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Upcycling Plastic Bags in La Comanda a Granel, Valencia (Spain)

My friends form la Comanda a granel in Valencia asked me to give an informative and creative workshop with and about plastics bags. La Comanda is a concept store that tries to sell their groceries with the least pakaging possible. They encourage their customers to bring their own empty container and refill them there.

We had two really cosy evenings and discussed about the advantages and problems of plastics. Afterwards we had two hours to be creative, experimenting and designing of our own products made out of plastic bags.

It was interesting to see the huge amount of plastic bags La Comanda collected for the workshops in just two days! Friends and customers had been passing by and giving away their old plastic bags. We had way too many for our workshop, even though each participant used only an average of 3 to 5 plastic bags. This shows how people like to hold on to their old plastic bags and collect them and reuse them in their kitchens, but also how we still have to work more intensively in the reduction of the amount of plastic bags we take in the first place from supermarkets and stores (as we can’t upcycle all the trash we produce 😉 )

Some impressions from the Feminist Repair Café | NGBK Workshop

Thanks to all who came to the Feminist Repair Cafe on Saturday, 21. May, and big thanks to the No play – feminist training camp group for making it possible! (check the Facebook event)

On Saturday, 21. May I organized the first feminist Repair Café in the exhibition space of the NGBK, Berlin. With experts Elektra & Flora Könemann.

Together we tried to repair small appliances like broken radios, lamps, headphones, tea kettles, CD players, hand blenders, mobile phones, etc (no printers / TVs / amplifiers – because there is not enough time and we don’t have the appropriate tools). Every participant could bring 1 to 2 broken things.

*** Why a Feminist Repair Café? ***
Without the volunteering “experts” the Repair Cafés would not exist. But unfortunately there is still too often the case that men are reinforced as experts of soldering iron and women in repairing the sewing machines. In our Feminist Repair Café we want to break these gender structures and create a space where women, lesbians, Inter and Trans* people would also engage and stand in the foreground of the electric field and act as “experts”; where they help each other in repairing stuff and inspire others to take on this otherwise male dominated area.

More about the No play – feminist training camp: /

For more general information about the Repair Café movement see: (Germany)

14 May Upcycling Workshop in Hamelin

This weekend I’ll be taking part in the Youth-Environmental Festival (Jugendumweltfestival) Trashbusters (Hamelin) giving a Plastic Bag Upcycling Workshop.
The festival is organized by  NAJU, the slogan:  Together against the plasticflood!:

TrashbustersLogo_16Gemeinsam gegen die Plastikflut!

Alles klar? Bei vielen Seen, Flüssen und anderen Gewässern ist das leider nicht so. Viel zu viel Müll landet im Wasser, vor allem Plastiktüten, Plastikflaschen und andere Plastikabfälle. Wir wollen das ändern. Du auch? Dann komm zum bundesweiten NAJU-Camp nach Hameln! Dort gibt es an Pfingsten 2016 jede Menge spannende Workshops zu Gewässer- und Ressourcenschutz, Naturschutz zum Anpacken und viele kreative Angebote. Und natürlich werden viele Gleichgesinnte beim Camp dabei sein, mit denen du am Seeufer oder am Lagerfeuer entspannen und bei der Silent Disco abrocken kannst. Wir freuen uns auf dich!

Seminar and Workshops for the Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr Berlin | Dec.15

In December 2015 I was invited to represent Kunst-Stoffe and give a seminar in the context of the Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr, a program where teenagers do a one year internship in a chosen ecological-organization.

After a presentation about plastics and the solutions to its environmental impact, the group was split into two. One group upcycled plastic bags while the other used old newspapers to braid paper-baskets and boxes.

Potsdamer Umweltfest | 27.09.2015

In September 2015 me and my colleague Joaquina were invited to the Potsdamer Umweltfest to do an upcycling workshop with plastic bags. A lot of kids and parents participated and made all kinds of colorful products out of the plastic bags.

Musical instrument workshop in the Bundeskanzleramt | 29-30.8.15

In August 2015 Kunst-Stoffe was invited to give an upcycling workshop for the “Tag der offenen Tür” in the Bundeskanzleramt. In the workshop we built musical instruments out of waste material brought from the Kunst-Stoffe Lager.

We also built a smaller stage with a microphone, two loudspeakers and D.I.Y amplifiers, where the kids could play with their new, self-made instruments.