling everything from packaging to electronic waste, Mash It Up! gives them the collaborative and communications skills, and the confidence, to take their message to the world! 

We introduce cutting edge artists and changemakers to participating schools, offering workshops and mentors who challenge and inspire.

Mash It Up is driving culture change in staff rooms and playgrounds, and rewarding imaginative problem solving that literally turns rubbish into fashion statements that really mean something.

In 2020 we are working with our partners at the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, to create another year of trashion couture that will change the world. 

Quotes from
Judges, Mentors and Teachers

Save the Planet!

How will Gen Z navigate to a greener fairer world?

The next generation knows the planet is in trouble so we created a competition for Australian high school teenagers and their teachers to foster creative problem solving. Each year competing schools create a stunning parade of Trashion Couture and targeted messaging to showcase at the annual Youth Eco Summit at Sydney Olympic Park. The project bonds their teams, develops critical awareness and communictions skills and gives them hope that change is in their hands.
Our Mash It Up! Trashionistas will be documented in the sequel to the original WASTE NOT film, using their own footage, drawings and designs as well as the Waste Not team’s observational documentary footage and interviews with inspirational mentors.

“TEC is thrilled to be working with a generation of students who are so media savvy, information hungry, and optimistic!”
- Ruth Hessey, Project Director ​​