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Seeking to return to its artistic roots, the Mother City Queer Project appointed designer Heath Nash as creative director for 2007. Continuing the ethos of his famed Other People's Rubbish collection, Nash approached the party with a "reuse and recycle" attitude. Nash's décor was made using repurposed waste materials that could also be separated for post-party recycling.
However, the impetus spilled over to the rest of the event. Bio-degradable products were used, party patrons were encouraged to "dispose" of their costumes in a used-costume bin destined for recycling, and a prize was awarded to the best costume made out of recycled materials. Avoiding air flight, a party train also transported a large contingent of supporters between Jo'burg and Cape Town.
"It's the first step towards a green event. You know, it's very hard to put on a green event, there's a whole lot of stuff and time that is involved. Next year we could take it further," said Nash.