Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We had the pleasure of meeting Carolina Poelk a Product and UX Designer from Germany to talk about organ donation and how we can unite and act together to raise awareness.

“I am a product designer, working and living in beautiful Gothenburg. I am passionate about creating and designing meaningful and beautiful products and meeting people that share the same visions about collaboration. I believe that we have come to an era where we no longer have resources and time to waste on meaningless objects and designs. We have the responsibility to strive for sustainability, raise awareness and focus on what’s best for our planet. Organ donation is in my opinion the most profound act of humanity and should go without saying. Since it is not yet a given thing for everyone to sign up for, any opportunity to raise awareness should be taken.” - Carolina Poelk

Thank you, Carolina, for engaging in the RECYCLE ME movement!

You find more about Carolina here; https://carolinapoelk.myportfolio.com/

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

This is Francis Löfvenholm, a professional photographer from Gothenburg, Sweden. We meet Francis in an art and science collaboration “Explainartist" about the increased CO2 in the ocean. The ways we treat the ocean and our human bodies are closely linked. The human body contains 70% water, and in that way we are the ocean. Each one of us carries a little bit of the ocean within our bodies. How we treat nature has an instant effect on us, and therefore we must treat it respectfully and well in order for us as species as well as other species to survive and be healthy.

Our cultural values, customs and beliefs affect the way we treat the Earth as well as how we treat each other. To sign up as a potential organ donator is a good way to unite with others concerning our common humanity and existence, and our individual lives. More people registered as organ donors will increase the chances of saving lives: yours and those of your fellow human beings.

Recycle Me encourages you to make your wishes known by registering with the organ donations register in your country.

You find more about Francis here; http://www.lofvenholm.com/

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thank you for participating at the AHA Festival 2017!
We had many interesting discussions about organ donation together with researchers from both Microbiology and Immunology with researcher Ajibola Omokanye, and Biological & Environmental Sciences with researcher Sam Dupont. We also had the pleasure to talk to Håkan Hedman from the Swedish Kidney Association (Njurförbundet), along with researcher and Designer, Founder of RECYCLE ME Pamela Lindgren.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

We have had the pleasure to meet with Dr. and researcher Ajibola Omokanye. Ajibola currently works as a researcher at University of Gothenburg, furthermore, he is also engaged in social enterprise in his organization Explainartist!

“I currently work as a researcher helping to develop better vaccines. I have previously worked as a doctor in a kidney transplant team. Organ donation dramatically improves lives, and initiatives that raise awareness about it deserve generous support.”- Ajibola Omokanye

Thank you Ajibola for participating in our global mission- Organ Donation Concerns Us All!

Learn more about Explainartist!

“Explainartist is a social enterprise dedicated to promoting public engagement with research through visuals. We connect researchers with artists and organise exhibits for the public.”

like Explainartist on fb https://www.facebook.com/explainartist/

Thursday, November 16, 2017

We are not there yet. Organs don't grow on trees! Sign up as an organ donor! Join us at the AHA Festival and share your thought of how we can help each other. We will be there at the 21 of November 2017!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

One of the most important autonomous systems we know are our own bodies However, sometimes we are depending on each other. Science helps us change the laws of nature. The RECYCLE ME project has one aim- to spread the word “Organ Donation Concerns Us All”. Learn how design solutions can be used to spread a message. www.recycleme.life

Pamela Lindgren is engaged in research and design as well as art. She has a Master of Fine Arts Degree from HDK and is a PhD candidate at the division of Design & Human Factors, Department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers. Pamela´s research aims to increase knowledge of user experience, user acceptance and adoption of products based on aesthetic and emotional values. Pamela seeks to create an interplay between technology, construction and the human body. She is driven by passion and curiosity, in her free time she is involved in sustainability projects.

Free entrance!

More information about AHA festival and full program:


Monday, October 23, 2017

RECECLE ME will participate in this year's AHA festival! Stay tuned for more information.

