Her work outside of the show proves just as impressive. She made "Plashion," a gorgeous 6-look line showcasing plastic bags and recycled materials, to raise awareness about the danger of single-use plastics. Her models turned the streets of downtown Boston into their runway, donning trash pick-up tools called "selfless sticks," a play on the selfie stick.
"They walked as a group, kind of like a pool of fish, and picked up trash," Robertson explains. "It was amazing—people were taking pictures with their phones and asking me questions about it. I saw in that moment how you could attract attention using fashion."
She hopes Project Runway will help her start more environmental conversations using clothing. With her eyes set on MIT's Media Lab, a design hub dreaming up better-for-the-planet tech, she's looking to explore new eco-materials like Bionic Yarn, made from recycled water bottles, as well as produce some of her own.
"I want to create a business that is very true to my aesthetic but has a really intense sustainable backbone to it. It's actually pretty challenging—it's going to be a really fun research period to figure out how to do it."