Nana Petzet – The SBF-System

With the introduction of the Green Dot by the DSD (Duales System Deutschland) in 1992, the recycling of sales packaging was propagated as the solution of all waste disposal problems, even though for example in the sector of drinks packaging, there was already a well-functioning system of returnable and reusable bottles in place. The avoidance of waste and reuse systems took a backseat. The CPR system, my counter model, takes as a point of departure the term »valuable recyclable material « propagated by DSD. If the trash marked with a greed dot is really »valuable material« for which I have paid, then why should I nor recycle it myself and designate a new use for it? Our household was thus transformed into an experimental plant, a combination of trash collection point, recycling plant, and reuse company. During a six-month stay in Reykjavík (October 1997–April 1998), I conducted the experiment »living according to the CPR system« and collected all sales packaging in our four-person household, cleaned, stored and turned it into objects of daily use which I integrated into my household. At the end of the experiment, I invited people to view the apartment, and I documented the extensive trash collection in the attic, the numerous collection points in the kitchen, and the homemade household effects.
If we compare the environmental aspects, the CPR system is far superior to DSD. While the plastics recycling of DSD turns out to be a technically and energetically highly elaborate transformation of a high-value product into a product with considerably worse characteristics, the materials directly processed as part of the CPR system retains its high value in a quite sustainable process: minimal distribution distances, low energy use (apart from human labour, which does not play a role in eco-balances), hardly any toxic emissions, no noise.
Above all, the spread of the CPR system can contribute decisively to avoiding trash in the first place. Because once a household is equipped with several waste-bins made of plastic bags, wall carpets made of milk cartons, and soap dishes made of champagne corks, and all one’s relations and friends have been similarly equipped, the question of avoiding trash is once again raised with great urgency.
Text: Nana Petzet

Fr. 13. July to Su. 15. July ETF! welcomes the summer holidays and says goodbye from Bonn

Friday, 13 July 2018, 16.00 to 24.00 h Artificial walks, bed sheet cinema under stars, clogs and clowns

Saturday, 14 July, 14.00 hrs Family Tours and Planting Campaign

July 15, 11.30 a.m.
Finissage tour with individual ETF! artists from the region


The 17th edition of ETF was opened on April 18th in Bonn.

Ehemalige Volkshochschule
Kasernenstraße 50
53111 Bonn

NEW Duration: 19.4.-15.7.2018

Opening times:
Wed-Fri: 4pm – 8pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 5pm
also on bank holidays

Free Entry!

A contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2018 and the German Sustainability Action Days 2018 (30.5.-5.6.)


ETF! was awarded "Best international exhibition in Chile in 2017" by the Chilean Circle of Art Critics.

Pictures of ETF! 2017 in Parque Cultural de Valparaiso, Chile can be seen here .


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