"Regardless who we are and where we come from, autonomy is in the essence of our capacity to make decisions as individuals, organisations, and societies. In the realms of war and conflict, struggles for rights, self-achievements, and artistic and scientific explorations, autonomy is a complex and distinctive driver for the development of mankind. Throughout history it has referred to the political independence of the Greek city-states and was a predominant motivation for the European wars of religion in the 17th century. In the 18th century, Kant brought it to the centre of theoretical and practical philosophy debates. During the 19th century, the phrase “art for art's sake” reflected the Romantic movement's desire to detach art from the stress of rationalism and was the foundation for the development of abstract art in the 20th century. In the scientific world of today and tomorrow it will continue to be a major driver in the development of innovative autonomous."

"Where does our autonomy as individuals, artists and researchers end and begin? Can the boundaries be drawn so neatly? How does autonomy relate to contemporary challenges and how we might face them?" Text from  http://ahafestival.se/

Monday, October 9, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend Birgitta Ulfssons Sunday, October 8, 2017. 

During this time, our thoughts are with her husband, family and friends. Birgitta was a generous and truly inspiring person with a luminous charisma and a unique actor who will remain in our hearts and memories forever. Thank you for the laughter for the good times that we shared.

In memory of Birgitta we quote Tove Jansson who we believe capture Birgitta Ulfsson persona in these words.

"It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It's as simple as that." - Tove Jansson

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Our South African friend and Ambassador, Msaki in SA Elle Magazine again!! We are super proud of her, if you have not yet listened to her music do it now! Msaki wears RECYCLE ME Heart for Organ Donation Awareness to spread the word – Organ Donation concerns us all, make your wishes known. Together we stand, together we can make a different for Organ Donation. Thank you Msaki for sharing and spreading the word! Lots of love to you!

Msaki music links;



Msaki Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/msakiZA/

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Are you ready to make a move for organ donation? As one man once said; "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong

Just as you one day may need an organ, others are waiting today. By signing up for organ donation you can save the lives of eight.

This is the Swedish researcher Göran Smith, a jack-of-all-trades. At work, he’s passionate about finding new ways of increasing the modal share of ‘sustainable traveling’, and hopes that his research will contribute to such a development. At home, we have heard, he mostly brags about his niece’s kindergarten achievements while dreaming about cycling around the world. In the meantime, he also teaches girls newly arrived in the country how to play soccer. In this photo Göran is wearing a RECYCLE ME T-shirt for organ donation awareness. By showing his support for organ donation Göran helps us to spread the word- Organ Donation Concerns Us All! Thank you Göran!

More information about Göran’s engagement as a soccer coach; https://www.facebook.com/rampenco/

Monday, July 10, 2017

Recycle Me’s Ambassador Msaki from South Africa wearing Brave Heart jewellery for organ donation awareness! 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Håkan Gäbel.
Håkan was one of the best transplant surgeons in Sweden, his passion, knowledge and engagement in organ and tissue procurement had a great impact on many people’s lives. We will always remember Håkan for the many lives he saved, for his generosity, compassion and the twinkle in his eye. Thank you Håkan for all you have done for science and humanity.

In memory of Håkan Gäbel 1940-2017 we wish to quote a poem by Henry Scott-Holland

Death Is Nothing At All

“Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This is PoeticSoul, one of RECYCLE ME´s amazing friends. We had the chance to interview her about her engagement in the RECYCLE ME movement. Read about her, what inspires and motivates her!

 “I feel that RECYCLE ME is one of the organizations that have set themselves up to do the job, and make people aware of the importance of maybe considering organ donation in spite the different cultures and religions that are out there that may have different opinions on it. It's nice that they still stand and be like "Yeah, we are going to promote awareness on organ donation"” -PoeticSoul
Thank you PoeticSoul for your engagement in Organ Donation Awareness and your kind words! Full interview below;

Who are you and where do you live, would you like to say something about your background and family, friends?
-I am PoeticSoul, I am from the Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. I am the second of three children, I have a mom and a dad. I am a performance poet and I love writing and influencing people's thoughts with my words, very careful in using my words carefully hoping that will bring some sort of change in the world.

What inspires you as a person and in your music?

-Life in general all the different circumstances that people survive everyday. The idea that there is a bigger plan and the beauty of life, I guess is what inspires me as a poet and what inspires my music as well. Also the idea that you can take a very painful experience and put it together with music and people can find joy in listening to it, but at the same time getting the message behind all of that.

