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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 😉 )

Podcast TV

Trash_TV_Elisa

This is a broken TV I found in the street. I connected the old, but still functioning, speakers to a new amplifier so that we could use the hole object as an Audio Installation for the No-PLAY Feminist training Camp exhibition in the NGBK. This will be use to play the Podcasts that will be produced during the feminist training camp, from 21. Mai to 24. Juni 2016.

Fantastik Plastik

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.

 

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.