EnergyCanuary

What is it?

During the month of January, I collect (and encourage others) to collect energy cans that are thrown on the ground as trash.

The intent behind it is to raise awareness for the number of energy drinks I see littered on the ground in the Netherlands. Like many countries, we still don't have a deposit system on aluminium drink cans. Why is that?

And specific for energy drinks, how is it possible that something that gives you energy, doesn't give you enough energy to put it in the bin?!!

I did EnergyCanuary for the first time in Jan 2020 and due to encouragement, and enthusiasm from others, I am repeating it in 2021.

How do you participate?

Easy! Just use Instagram (or other platforms) to raise awareness about the issue, using the hashtag #energycanuary during January. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

To give you some inspiration, look at the #energycanuary hashtag on Instagram

Here are some ideas

  • The most obvious one is to pick up an energy drink and put it in the bin - and then post about it!

  • If you are a keen plogger/litter collector then maybe count how many you find during the month (last year I picked up over 600)

  • If you don't find any, then post about that too!! Why didn't you? Maybe because you have a can deposit system - that is great info as it shows how it works!

There is a GIVEAWAY!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND FINISHED.. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED

Woohoo.. just by raising awareness you could win an awesome prize!

To one lucky winner, I will give away a set of 5 handmade face plates.

I give all the details here in my kick off post

The plates will look similar to these:

Similar, but not exactly the same. The reason is that my wife is a ceramicist and is going to be making the actual set of faceplates during January that I will give away!! That is so cool.

You can follow the progress on my Instagram account.

I am also going to try and personalise them somehow

(shameless plug.. she sells these ceramics and others on www.katherinaandbear.com)

The draw will be made on 1st Feb

(You have the whole month of Jan to participate)

  • Winner selected at random

  • Open to anyone, anywhere.

To qualify


...... what that post or story is.. is up to you.. (as long as it is relevant). If it is a story, tag @wayeoflife as well, to make sure I see it

No need to tag others, but that would be cool
No need to do more than one post/story.. Only one entry per Instagram account - (if you have multiple accounts, each one that does the three things above, will be added to the draw) .. but if you do multiple posts and stories then you raise more awareness which is the purpose of energycanuary

Are you in the draw?

I don't know about you, but sometimes I am sceptical if I am actually entered in a giveaway draw.

To make things clear, these are the accounts on Instagram I have seen using the hashtag.. so these are entered for the draw (I will validate that they follow the two accounts listed when I make the draw, if they don't I'll pull a new winner).

If you don't want your account listed below (but still be qualified in the draw) then let me know (using the contact page)

Woohoo, you are in the draw if listed below (I might have done some typos but I know who you are :-) )

I will update this list every few days.

If you are not in the list below but have made a post about energycanuary, then I might just have missed you (sorry!!), just let me know. 

  • 100DAYSLITTER

  • AFVALBAS

  • AKKEFIETJE2

  • AMY.L.BLAIN

  • BAKSIDAN_AV_FRAMSIDA

  • BENEDICTE.MARTIN.9638

  • BETH_WHITWORTH

  • BOB_THE_PLOGDOG

  • BRENJOMI

  • BUGSY_BLACKHORN

  • CLEANINGUPMA

  • CLEANUPWALKS

  • CLEANYOURSTOOP

  • CRABBYMAXIE

  • CURLS_AGAINST_WASTE

  • DIETONNENUNDICH

  • DROWNING.IN.PLASTIC

  • ERLENZEISIG

  • FAMKE_AD

  • FIELDS_AND_FOOTPATHS

  • FLEXTRASH

  • FULPENSIMONEVAN

  • HELENA_BOERS

  • HELENKLAPPE

  • HELLINAHANDCART

  • HERMALOVESTREES

  • IAMTRASHHOUND

  • INGRIDCAMPORUIZ

  • JANEDL79

  • JEROEN_VAN_TIENHOVEN

  • JFREEDMAN3

  • JOLANDAVANGINKEL.NL

  • JORGDEGOEY

  • JULIETUOMISTOBELL

  • JUNKOLITTER

  • JUST1BAG2020

  • KIM_DEPREZ

  • LADY_LIENIE

  • LITTERFREERUTLAND

  • LITTERMAD

  • LONNEKEKOK

  • LUKESHOEFITTER

  • MANDY__EVERS

  • MAUDYUIT

  • MJAQUAHOLICS

  • MONIEK_LAUSBERG

  • MONI_EKO

  • MTOCHOME

  • MYBEACHPROJECT

  • MYSHASHISHA

  • NATHALIE.DE.BOER

  • NURTURENATURE2

  • PENTWYN.AND.LLANEDEYRN.PICKERS

  • PICKUPSILJE

  • PIKMEINC

  • PLOGGINGROEDERMARK

  • PLOGGINGUTRECHT

  • PLOGITUPDEBILT

  • POLRUNS

  • RESIDUZEROSPM

  • RMOSTERT

  • ROLFP76

  • SHIVAZ.LIFE

  • SIK.GARBAGEMAN

  • SIMONERUNSAROUND

  • SPORT_FUN_AND_BEER

  • TAKEACTIONDELTA

  • TCTRASHART

  • THERANDOMCATOFKINDNESS

  • TIDYGIRLTIDYWOMAN

  • TILBURG.DRINKT

  • TOMAS.TL

  • TRASHHOUNDCLUB

  • TRASHQUESTING

  • TRASHVENTURES

  • TRASHWALKERS_MEPPEL

  • UNC_FROG

  • VICMAIN

  • VUILNISVROUWEN

  • WASTELESSSTIRROL

  • ZAKKENVULLERS.VAN.DELFSHAVEN

  • ZEDSTER57

  • ZWERFIEVRIJMAASTRICHT

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