SM(ART) RECYCLING : JAPANESE ARTIST TRANSFORMS ALUMINUM BEER CANS TO POP ART

How would you react if you knew someone who drinks beer, takes the aluminum cans then transforms it into art ?

Well this japanese artist, MACAON is the kind of person who does this kind of thing. From basic and used aluminum materials he imitates well known characters like Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, Gundam robots, Pikachu and even a cool mask of Dark Vader !

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The fun thing about this artist is that most of his works are imitations of already famous characters which allows a wider understanding and appreciation from the public’s point of view. Although each of this figure doesn’t represent a deep meaning, the message that Macaon transmits, directly or indirectly, is to wake up the collective consciousness of recycling ; as the world consumes more, it is in our best interest to stop wasting basic materials and start thinking new strategies as to reusing them better. We live in world where beer cans can be transformed into your favorite cartoon, movie or animated character.

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Totoro figure by Macaon

As you can see, aluminum beer cans here are reused in a sophistic way and are not wasted. Without basic and flexible material like aluminum, consuming society like ours would have difficulties to satisfy our needs. Simple gestures like recycling aluminum cans can lead to a better future and that is what Macaon’s creativeness can influence to later generations.

It’s amazing how a common material like aluminum can have different types of uses. That is exactly what Shanghai Metal Corporation can provide you !

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Shipping Container Beer Garden – Sacramento’s Little Germany

Thanks to the trade deficit with China, the ports of the USA are filled used shipping containers that are rarely sent back to their original destinations. Luckily people have found a way to use them in, say, housing, retailing and restaurant business. One instance is a container beer garden in Sacramento.

The German style Biergarten is built out of two shipping containers that are welded together. A 40 ft container operates as a kitchen, bar, storage and an ordering station. Another 20 ft container is attached to operate as a restroom.

Der Biergarten is at K and 24th streets. The outdoor watering hole will serve 32 draft beers, but not mass-market beer. It also will offer a light menu of traditional German food.

The construction needed also some reinforcement materials. Paneling was done with stainless steel and diamond plate aluminum was used in flooring. They used 6-inch tiles to cover the space between the walls and the floor.

The Biergarten sells 32 different draft beers and and traditional German food including German sausage that in procured from Sacramento’s German butcher. This open-air beer garden closes at 9 pm from Sundays to Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays they close an hour later. They are closed on rainy days.

 

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Are some things just useless?

There are many things in our life that we don’t really need so that we can survive. They are just here, they entertain us, some people find it useful, some older people might have a skeptical mimics on their faces and some are just obsessed with buying all of those most of the time not necessary things.

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Are you always the one who is standing  over the grill, checking the meat and the rest of family members just chill in the garden and wait for their steaks and hamburgers? Then you will be happy that Grazing grill was made.

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A Grazing grill is a metal based and framed table for six people with an integrated two-burner gas grill in the middle. So everybody can cook their favourite meal at the same time while sitting together. You can sit wherever you want thanks to the grill along the table. What is more you can remove the top of this table and make more space for your plates and trays.

A beer briefcase for beer-drinking Pro

Do you think that walking around with six-pack of beers doesn’t look very fancy? Then you should probably look for this beer briefcase! It has designated slots that nestle around each bottle around a layer of protective foam. From the outside, a beer briefcase looks like every other briefcase for carrying important documents and office supplies. This shiny metal shell briefcase has even dual combination locks. Let’s get party started in the office!

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The Naked Beer That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Surely a package design tells us more than we could imagine. As the Chinese saying goes “You eat first with your eyes, then your nose, then your mouth”. In the beverage label design this is not different. Wine bottle is usually what gets more attention when it comes to label design, leaving popular small run craft beers behind.

But with US craft breweries embracing aluminum cans the fate of beer cans have changed dramatically. Aluminum is the perfect raw material since it provides a cheap, impact-resistant, recyclable packaging. Protection against light which could spoil the very carefully selected aroma of the beer can be minimized by using aluminum cans. Beverage poisoning when in contact with aluminum is also avoided by a water-based polymer coating process.

As a result of the trend for home breweries and craft beers we have sees an explosion of inventive, creative and original label designs. Following the wave of beer can designs, Russia-based designer Timur Salikhov takes the beer packaging to the next level by introducing the Naked Premium Beer. The idea behind the Naked Premium Beer is to show the beer on the inside of a can. He puts “sweat marks” on the cans, meant to instantly quench thirst in the viewer.

