Last Friday, the school held the coronation of the Reina de las Flores (Queen of the Flowers). It is an annual event and the Queen and her court ride in the parade in September. The girls started and ended the day in very pretty dresses, but a creative and no less pretty touch came mid-day. All of the girls made dresses from recycled materials, including plastic bags, newspapers, empty snack bags and balloons. Here are a few images.

Recycling here is different from the US. There are some, not a lot, of recycling bins, sure. But really, people use and repurpose things endlessly. Just because something is slightly broken and not quite functional does not mean you throw it out. I had trouble finding scrap card board for a project because people use it for other purposes. When my big quart container of yogurt was empty, my landlady happily accepted the empty container to reuse to store things in. The pan we use to heat water for tea or coffee has no handles. We just use a towel as a pot holder to pick it up when it’s hot. Reusing and repurposing is alive and well down here. It is an economic necessity. The people are as innovative and creative as the girls who made these dresses.

29 thoughts on “Recycling

  1. Emilio Pasquale

    We in the U. S. are the worst throwaway society, I’m sure. Such beautiful kids. And they seem to be getting a valuable lesson.


    Those people are amazing indeed!
    The images are so pretty.The colors are fantastic.
    Thanks Chris for sharing these happy events with us.

      1. SOHEIR

        I believe that everyone of us has a lesson or more to be learned by others.
        Sometimes I learn wisedom from young children.
        Learning is for intelligent people only and ur one of those people Chris.

  3. The Coastal Crone

    Very creative dresses! Yes, they do true recycling and make do with what they have. I am always amazed at the decorative items I see in Mexico for sale in stores that are made from recycled materials.

  4. loisajay

    All of the dresses are amazing, but the balloon dresses….! These girls are way more creative than I will ever be! How wonderful that they understanding recycling at such a young age.

  5. suzannesmom

    So interesting. I’m told we used to be that way until we got too much of everything. Being resourceful with waste can help us be more creative in general.

  6. Miss Gentileschi

    This is so fantastic!! Absolutely love the enormous creativity and the care those girls show with their pretty dresses! Recycling is so important, here in Germany we try to do use of such things as well. I once weaved a basket with paper from a glossy magazine, I rolled it into tubes and glued them together so they would become long enough to weave with. It was quite demanding, but so much fun and I´m still quite proud of it when I see it 😉

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I’ve visited your country and really appreciate all you do to recycle. Wow, that sounds like quite a project. Some of the girls put in an amazing effort. Cheers!

      1. Miss Gentileschi

        Thank you, Chris! It´s nice you do! My (english) aunt wasn´t that fond of recycling, but then that was over 15 years ago, I guess she´s changed her mind by now – well, at least, that´s what I hope;) She used to make fun of the germans taking garbage so seriously…
        The girls are amazing! I really admire the hard work they put into it! And they all look so beautiful! Like little super-models already 😉 I´ll bet they are very grateful that you´re taking their pictures 🙂 Cheers!

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