How would you describe your music?
-I don't know if there is a description to it. I just know that it´s sounds that move me, sounds that I am always trusting that they will have a positive influence when they find the ears of another person and within the body of that person. It's music you know, it´s funky, it´s vibey, its exciting, it´s jazzy and it´s African. It's all parts and pieces of who I am. So I don't have a description in terms of " it´s this kind of genre". I think for me, I always just describe it as the perfect marriage between two art forms. The perfect marriage between poetry and music, where poetry doesn't diminish in the presence of music and music doesn't diminish in the presence of poetry, so they are the perfect couple that support each other.

What motivates you as a person and as a musician?

-What motivates me as a person, uuhm well ... I read a lot and I am a believer so I guess I get my motivation from alot of spiritual teachers and also from my faith as well so that's where most of my motivation comes from. I am also a big self motivator, in the space where people think I can't I tell myself that I can, and that's my motivation, everyday to just know that I am able to do whatever I want to do just as long as I ask for the ability to do it from the most high.

Why do you chose to stand/take part in the RECYCLE ME movement about organ donation?

- I think because mine is to spread the word through my poetry. I find that any movement that seeks to preserve life is a worthy cause to be part of and I have the faith that my words over the RECYCLE ME movement will assist in spreading the word across the world about organ donation, because sometimes you stand afar and think that an issue like organ donation doesn't affect you. But that is only until it actually does come to you, so as much as right now am not in need of an organ I would like to think that me spreading the word in the mean-time will assist those that do need organs and maybe one day I might be in a position where I need an organ donation or I am on an opportunity to be an organ donor and therefore preserve life.

Is there something you like to change like anything in the cause of organ donation or other movement, topics, anything sky’s no limit!
-I think in terms of organ donation the ideal is to have a situation where in organs can travel faster across the spaces where they are needed, create a situation where every person is an organ donor and therefore there wouldn't be such a great and dire need and a desperate need for organs because they would be readily available. And I guess maybe changing the supply for organs would be really nice, but otherwise in as far as the awareness is taking place, I feel that RECYCLE ME is one of the organizations that have set themselves up to do the job, and make people aware of the importance of maybe considering organ donation in spite the different cultures and religions that are out there that may have different opinions on it. It's nice that they still stand and be like "Yeah, we are going to promote awareness on organ donation"

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Friday, May 5, 2017

This is Msaki, one of Recycle Me’s ambassadors. A lady with a Big Heart! Msaki lives and works in South Africa, but her music is spread worldwide. Last year we had the privilege of hosting her in one of our Organ Donation Awareness events in Sweden. Thank you Msaki for contributing to our global mission- Organ Donation Concerns Us All.

A quote from a song from Msaki´s latest album that we think symbolize love and hope
“These are the days/ of love and grace/ Nothing is a waste/ Put it all together/ Nothing you have faced/ Love pulls us together/ It’s alright you know” - from the song “Liwa lentliziyo” on the Msaki album “Zaneliza: How the water moves”
Join us for organ donation awareness

If you’d like to know more about Msaki, you can find her music here;
Photo Gustavo Perillo Nogueira. All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2017 www.gustavoperillo.com

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A photo of the photographer behind some of our photos for Organ Donation coming soon!
Gustavo Perillo Nogueira has a heart for photography, here in front of the camera lens with a striking “Love is King” pose wearing our “My heart is your heart” T-shirt for Organ Donation Awareness.
Gustavo has generously collaborated with RECYCLE ME, latest on an event shooting nice photos of our international ambassadors Msaki and Poetic Soul. Thank you /Gracias so much Gustavo!
Gustavo himself is a person of the world, he lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden but he was born in Lagoa da Prata, Brazil, see his fantastic work here; www.gustavoperillo.com

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Greetings from David Berglund and colleagues in New York! David is a Physician Researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden. Nice RECYCLE ME t-shirt! Thank you for sharing! Remember organ donation concerns us all, keep spreading the word!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ETZIA is in our hearts today! Keep your fingers crossed - we hope that our RECYCLE ME ambassador will go far in the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. ETZIA is a woman of many talents. Amongst other things she promotes equality for all people.

Bonus info on ETZIA here;

If you live in Sweden, here is a "how to vote".
http://www.svt.se/melodifestivalen/om-appen/om-appen (free no extra charge)
Phone; 099 908 03 (9,90SEK varav 8,90 går till Radiohjälpen)