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The Naked Premium Beer is only one out of many examples of clever merchandising strategy. The Naked Premium Beer canister is not a de facto transparent can that has nothing to hide and everything to boast with its appealing cold, delicious and perfect foamy beer. The artist uses printing and visual effect to give a convincing picture of what is inside the Naked Premium Beer. “There are many beer cans with different design. And there is only one that shows what really is inside. Why hide what good beer looks like?”, says Salikhov. So when one looks carefully at the beer can he/she will then realize they have been tricked. But too late unfortunately, after having your mouth water already.

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Other less tricky are the top 10 coolest-looking beer cans from the most artisanal craft breweries to the brewing giants of MillerCoors featured on Thrillist by CraftCans.com guru and Canned! US author Russ Phillips.

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The Lux Device That Froths Your Beer To Perfection

To beer enthusiasts a head of foam is not only an aesthetic element. The foam carries a ‘trigeminal’ sensation, which gives a completely different mouth feel and body to the beer. Like capsaicin, the compound responsible for chillies’ spiciness or menthol for its cooling sensation and the fizzy feeling of carbonated beverages. Beer foam is carbonation in other words, hence a trigeminal sensation –  so it’s a tactile like you feel.

Tricks to give the perfect foam to your beer involve creating bubbles by briskly pouring the drink into the glass with a bit of splash. Although this process will give you foam, it will be destroyed by big bubbles and low density. Another trick is to add CO2 in the beer or, for a more creamy foam, nitrogen gas and nitrogen will also work wonders by “softening” the overall palate.

Rather complicated to DIY at home, Danish design studio Norm Architects (for the design brand Menu) just made your life even better. They created the Beer Foamer that separates the foam-making process from the pouring process, in order to give you that creamy, fluffy, crisp and dense feel of foam.

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The device is copper-plated and takes inspiration from the large boilers used in old beer breweries, while the bottom container is made of shatterproof glass. How it works? You pour approximately one centimeter of beer into the bottom of the transparent glass container, press the button and wait 20 seconds while a battery-powered whisk froths up the liquid. Then you pour the freshly frothed foam onto your beer.

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The Beer Foamer promises you to the precious bubbles that release the different aromas which beer makers put so much effort on as they can alter the perception of any given beer.  Well, it’s Friday today anyways so why not try it out?

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Pay For Your Burger With Recycled Cans

Recycled aluminum cans have never been so wanted these days. Coca-Cola is the greater innovator when it comes to marketing campaigns such as China’s Coke Lyrics and now the partnership with McDonalds’ Australia, Coke Rewards, giving away rewards as you collect tokens.

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Now McDonald’s takes one step further as an effort to get its fair share in this endless social marketing industry. Following an eco-conscious marketing move, McDonald’s in Stockholm is using recycled cans as currency in exchange for burgers. Part of an interactive campaign designed to the food chain company the advertising agency DDB Stockholm has created a huge incentive to young Swedes unwittingly clean up after them, especially during the summer time when parks and festivals leave behind piles of emptied aluminum beer and soda cans around the city.

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As DDB Stockholm puts it, “you’ll find a lot of young people with empty drink cans and empty wallets”. As Simon Higby, a DDB Stockholm creative, puts it, “Youngsters don’t always have so much cash, but sometimes they can get empty cans. So, accepting cans in return for burgers gets them to McDonald’s and the cans to the recycling depot. Everyone’s happy.”

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All you have to do is to fill up a bag provided by McDonald’s with 10 cans in exchange for a hamburger or cheeseburger or 40 cans for a Big Mac. The recycling bags can be found attached to strategically installed billboards, which function as a dispenser for free bags – you just tug on the poster’s bottom to get your bag and you are ready to go to the nearest McDonald’s store to get your free burger.

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The Swedish fast food chain now accepts “cards, cash and cans” and is an attempt to align the “making profit” during summer time with environmental concerns. By getting a burger the youngster will ultimately opt for fires or a drink to go with it, increasing sales of such items.

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Only in China – Drink Beer Straight from a Plastic Bag!

Tsingtao Brewery is one of the biggest beer brands in China. In the city of Qingdao in Shandong province where the beer is produced one can enjoy the original taste of the beer. The beer is also cheap, only about 10 cents a pound so most of us are financially able to enjoy the beer in large quantities. If you become too full, you can just doggy bag the beer, literally in a plastic bag.

