Everyone turns to look at a June bride, but it’s not often one turns up at a plastics and medical devices trade show. So Bella was turning even more heads than the average bride at the Medical Design & Manufacturing East trade show last month in New York.
“Bella the Bride” is a wedding-gown-sculpture/sustainability-message project by Beacon Converters and DuPont Co.’s Protection Solutions, made entirely out of discarded Tyvek medical packaging and designed by Nancy Judd, an artist and environmental educator who creates couture fashion from trash.
Aimed at getting healthcare companies to say “I do” to material recovery and sustainability and named for the wife of Beacon founder William Francis Daly, Bella’s train is covered with more than 400 flowers, also made from discarded Tyvek, a high density polyethylene material that is a sterile barrier protection used for medical devices and supplies and in protective suits for healthcare workers.
The flowers were handmade by healthcare industry professionals from hospitals, manufacturers and educational institutions around the U.S., the companies said.