2019 Activities

NEW: Seeking participants for a Sustainable Fashion Show! 

Celebrate reuse and waste reduction in fashion at the 2020 South Sound Sustainability Expo! Seeking artists, stylists, and creative Tacomans to participate in two categories:


Trash Fashion: Put your upcycling skills to the test!

Design a fashion look using untraditional materials that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Participants receive a $50 gift card!

Learn more and sign up to create a Trash Fashion look: Trash Fashion Application!


Thrifted Style: Use pre-loved clothing to share your love for the planet!

Create an environmentally-inspired collection of 1-4 looks using only pre-owned or thrifted clothing & accessories.

Learn more and sign up to create a Thrifted Style collection: Thrifted Style Application!


Questions? Contact Chaney Coman, Expo Coordinator: ccoman@cityoftacoma.org; (253) 591-5172.

2020 Expo Workshops coming soon! Check out the 2019 featured activities below:

2019 Workshops

Zero Waste in Your Life and Community
Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington
What is the “Zero Waste Movement,” and what is it all about? Zero Waste Washington will examine how you can reduce waste in your daily life and current policy initiatives to reduce waste at the state and local level in Washington. Bring your suggestions, questions, and stories of how you can practice “zero waste” in your daily life!

Panel: How South Sound Businesses Invest in the Planet and Their Communities
Panelists: Shannon Ellis-Brock, Chief Operating Officer of Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union; Zakiya Cita, owner of The Chayah Movement; William Rehe, Co-Founder of Green Harbor Communities; and Oliver Stormshak, Co-Owner and Master Roaster of Olympia Coffee Roasting

How can local businesses work to be more environmentally sustainable, and how do sustainable local businesses impact and benefit their communities? Four local business leaders will explore the connections between place, community, the planet, and local economies.

Self-Care for Sustainability
Casey Hubbell, Yoga Wild
It has been said that we cannot reliably take care of someone else if we haven’t taken care of ourselves first. The same applies to relationships, work, caring for the environment or participating in a social movement. To have the greatest impact and sustain our purpose, we need to take care of our most essential resource: ourselves.

Yoga Wild’s Casey Hubbell will discuss what real self-care looks like, including practice of breathing and mindfulness techniques as well as leading some gentle movement and postures.

​Environmental Protection & Justice Opportunities for the Tacoma Tideflats
Erin Dilworth & Kenny Coble, Citizens for a Healthy Bay
Inclusive and equitable civic engagement processes yield policy decisions that are more sustainable, integrated, and representative of the needs of Tacoma’s diverse community. Citizens for a Healthy Bay address the tools you need to become an effective advocate for the policies that will best help shape our collective vision for a vibrant, healthy community.

Green Infrastructure Walk
City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Science & Engineering Division
Have you ever walked down the Prairie Line Trail or Pacific Ave and admired the landscaping? Beyond looking visually pleasing, these elements do so much more to protect the Puget Sound and limit the impact that Tacoma’s built environment has on our natural one. Join the City’s Environmental Services team on a green infrastructure tour of downtown Tacoma to learn how green infrastructure design can reduce pollutant runoff, restore habitat, and conserve water.

Kids Corner & Family Activities

Arts & Crafts with the Tacoma Nature CenterAnimal & Plant Exhibit with the Slater MuseumScavenger Hunt around the Expo to win prizes! & More!

Screen Printing

Every year attendees give new life to an old shirt, bag or other cloth item by screen printing a great design on it.

Check out a couple screen print designs below.

Check out 2018’s screen print designs and colors!