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In Qingdao almost every street shop is equipped with Tsingdao beer barrel and sterilized plastic bags. The 3.5% fresh beer is bought by pound and weighted to prevent gaseous volume manipulation. A pint of beer costs about 1.5 Chinese yuan which corresponds to approximately 24 cents.

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The Tsingtao Brewery was founded in 1903 by German settlers and the first Tsingtao beer was served on December 1904. Because of the long history and the Western brand heritage, the Qingdaonese are very proud of the brewery. The company is now China’s second largest brewery with a 15% domestic market share. Tsingtao also has exported its beer abroad. The city of Qingdao commemorates its beer legacy by organizing the Qingdao beer festival annually on August.

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So far, the bagged beer has not gone into mass production and it seems that the innovation will remain as an exclusive Qingdaonese novelty for quite some time. It is still uncertain when does bag packaging go mainstream in the beer industry. Some of ideas are already presented by Carlsberg and Degra Studio marketing agency.

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Pictures and original articles: Mafengwo.cn, Baidu Tieba, XCar.com, Behance.net, Tsingdaose.com, Tsingtao Brewery in Wikipedia, CNN Travel 

New Building Materials – Containers, Snow, Lego and Beer!

Most of us probably share a concept that houses should be build of, say, wood, stone or concrete. But as we can see, the variety of building materials is actually larger than we would have thought.

For instance in Finland’s city of Kemi, every year they build a large castle of ice and snow. In the castle there is a chapel for couples to get married, a restaurant and a hotel. The hotel rooms’ temperatures are about – 5 degrees Celsius. The hotel also has a lounge with a sauna and a heated swimming pool. The lowest room rate is 125 euros. More information about the snow castle can be found through this link.

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The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Buddhist temple in Thailand is constructed from a million glass beer bottles. The mosaics made of beer bottle lids create mesmerizing patterns to the walls. The green glass walls also diffuse light beautifully in the temple.

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A Top Gear celebrity James May built a two-story house which was able to be lived in. For building the house he used over three million Lego blocks, yes, Lego. Another famous Lego building is in Hungary’s Budapest where they have built a Lego tower of over 34 meters tall (114 feet). The tower has been confirmed as the world’s tallest Lego tower by Guinness World Records.

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Shipping containers are getting more mainstream in building relatively cheap but luxurious accommodation. For example in Finland they are building student apartments out of used containers. In China they have a luxurious container village. Please read our blogs on student housing and container hotels for more details.

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The New Reclosable Screw-Top Aluminum Bottle For Your Beer

In today’s consumer products marketplace, brands are constantly searching new ways to revitalize their image and stand out on the shelf. Beverage industry has taken the beverage packaging to a whole new level with a full range of aluminum bottles.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI) was the first brewer to launch a reclosable screw-top aluminum bottle for their beverage, the Bud Light Platinum. They hand-picked Bud Light Platinum as “Platinum has been able to elevate the premium light beer category with its blend of image and flavor, and we believe it will do the same to for the perception of aluminum bottles”, said Rob McCarthy, vice president of Bud Light.

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Using an impact-extruded packaging technology, the aluminum packaging is environmentally friendly, being 100% recyclable. Seamless aluminum finish also adds to premium allure. Consumers think the bottle is “more premium, more refreshing,” Paul Chibe, vice president U.S. marketing for AB InBev.

Features such as chill-retention, re-sealability, and durability are some of the reasons why there is a growing number of beverage marketers looking for the “cool factor” in order to make a lasting impression on potential customers. The design of the Bud Light Platinum aluminum bottle – which features a twist-off cap – provides for a tool-less opening. The new bottle is also more than 50% stronger than a standard aluminum can and helps the beer get colder faster. “The new reclosable bottle continues our long tradition of innovative packaging that delivers the freshest, coldest, best-tasting beer possible,” said Pat McGauley, vice president of innovation for Anheuser-Busch.

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The new bottle uses less aluminum than traditional cans, said Luiz Edmond, the brewer’s North American president, and the packaging invites drinkers to play with the screw-top, which male drinkers like, he said, with a discreet flag saying “trbeer1ust me, I like it” on the bottle neck.

AB InBev’s initiative to introduce the new aluminum packaging for a more expensive and stronger variant of beer was part of a strategic plan to bring Budweiser and Bud Light back to life. The brand has about 21 percent of the U.S. beer market, with its next closest competitor Coors Light accounting for about 8 percent. AB InBev competes with SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Molson Coors Brewing Co.’s joint venture MillerCoors in the U.S, according to Bloomberg.

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