About Les Plu’belles

A bin-spotter’s travelogue

Les Plu’belles

About the project

The idea of taking a series of photos of dustbins on my ten month trip around the Baltic states, Russia and Asia first saw the light of day in Tallinn, in August 2012. I needed a theme for my photos and there it was: the Robot Bin, in the Old Town of Tallinn, who triggered the idea for this series. That was it: bins it was to be!

A keen recycler and interested in sustainability for a long time, the dustbin linked this interest with a liking for the quirky and my long-standing passion for photography. The dustbin represented the perfect subject: accessible, universal, varied, low-key and ‘low-risk’: nobody would stop me from taking pictures of them or put me in jail for doing so.

Here are a collection of pictures of the dustbins spread across my trip. Each bin has its personality, and each one is a little part of my journey.

Past expo showings:


  • 1-2 April, at the Salon Produrable, in the VIP lounge area, Palais des Congrès, Porte Maillot. The salon is one of France’s main annual sustainable development salons for sustainability professionals
  • 8 April-12 May, at the Photo Up gallery, Paris 17ème
  • 22 November through to 2015 at the offices of the French Government publishing arm DILA (equivalent of UK TSO/ex HMSO) as part of EUROPEAN REDUCTION OF WASTE WEEK, in their Paris and Metz offices, to help create staff awareness around DILA’s waste issues and how to reduce waste.


  • 24-25 January, rue Bichat, 75010, Paris, in a beautiful duplex flat, in the form of a private view – the exhibition is for hire, and this was a first experiment with a showing in someone’s home!
  • 18 May-12 June, avenue de France, Paris 75013, at the reception of the new Tolbiac Ville de Paris offices, at the Direction de la Propreté et de l’Eau, covering Sustainable Development Week.


  • Tuesday co-work exhibition space, Berlin Schöneberg, April/May
  • bbh Law and Energy consultancy, Berlin Mitte, June-December


  • Group show ‘Make Art not Waste’ at Impact Hub Berlin, Kreuzberg 28 March-16 April.

Your ideas of ‘eco’ spaces and organisations linked to waste management/industrial design, in Germany or elsewhere, who would be keen to show it are welcome.

Phoebe and consultancy Partner Christian Held at Law and Energy consultancy BBH in Berlin, 2017, with the exhibition on its last day.