Some upcycled examples I brought from Berlin
Berta and Laia helping to set up the space
Hands on: fusing the plastic bags
Cleaning the iron machine
The concept store of La comanda a granel
Happy with their new upcycled smartphone cases
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 😉 )
Here you can see step by step how to do a honeycomb-ball made out of plastic bags. Honeycombs balls are usually made out of paper and there are a lot of really good tutorials out there: Read More
Examples for the Workshops
Smartphone hard cover
two sheets are now welded together
Honeycomb ball is ready!
Plastiktüten aus HDPE/ LDPE (High/ Low density Polyethylen) verwandeln wir in wasserfeste Buch-Cover, CD-Hüllen oder Laptop-Taschen.
Polyethylen ist ein Thermoplastik, das sehr einfach “upcycelt” werden kann, weil es sich unter hoher Temperatur neu verbindet. Leider landen aber jährlich Tonnen von diesem Material im Müll oder im Meer. Aber auch wenn wir es nicht wollen, finden wir trotzdem die Einweg-Plastiktüten immer wieder in unseren Küchen! Anstatt sie in die gelbe Tonne zu werfen,wollen wir sie upcyclen und coole Produkte daraus machen. So verlängern wir auch das kurze Leben der Plastiktüten.
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.
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.
Our stand with examples
Plastic bag from 1987!
A bag for pencils
The ökotwins 😉