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Plastic pollution and mass migration are two of the most pressing issues we face in our current times, and on the Greek island of Samos, they are both present and influence each other. Samos is one of the Aegean islands close to the Turkish border, a place where many refugees try to enter the European Union. The island was not prepared for the situation, the RIC (Reception and Identification Center) is horrendously overcrowded and the regional waste management is not able to deal with the waste. This has lead to unhygienic conditions in the RIC and environmental problems that affect the whole island.
After subjectively experiencing the situation of the refugees on Samos through our work on the island, we came up with a new project to address the issues that we recognized. Taking plastic pollution as the starting point, this project aims to educate and create awareness on this topic. We use the potential of plastic waste as a material to recycle it into functional and valuable items. We do this by following a principle referred to as Precious Plastic.
Plastic pollution is an overarching issue and because of that, we address the project to everyone. With an open workspace, we aim not just to have an impact on plastic pollution, but also on the social differences between the locals and refugees. Both groups are abandoned by the government with their sufferings. By uniting them we build a community, We now have space and opportunity to create an understanding of each other and overcome resentments.
Based on the idea of empowerment through creation, we develop products together with our beneficiaries to suit their very own needs and improve the overall environmental state of Samos.
In the end, we hope to become a space for different people to solve problems on their own, together.
So every €€€ will help!
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