In 2008, Trash Mash-Up was profiled by EcoCitizens of the World in their project in conjunction with The United Nations, UNESCO, and the French State Below is the webpage translated from French to English by babelfish.yahoo.com
Bridget and Jessica: Focusing on the problem of overconsumption and the sorting of waste by the animation of workshops quite particular recycling.
Trash Mash Up is a community art project. By using the disposable materials which are collected before they land with the garbage, Bridget and Jessica work with children to create of Maskostumes, costumes and original masks inspired of the traditions around the world.
These projects reduce the waste and encourage people to reflect on their consumption, and recycling. In the United States, the aseptic tetra pak, paperboard and aluminum, are not easily recycled. This material is present in much food packing. Trash Mash-Up concentrates its action on these materials and creates the Maskostumes with materials which cannot be recycled.
Bridget and Jessica McCracken are sisters who are actors who also have a master of the public administration. For 2 years, they have decided to be invested voluntarily to create a project with a social and environmental conscience which serves their community. They thus work voluntarily with children and of young people of the disadvantaged districts.
Bridget and Jessica collect materials from universities, business, senior centers and amongst others, they make the masks and costumes, coordinate TMU participation in the many festivals of San Francisco. In workshops, Bridget and Jessica discuss with the group about the reduction of its consumption, reusing old objects and recycling.
The parades called Mash-Up Bashes, are the occasion to transform the parks and the public gardens into a visual spectacle of music, movement and Maskostumes. Thus the spectators can see how one can give again life to discarded things with a little imagination.
The workshops and parades are being organized for the summer. Last year, 250 children took part in the program, and these young people discussed the project with their families. After about thirty workshops, 6 parades were organized. The parades are an opportunity to show with the neighborhood what can be done when one gives a second life to what one might throw away.
The entire project is carried out voluntarily. Bridget and Jessica receive simply from the assistance of donors (friends, family and community members) to buy the material (pencils, adhesive…). They are two young women who decided to devote their spare time to the young people of San Francisco and the environment by inspiring others to reduce waste and recycle. Simple means and to transmit the message that there are no small actions…