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Sustainable fashion takes centre stage in Bhutan: Zhiwa Ling’s Trashion Show redefines creativity and eco-consciousness

Bhutan - Zhiwa Ling's Trashion Show
Ten teams took place with participants embarking on a unique journey, creating designs that promoted eco-friendly fashion.

Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel’s Trashion Show in Bhutan stands as a beacon of sustainability, ingeniously transforming waste into fashion. This pioneering event not only showcases eco-conscious creativity but also embodies Bhutan’s commitment to ecotourism and communal harmony.

BHUTAN – In a groundbreaking initiative, Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel in Paro, Bhutan, hosted the first-ever Trashion Show recently, transforming trash into wearable art, emphasising sustainable practices and the utilisation of renewable Bhutanese resources.

Bhutan - Zhiwa Ling's Trashion Show

Showcasing ‘Trashion’ the creative prowess of the hotel teams who transformed waste materials into stunning garments and wearable art.

Divided into ten groups, participants embarked on a unique journey, creating designs that not only promoted eco-friendly fashion but also fostered teamwork, communication, and leadership. Brent Hyde, Managing Director of Zhiwa Ling, expressed his pride in the team’s efforts, highlighting how the event evolved from a simple project into a powerful symbol of sustainability.

“The Trashion Show became a vehicle to bring people together and develop cooperation, communication, and collaboration skills uniquely,” said Brent Hyde. “Team members collaborated beyond their usual roles, fostering a greater understanding of each other’s skills and ideas. Leaders emerged from unexpected quarters, gaining valuable experience in guiding teams and enhancing communication skills,” he said.

Bhutan - Ethnic fashions

Ethnic fashions

Zhiwa Ling Hotel’s commitment to showcasing creativity and passion was evident as each team presented a short documentary capturing their journey from project inception to completion. This event not only promotes sustainable fashion but also aligns with Bhutan’s leadership in ecotourism and sustainability, emphasizing happiness and the protection of the country from the damages of over-tourism.

In a world where environmental consciousness is paramount, Zhiwa Ling’s Trashion Show inspires a new younger generation fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

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Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.