What is wellness?

Old useless cables are turned into useful sustainable bags.
Old useless cables are turned into useful sustainable bags. The winner in a re-make handcraft competition in Västerås, Sweden 2012.

I feel rich

I don’t earn money for my work right now. I use scrap materials and stones from the roadside as working material. I pick flowers to put in a vase to make our home cosier. Still I feel rich.

Repainted chair, new stuffing and some knitted decoration.
Repainted chair, new stuffing and some knitted decoration.

Shabby chic or just shabby?

The other day we saw the American film Winters Bone (2010). Very poor people with no money, no food, living on the contryside in a wore down house.

I couldn’t help myself thinking how the house would look nicer with just some new paint and a vegetable garden.

Soda bottle lids nicely arranged as a lamp shade. Shabby or chic?
Soda bottle lids nicely arranged as a lamp shade. Shabby or chic?

It’s like the eco project we work with right now here in Spain

If water is a scarce resource, then we must think of solutions how to recover the waste water and use for watering the vegetable garden.

If there is plenty of sunlight, then it might be clever to invest in your own solar panels instead of paying electricity bills to someone else.

If the floor tiles for the bathroom costs over 100 euros but the stones at the roadside are for free, then it’s worth using all these hours to pick the stones, one by one.

When you arrange and organize your scrap materials it's more useful and inspiring. This large scrap store I visited in Glouchester in England 2014.
When you arrange and organize your scrap materials it’s more useful and inspiring. This large scrap store I visited in Glouchester in England 2014.

Gifts from nature

To use what nature has to offer. Maybe you think of wood, stones, sand, plants… In this case I mean rubbish. Waste materials lying around, leftovers from people thrown into the woods.

Waste in nature. Soon to become mosaique.
Waste in nature. Soon to become mosaique.

Where ends us and nature begins?

I think that we are part of nature, even the waste we’ve thrown in nature are in that way natural.

This is what recycling is all about. Organizing materials so that they can be reused in new things. We’ve gathered stones and tiles to use in an eco-bathroom.

white tiles found at the roadside and brown leftover tiles received as a gift from the hardware store. Add some cement and you can create som nice walls.
white tiles found at the roadside and brown leftover tiles received as a gift from the hardware store. Add some cement and you can create som nice walls.

This is Vivi

Think global, act local

I grew up thinking that I want to leave this world cleaner than I found it. I want to contribute to the wiser use (and re-use) of our natural resources.

Since a few weeks back I live in Waterloo with my family. We have been working voluntarily with eco-projects around Valencia in Spain since January 2015 and have decided to stay and live in Belgium. Link to blog posts in English.

The ecobath constructed by Vivi and Nils at Rayo del sol in Alcublas, Spain 2015
The ecobath constructed by Vivi and Nils at Rayo del sol in Alcublas, Spain 2015

The link to my Curriculum as a PDF is here.

Since 2009 I run my own environmental consultant company, Viveco

During 2010 – 2011 I worked with auditing companies who wanted environmental diplomas and carried out environemtal education for them. Link to certificate in environmental auditing.

I’m proud that my project named Bjussa.se was nominated to represent Sweden in EWWR Awards in 2013.

Please read the information broschure about our second hand service Bjussa where everything is for free (in English).

Bjussa.se is a second hand service where everything you find is for free.
Bjussa.se is a second hand service where everything you find is for free.
(photo link to broschure)

Contact the Bjussa-team for references, Mr Christoffer Munkestam or Ms. Lovisa Lönegren.

I have good experience of the management of EU funded projects

During August 2013 – December 2014 I worked for the EU Rural development programme funded projects through LEADER Bergslagen in Sweden. Contact person: Ms. Barbro Fischerström, Director.

