My dear expensive can

Trailer My dear expensive can

To save the cans from the landfill, Aimée Carmoz involves restaurateurs, pupils and artists of Stromboli in her latest project called “My dear expensive can”.

Photo by Claudio Utano

Short Synopsis

Aimée Carmoz, a lively old lady of French origin who has lived inStrombolifor more than 50 years, has been fighting for environmental issues all her life. “My dear expensive can” is her latest project, involving restaurateurs, pupils and artists in the process of collecting and reusing the hundreds of thousands of cans thrown away every summer by tourists “My dear expensive can” turns waste into material for works of art.


Aimée Carmoz, a lively old woman of French origin who has been living inStrombolifor more than 50 years, is a longtime Zero Waste activist. On the island, the separate waste collection service does not work properly and in the summer, the situation is getting worse due to the saturation caused by tourists. For this reason, her latest environmental battle focuses on one of the main waste produced by visitors in the summer months: cans. The “My dear expensive can” project is one of the numerous and brilliant awareness and enhancement projects promoted by Aimée, with which it urges restaurateurs and traders to independently carry out the separate collection of cans and then deliver them to the school children who will crush them (for reduce the volume) and resell them. The proceeds will help finance a school trip toSyracuse. The aim is to make them aware of the recycling of aluminum, an easily salable resource of great value. At first Aimée contacts foundries inCatania, but then she finds a buyer right on the island. A group of international artists is looking for metal that is easy to melt to create sculptures for the Fire Festival which takes place every year in honor of the volcano, the god of fire. This waste will thus be transformed, directly on site, into a resource that will give life to works of art instead of being transported to a distant landfill and contributing to the waste of natural resources. This cycle, which therefore takes place in a local context, in a shorter time, without using additional resources for transport, has an approach that could be defined as Low-Tech, i.e. using simple, local tools and technologies with a low environmental impact: a simple artisanal oven, instead of large, relocated industrial plants. Aimée died in May 2019, before being able to organize the long-awaited trip with the school groups. Perhaps even the can collection project will be lost without her enthusiasm and determination. In any case, this little video wants to testify to her great inventiveness mixing the sensitization of shopkeepers, pupils and artists with the simple and concrete demonstration of the famous principle “Waste = Resources”.

Technical Info

Italy/France, 2021, HD, 10′ Director: Salvo Manzone Image : Salvo Manzone Editing: Riccardo Mollo, Salvo Manzone Music: Nicola Sergio Language : Italian Subtitles : Italian, French, English, TAGS : Ecology, Aimée Carmoz, Stromboli, Waste, Banana peels, Colapesce, Branches, Compost, Sicily, Pollution, Environment, Mediterranean

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