best before objects ︎︎︎ created from street litter, 2nd-hand goods and rubbish 

The project includes a range of products that will gradually be available in the shop.
︎︎︎ shop link

It is wrong to outsource responsibility to private individuals. Waste is a design flaw and a political failure. It is the result of corruption, greed and short-sightedness.
Garbage disposal has become one of the main sources of income for many mafias. Estimated to be more than 50 billion euros annually. Their companies receive EU funds for professional disposal. But instead, the garbage has been sunk, buried and burned in the sea for decades. This has a proven impact on local population health, marine and land-based species extinction and much more. This illegal disposal also includes nuclear waste.

“More than 100 ships are said to have been sunk in the Mediterranean Sea with poisons and radioactive material on board.”

[Quote: ARD Germany, 2018 / google translated]

The idea was developed together with Studio Gianni Plus and is now being continued separately due to physical distance. Our shared lack of understanding for a throwaway society was confronted with extremely visible garbage during a time together in Barcelona. Valuable materials, curiosities, furniture and other objects could always be found on the streets. We decided to collect these treasures and bring them back to life. “Best Before” is intended to question how long things actually last. Why and when they lose their value. And at which point we don't care where they end up.

best before object 001

>urban seat cushion<

A seat cushion for indoors and outdoors. Stackable, washable, robust and light. The filling is replaceable, also hygienic and natural. This object can even swim.

D 56 cm, 800g, limited to 7 pieces

︎︎︎ material
01 Awning, found on the street. [Penitents, Barcelona, 05/14/21]
     Robust, tear-resistant, water-repellent, two-tone
02 Kapok Filling, 2nd Hand. [Mangfallplatz, Munich, 06/02/22]
     Natural fibers, hygienic and water-repellent, extra light
03 Thread and Labels, bought. [as much as possible in local shops]

︎︎︎ effort
Investment of 194€ and 144 hours of work. 7 available objects result in less than 1.27€/h income.

© Benedikt Peirotén 2021