Under the motto “Plastic Mountains”, a group of activists set out to cross the Alps - and set an example with costumes made from plastic waste.
- Anyone who soon sees a hiking group trudging through the district in a somewhat strange outfit should simply address the young people: They could be members of the "Impact Revolution" group.
You are setting out on Sunday in Munich to cross the Alps - in costumes made from plastic waste.
They want to draw attention to the problem of plastic pollution - as publicly as possible.
Costumes for crossing the Alps were made from plastic waste
A total of around 25 people take part in the tour, who take turns hiking on four stages.
Distinguishing marks are her costumes, specially tailored by a team around the designer Johanna Alscheken.
"These are rucksack covers that we have designed from everything that occurs as plastic waste in everyday life," reports the spokeswoman for "Impact Revolution", Marlene Stoll.
For the upcoming “Plastic Mountain” campaign, a crossing of the Alps from Munich to Venice, designer Johanna Alscheken made eye-catching costumes out of plastic waste.
© Lia Bardhele
Visually, the fashion creations should be reminiscent of coral reefs.
"From behind you will then see the costumes with two legs on the bottom and maybe the head on top," says Stoll.
When tailoring, it was also important that the hikers do not lose any of the plastic parts on the way.
Because that would by no means be in the interests of the group, which is currently advertising for enjoying nature without leaving rubbish behind.
Impact Revolution: The garbage problem is literally being carried over the mountains
For the organization, the unusual clothing is its very own way of drawing attention critically, but also creatively and artistically, to a major problem of our time: the tons of plastic waste that threatens the environment in a variety of ways.
"To illustrate the absurdity of the problem, we literally carry it over the mountains from Munich to Venice," says Marlene Stoll.
This should symbolize the arduous, long road to solving the plastic question as well as the fact that a large part of the plastic waste ends up in the sea.
This is also where the activists' path leads.
If everything goes according to plan, they will arrive in Venice on August 18th.
Via Grünwald, Wolfratshausen, Bad Tölz and Jachenau to Vorderriß
At the same time you move through the sensitive nature that needs to be protected.
The group crosses the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district completely from north to south.
Coming from Grünwald and Icking, it goes through Wolfratshausen, along the Isar to Bad Tölz and, among other things, over Benediktenwand and Jachenau towards Vorderriß.
According to Marlene Stoll, on the Isar, for example, rags of rubber dinghies in the water or the pollution of the fish by microplastics are problems that people want to draw attention to.
With their eye-catching rucksack covers, the hikers want to attract attention and invite people to talk.
On the other hand, a documentation for the Internet is to be created from photos and videos, with which an even larger audience can be reached.
Bike tour to Paris with a plastic flamingo in tow
Several online discussion events are also planned along the way;
the first of these on Thursday, July 15th.
Then the hikers talk about lifestyle, consumption and plastic while taking a break at the Tutzinger hut at the foot of the Benediktenwand.
Other events will, among other things, address the question of how plastic waste increases social inequality in the world or affects people's health.
The action under the title “Plastic Mountains” is not the first opportunity at which the group “Impact Revolution” appears in public.
A bike tour by Clara Bütow from Berlin from Berlin to Paris with a large flamingo made of plastic garbage in tow also met with great media coverage.
"Impact Revolution" association has over 30 members across Europe
As Marlene Stoll reports, the first “Impact Revolution” activists got together in 2018 and started collecting rubbish.
In the meantime, the association has grown to over 30 colleagues, most of them around the age of 30. They are spread across different European countries - partly because their friends for work and study ended up in London, Vienna, Milan or Madrid, partly because over social media today can easily attract international comrades-in-arms.
Anyone who would like to support the project with “crowdfunding” can do so at www.startnext.com/en/plastic-mountains.
According to spokeswoman Marlene Stoll, the proceeds will be used for the most part for the preparation of the film and video material for a documentation, but also for the organization of the online events, to cover expenses for the plastic costumes and to support the overnight stays of the hikers in DAV huts.
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