Regenerate & Recycle: Jede Dose zählt takes part in Calle Libre

Regenerate & Recycle: Jede Dose zählt takes part in Calle Libre 2560 1707 Matina Zavoudaki

For the first time, Jede Dose zählt partnered with the Calle Libre street art festival where 38 international artists from 18 countries jointly designed an area on the theme of “Regeneration”.

©Jolly Schwarz / Calle Libre

On the old Nordwestbahnhof in Vienna, where in about a year a new neighborhood will be developed, 2.500 square meters where painted with 648 liters of paint and 1.400 spray cans to address the important matter of sustainability and healthy ecosystems. With that, the festival was the perfect fit for Jede Dose zählt who participated with its first Pixelata.

 ©Jede Dose zählt / Stefan Diesner

Street art specifically, has always had a set thought process: from questioning, to criticizing, and highlighting grievances on a wide variety of socially relevant issues. Through artistic interpretation, the festival wanted to draw attention to the fact that environmental protection and ecosystem restoration should start being of relevance to all of us. It is not enough to be sustainable, now we must look at regeneration.

The visitors of the festival that was going on for a whole week were invited to join live painting sessions, workshops and guided tours. Together with concerts from local and international bands in the evenings, the festival attracted almost 20.000 people. Jede Dose zählt was not only taking part creatively, but also with a team of recycling ambassadors who informed people about can recycling and helped them understand the importance of a circular world.

Upcycling contest: Jede Dose zählt & HTL Bregenz school showcase the many faces of recycling

Upcycling contest: Jede Dose zählt & HTL Bregenz school showcase the many faces of recycling 1902 569 adminEirini

Environmental protection is an intergenerational project that is about each and every individual being able to contribute to a more sustainable planet. One way is to properly separate waste in order to bring back recyclables into their cycle. Especially with drinks cans, this is crucial because recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy than producing new material. In addition, beverage cans can be recycled infinitely and turn into new cans or a wide range of other products. To show the broad possibilities and use cases our team Jede Dose zählt organized an upcycling challenge at the technical school HTL Bregenz in Austria.

Group photo_Sieger_(c) HTL Bregenz

“It was not easy, but I learned a lot”

All students were invited to create something new (and maybe useful) from empty beverage cans collected in their school – with no limits to creativity. In the end, a jury awarded prizes to the most extraordinary ideas. First place went to Marc and Ali for their “Cancrusher 2000”. Their main goal was to not only create something new out of cans but to produce something that helps in the recycling process of cans. Second prize was won by Alexa, who built a ship out of almost 30 cans. Third and fourth place went to Niklas, Maximilian and Patrick for a can smoker and a mini grill. All students agreed that the challenge was not easy, but they gained a lot of knowledge about aluminium and its characteristics. Anyhow it was worth the work. The lucky winners have been awarded attractive prizes – from aluminium bicycles to skiing passes.

Every Can Counts at HTL Bregenz

Already last year, HTL Bregenz – a school in the western part of Austria – started the cooperation with our team Jede Dose zählt. After a survey among their students, they saw a large interest in recycling projects and contacted the recycling initiative. Branded bins and posters inform students about drink can recycling and offer them the possibility to collect this precious raw material in separate bins in order to keep the cycle of recycling going.