Polygreen organized a great celebration concerning circular economy for the residents of Tilos on Saturday, November 27. The participants attended creative recycling workshops, through which they gave a second life to materials that, until then, were destined for waste, experiencing in practice the importance of reusing what we no longer need.
The first workshop was held by Fereniki Tsamparli, on the construction of Christmas decorations from recyclable materials, while Alexandra Diona then shared with the island’s inhabitants creative ways to use old fabrics. In the afternoon of the same day, a special cooking workshop was held on the subject of avoiding food waste, by the well-known Chef Dimitris Skarmoutsos.
This celebration marked the beginning of the innovative circular economy project “Just Go Zero Tilos”, which aims to transform Tilos into the first zero-waste island and is expected to be completed in the first months of 2022. The project is funded and supported entirely with technology and know-how by Polygreen and is implemented in collaboration with the Municipality of Tilos.
The workshops that took place were designed to entertain and educate the inhabitants of the island in the practices of the “Just Go Zero Tilos” project, with the ultimate goal of encouraging their active participation in the effort to transform the island towards a waste-free future.
The celebration ended with an open discussion, in which the Mayor of Tilos Maria Kamma Aliferi, the village Deputy Regional Governor of the Dodecanese, Christos Efstratiou and the Founder and CEO of Polygreen, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, spoke.
“Today we are starting a path towards the ambitious but extremely important goal for a zero-waste island. This transition presupposes our collective commitment to a new daily practice facilitated by the support and expertise of Polygreen. Our collaboration with Polygreen creates a new example of a public-private partnership in which the active participation of citizens multiplies the effect of environmental innovation.”, said Maria Kamma Aliferi.
“We are proud that our vision for a waste-free world finds fertile ground in Tilos to develop and a very active local community ready to support innovation and embrace change. We are embarking today on an exciting journey of transition to Tilos and a new practice that we hope will inspire similar initiatives in Greece and abroad.”, stated Athanasios Polychronopoulos.
Just Go Zero Tilos develops a technologically advanced, innovative system of circular management of all wastes produced in Tilos with the aim of their full exploitation. It is implemented with the active participation of households, businesses and organizations of the island and is expected to be completed in spring 2022.