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Berlin Tüt Was – The Exhibition

The Successful Campaign which Raised Awareness of Plastic Bags and which Made it to the Guinness Book of Records in 2014, is Back with a Photographic Exhibition.

June 09th, 2016

Every day in Berlin 710,000 plastic bags are given away at shops counters. Most of them are thrown away after a single use, and are incinerated with other household waste. This is problematic for the environment and consumes enormous amounts of resources. In order to draw attention to the resulting pollution of the environment, the Stiftung Naturschutz (Nature Conservation Foundation), along with the BSR and the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German Environmental Aid), organized in 2014 a collection campaign called “Berlin tüt was!”.

At more than 70 collection points spread out throughout the city, more than 30.000 plastic bags were collected – the amount usually given away in Berlin within an hour – which they then exchanged for reusable bags. At Tempelhofer Feld, participants then built the longest chain made of plastic bags, an event that led them to end up on the Guinness Book of Records. After the campaign, Gerhard Baer created two sculptures with the collected plastic bags, which have since been displayed at several exhibitions.

A new exhibition about the campaign will take place from June 8th to June 24th at the Wendelsaal des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin (Spiral Hall of the Berlin House of Representatives), where pictures of the campaign and of the bad effects of plastic bags on the environment will be displayed. The exhibition will be open from Monday to Friday, from 09.00 to 18.00, and admission is free of charge.


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Laura Serra, Berlin Global