Teens create a cooler future

Our teenagers have grown up knowing the planet is in trouble.

They know about the last white rhino and wild koala, and the Pacific Garbage Patch the size of Queensland. The worlds mass extinction and climate change are as commonplace to them as peanut butter and jam.

Now they must learn to navigate a bewildering array of allarming statistics, as well as brilliant innovations. The future is in their hands.

WASTE NOT: Mash It Up! follows two groups of high school teenagers as they journey to waste awareness and turn a wild and wonderful mash up of recycled materials into multimedia, 3D artworks for the catwalk which explore the coming transition to a waste free world.

All over the world, school student movements are pushing for change. This generation is media savvy, information hungry, and mighty opinionated!

– Ruth Hessey, Waste Not writer/director

Mash It Up!


Travel to the outer reaches of the food and fashion worlds to save the planet!

Our Series Will

Create a new generation of conscious consumers by engaging our two groups of Sydney high school students in the two industries they are most obsessed with – fashion and food.

Inspire them to build a waste-free world through the power of their own creativity and choices.

Give them the skills to analyse their favourite brands, research supply chains, discover better ways of doing things, re-use and even eliminate waste.

Show them how to feed their findings into the Trashion Parade art works, mount the show at their school, and then present to their peers at the Youth Eco Summit this September at Sydney Olympic Park.

We will document the process in addition to interviewing inspiring mentors and change makers, to create a six-part online documentary series for ABC iview in 2019.

Harnessing the power of youth to truth

Many Australian teenagers have made it big via their own YouTube channels, some with up to 10 million subscribers. So far most of these young geniuses have won fame just having fun – flogging merchandise, playing with barbie dolls, baking cupcakes and posting pranks.

What if we created a series about online wild and wonderful ecowarriors having fun to save the planet?

Students will stage their projects at school as multi-media events, then we’ll package their journey for our iview series, as they work towards presenting their Trashion Events at the annual Youth Eco Summit at Sydney Olympic Park.