Cardboard armchairs and lamps made of garbage. “Ecograd-2017” surprises Voronezh residents

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Картонные кресла и светильники из мусора. Чем удивил воронежцев «Экоград-2017»
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The festival participants presented unusual ways of handling waste.
Participants of Voronezh Festival “Ecograd-2017” presented regional and capital projects on waste management, resource saving and energy efficiency on Monday, June 5. Interior items made of recyclable materials, solar batteries, eco-boxes for the disposal of batteries and light bulbs were exhibited at “The Alley of Green Technologies” exhibition in City Park “Grad”. The most remarkable moments of “Ecograd-2017” are in the cover of RIA “Voronezh.”

Spotlights

Things considered rubbish by the majority of people are interior items for the designers of Voronezh workshop “Tvorchesky Tsekh” (“Creative Workshop”). The workshop artisans give the second life to the recycled materials in their unusual handicrafts. The unique objects, made of waste, were given the largest space at the exhibition.

“We cannot even give names to many of the details used in our spotlights, since we do not know what they were before. Sometimes, we walk down a street and notice a weird thing under your feet, whether it is a car spare part, or a sanitary ware element, or a piece of a washing machine or a refrigerator motor. But the thing is so unusual that you involuntarily pick it up and carry it to the workshop, Maria Zhidkikh, the Creative Workshop designer, told the correspondent of RIA “Voronezh”.

Some details, styled on interior items, can be recognized in the exposition of the design workshop. Curved nails, a wire, a painted oak stump, a hydraulic hose turned into stylish floor standing luminaries.



The stand to one of the illumination tools was a concrete composition made of human hands. The basis of its form were ordinary rubber gloves, in which the designers poured concrete.

Furniture

The unique cardboard armchairs – a small one and a large one – were especially liked by the young guests of the festival. This furniture, glued from linoleum roll cores, is able to withstand the weight of an adult.



- I have been creating art things made of recyclables for more than ten years. In Voronezh, we are the only company working in this direction. In Holland, there are hundreds of such workshops. They even have a notion of “preservation of design heritage”. Designers create art objects only from recyclables. Thus, branding of the city is born, an architectural and art workshop head, Andrey Kozlov, said.

Container for hazardous waste

The All-Russian Environmental Protection Social Project “Ecobox” authors presented at the exhibition special boxes for collection and storage of hazardous household waste: batteries, mercury thermometers, fluorescent and LED lamps. The containers are made of extra strong metal and have an anti-vandal design. Poisonous fumes cannot come into the air thanks to the special ecological inner covering of the box. Hazardous waste falls inside the container along an inclined shelf, so the contents of the eco-boxes are not broken.



One container is designed to accept 10 kg of batteries and 350 light bulbs and thermometers.

- Our specialists once take the contents of the containers to specialized recycling and demercurization plants every two weeks. The installation of the eco-boxes is free, the service costs 5 thousand rubles a month. Usually, the containers service costs are assumed by management companies, Nikita Zakharov, Ecobox project head, said.

Today, eco-boxes are installed in ten regions of Russia, and the authors of the project hope that they appear on the streets of Voronezh and the region by the end of the summer of 2017.

Medicinal herbs and snails

“Ecograd” organizers prepared interactive venues for kids. Young ecologists were able to visit various master classes and take part in scientific experiments. The kids examined the head of a mosquito, a fir needle, a ten-ruble coin under a microscope.



At the neighboring site, the guests were suggested smelling spicy greens with their eyes shut or participating in a quiz checking their knowledge of medicinal herbs and berries.



The kids were very interested in African snails, which could be patted, fed. The kids could also learn where the snail’s eyes and ears were.



“Ecograd” also hosted a photo exhibition “Animal Life Secrets,” which included pictures taken in the Khopersky Reserve.

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