As a project manager I helped villagers to take actions for the environment. Some participants bought a cow together, others started a solar energy company.
As a project manager I helped villagers to take actions for the environment. Some participants bought a cow together, others started a solar energy company. Foto from newspaper article Närkes Allehanda

I was the project manager for Omställning i Praktiken (Transition in Practice). Link to web page here. Villages tested collaborative methods to lessen their negative impact on the environment. My job was communication, day to day management, research and reporting. Link to broschure (in English).

I produced and wrote an information magazine for a LEADER information campaign, reaching over 65 000 households. Link to the Leader Bergslagen magazine.

I'm good in communicating good examples that inspires people.
I’m good in communication that inspires people.
I produced this magazine for LEADER Bergslagen (photo link)

An other project I managed for LEADER Bergslagen was Mitt Sommarprojekt (My summer youth project) 2011-2012. Link to youtube video about Mitt Sommarprojekt (in Swedish).

New projects and partnerships

The most succesful workshop I’ve created through Viveco is Pimp my Trash. Young people around Sweden has been able to both learn the EU Directive on waste hierarchy and to try out practical re-make and recycling of scrap materials.

Greek scouts showing their creations at Pimp my Trash. foto: V.Båvner
Greek scouts showing their creations at Pimp my Trash during World Scout Jamboree 2011. foto: V.Båvner

Representing Sweden in EWWR Awards twice

Pimp my Trash was part of the EWWR Awards nomination from Sweden in 2012 as a part of a youth event. My workshop was also a part of the programme in the World Scout Jamboree in 2011.

Volunteering is essential for me

I’m a Scout since childhood and as a teenager I became a scout leader. Later on I continued with leadership courses and was granted a diploma from HM the King of Sweden for my accomplished course in Value Based Leadership.

20110428 Diplomutdelning Ungt Ledarskap, Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm, Sverige
Diplomutdelning Ungt Ledarskap, Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm, Sverige 2011

During 2014 I was the chairman of a local NGO in my Swedish village Karbenning, managing the community centre.

I was a vice board member in the Local Action Group, LEADER Bergslagen 2010-2014.

Studies in International Waste Management

In 2009 I studied the advanced intensive course International Solid Waste Management at The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. It was a collaboration with The Cracow Univeristy of Technology and the course was carried out during two weeks in Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania.

I have a Masters degree from 2008 in Environmental Science, Communication and Decision making from Södertörn University College in Huddinge, Sweden. Link to certificate.

I wrote my Master Thesis about recycling at the Asian Institute of Technology as a result of my two months field research in Thailand. The study was financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SIDA. Read “Look beyond the bin” online here.

Collecting recyclable drinking boxes
Recycling project in Thailand 2008

In 2007 I did an Erasmus semester in the University of Valencia studying Environmental science in Castellano and Valenciano.

Je parle beaucoup de langues

I’m multi-lingual. My parents are native Finnish and I was born and grew up in Sweden.

I love to learn new languages. That’s why I have studied English, French and Spanish.

I’m really looking forward to meet you.

Yours sincerely, Vivi Båvner

+ 46 70 414 66 66

vivi@viv-eco.se

It’s not waste until it’s wasted

I find the political part of environmental science more and more exciting every day. From being a typical Nature Science-person I nowadays find the area of environmental policy making very engaging.

Environment and Development on the agenda

Waste managent is a great concern for all of us. Photo: V.Pietik 2008 Cambodja

It is important that all people are aware of the environment we live in and people should be guided to act in a way that does not lead to the extinction of species or act against human rights. In Swedish society we have been able to neglect the huge impact our behaviour has on the worldwide environment.

My dream is to work with environmental issues in a developing country. In 2008 I carried out fieldwork in Thailand in order to write my Master’s thesis “Look beyond the bin” about recycling.

It’s not waste until it’s wasted

In Sweden I teach about recycling and re-use by combining the theoretical part with a workshop where the participants create jewelery from trash. I call it “Pimp my Trash”.

In the future I’d like to bring my workshop abroad and teach more people about the benefits of remaking waste.