Fashion students design bags to help church group, New Yorkers cope with plastic bag ban

Casey Phillips working on a bagALBANY — It may be a heavy burden for them to carry out, but Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School students are making light work of a project to help a local non-profit organization raise money and help shoppers overcome the state’s plastic bag ban.

Students in the Capital Region BOCES Global Fashion program are designing and making reusable bags for the Creation Care Team at St. Thomas Church in Bethlehem.

“It’s fun coming up with a design for the to work with and it’s great gaining the experience,” said   Casey Phillips, a junior in the fashion program from Scotia-Glenville Central School District.’

So far, Philips has developed two different artwork designs for the bags. Meanwhile, classmates and teacher Chloe Perazzelli spent a recent morning designing and developing the patterns from which students will make the bags.

“It’s good for the environment and it’s helping a good cause,” added Isabella Nicholas, a fashion student from Niskayuna.

Capital Region BOCES Counselor Eileen Coffey – who brought the work-based learning project to the fashion program – said the students’ designs will be brought to the church group and a final decision will be made on which design to choose, how many bags to order, etc.

“Everything is still in the concept stage, but the kids will help this move forward,” she said.