Germany’s first ShirtMob

Dienstag, April 24th, 2012 -

What to do with worn T-shirts, that accompanied you in various living situation, but are not of any function for you anymore? That’s right – You can exchange them during Germany’s first ShirtMob! Next Friday, the 27th of April a huge shirt swapping action will take place at Berlin Alexanderplatz.

Initiated by Beyond Berlin and ReShirt this event presents an alternative Recycling concept that will be great fun for all participants! Instead of throwing your old T-shirts into the garbage, you have the possibility to make someone else happy with it and you do something for the environment! Not only the shirt, but also the story connected to it will be passed on.

ReShirt collects worn T-shirts with a special story and helps finding the next owner. Those shirts are labelled with a ReShirt logo and a serial number and from then on can start their second life. Experiences are shared online and can be followed by old and new owner.

Famous Alexanderplatz is going to be the ShirtMob’s first location. Clueless by-passers will be surprised when all those people will start swapping their shirts at the same time. In the centre of consumption, ReShirt’s goal is to present an alternative to the disposable mentality that characterizes the fashion industry and expand the lifecycle of individual garments.

“We want as many people to show up to swap shirts next Friday. People who share a similar mindset and enjoy spontaneous events like this,” says Lara Schillings, former Beyond Berlin intern who worked on the ShirtMob idea together with Frans Prins.

So come and bring all your friends to join the first ShirtMob in Berlin and make a statement!

When & Where

Friday, 27th of April 2012
16:30 gather in front of the cinema Cinestar, find a partner
16:55 move towards world time clock, spread out
17:00 ShirtMob

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Banksy’s ironic attacks on consumer culture

Montag, Dezember 12th, 2011 -

Recently, a few new, consume-critical works by the famous street-artist Banksy popped up in the streets. With a mix of smooth irony and dark sarcasm, he’s irritating the consumer masses and those who are persuading them.. “Sorry, the lifestyle that you ordered is currently out of stock”.

Meanwhile, Banksy has become one of the most popular contemporary artists, his works are sold for hundred thousands of euros and his stencil icons used or copied in advertising, fashion and trend forecast blogs.

We’re living in a time where critical consumerism is an integral part of an urban intellectual creative socially-aware hipster lifestyle in which we like a consumer-bashing Banksy artwork on facebook and next day go shopping some cool new must-have-trousers. Where we support #occupywallstreet with our tweets and meanwhile keep our money flowing at the same old banks (yes, you can change that). Also, a time where we’re dreaming of a post-consumer-era where smart consumers reclaim power over their products again.

Maybe Banksy actually means the global mind of crisis is pushing some of the most posh swimming-pool-on-my-rooftop lifestyles to be out, out, out…

Or maybe he just provoked: “even my well-receipted radical punk-ass got sold on auctions, but as long as walls eat my graffiti people buy my art and I keep getting more famous.” It’s nothing more then the best pop-art artists like Andy Warhol have created us: a post-consumer consumer-culture built on it’s own ironic icons. That’s in line with the Kate Moss portrait by Banksy in Warhol-style. And it might just be in your digital shopping wagon tomorrow!

Happy Christmas shopping!

Via: Artschoolvets via Highsnobiety via Wooster.

More about Banksy on wikipedia, or just go shopping.

 

Four Paws publishes ‘Poison in fur’ report

Donnerstag, Dezember 8th, 2011 -

On behalf of the animal welfare foundation Four Paws, EcoAid by Manfred Krautter tested whether furs in fashion can affect the health of consumers or sales staff. And as some might think furs are natural products, they do actually contain a lot of different chemical substances that can harm your body. As if the fur industry itself isn’t cruel enough, fur-bearing animals kept and killed in terrible conditions, this is a danger that comes on top of all this. Hardly any investigations have been made before although evidence of toxic chemicals was found in related product groups such as leather.

In an independent specialist laboratory various fur products, such as collars and scarves were tested. The result: children’s clothing with fur edging contained the most poisonous substances (a child’s jacket from Airfield Young Generation) and almost all of the mink, fox and raccoon furs are contaminated with chemicals that are hazardous to health.

It is now up to German’s Government and the EU to pass a law concerning legal limits for fur products, this is what Four Paws and EcoAid suggest in their conclusion. So far no specific legal limits exist.

“As a preventive measure to protect their health and for the protection of animals consumer should not buy fur products.”
We very much agree!

 

For the English report click here

For the complete study in German ‘Gift im Pelz’ click here

 

Image by Holly Dinsdale