"The Doughnut" - Wreath Making

Embracing the idea of Doughnut Economics by making an alternative Christmas wreath

The wreath you see in the image we installed yesterday and we bought it at a flowershop here in Berlin. The only aspect worth mentioning may be that we bought a large wreath instead of a Chritsmas tree for being more sustainable despite services popping up here such as https://wundertree.co/ which offer pot-grown trees (I called the owner who explained a 97% survival-rate when those trees are then later planted). So why post all this here? Why is this a tool?

Well when I sat down this morning having my coffee, looking at the wreath , it struck me: It looks like a doughnut! :-) So after a bit of research I found many sites like thisone https://www.apieceofrainbow.com/how-to-make-wreath/ which explain how a beautiful wreath does not need to be bought "off the shelve" (as we did) but can be created with nature offering so many wonderful and free materials. How even things in a recycle bin can be perfect materials for your wreath making!

So I post this here in tools in order to encourage everyone to make their own wreath, leave those trees in the ground (for them and us to thrive) and make wreath making a fun and exciting project - maybe even expressing "The Doughnut" what that safe and just space may look like in an artistic way?

If you have any exiting results in regards to expressing "The Doughnut", please share them with me! sebastian@systemicdesign.group




    Iliyana Nedkova

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Interst in doughnut economics and the arts

    Marte Ulltveit-Moe

    Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norge

    I hope to get in touch with and learn from professionals and politicians who work on transition at the city/town level.

    Sebastian Wolf Siebzehnrübl

    Berlin, Deutschland

    I envision a world with an economy that operates within the Earth’s capacity, protects nature and meets the social needs of all.

    1 comment
    Iliyana Nedkova over 3 years ago

    Thanks, Sebastian for referring to the Christmas wreath shape symbolism as part of the doughnut economy. This festive season of 2020 my 11 year old daughter and I experiemented with making our own Christmas wreaths for the first time. We salvaged free offcuts from the pop up Christmas tree markets in town and combined them with dried herbs from our urban allotmnet. We hung them around our house but it never occurred to us to consider them as part of the doughnut DIY economy. We certainly will when we take them down to usher in the new 2021. Iliyana

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