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Remix El Barrio: food waste turned into clothes, vases and dog treats

Linz, Austria, Sep 11 (EFE).- “Olive pits — garbage or treasure?” It is a question that a Barcelona initiative has run with, producing jackets, vases or dog biscuits from food waste.

The Remix El Barrio won the STARTS prize for the Innovative Collaboration awarded by the European Commission as part of the Ars Electronica festival, which runs in the Austrian city of Linz until Sunday

It is the biggest festival in the world dedicated to the connections between art, technology and society.

“Remix el Barrio began two years ago with the idea of promoting co-creation in Poblenou and to see how the circular economy can be implemented,” Marion Real, one of the initiative’s two coordinators, told Efe.

Some 260,000 tons of food is thrown away annually in Catalonia, which would cover the needs of 500,000 people every year.

In a bid to reverse the situation, Remix El Barrio decided to reuse nine different organic elements to demonstrate what can be done with what is normally considered “useless”.

Among the objects on display are a textile collection that includes a long jacket made from orange peel, paper made of coffee bean husks, lamps made with olive pits and pet snacks from restaurant food waste.

Despite publishing tutorials on their YouTube channel explaining the process, Remix El Barrio aims at raise awareness of the amount of food waste and the infinite possibilities it offers. EFE


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