We launched Plastikourgeio Shop & Lab at the beginning of 2017, my wife and I decided to make a contribution to reducing the large quantities of plastic that are consumed every second of every day by offering non-plastic alternatives and provide our community with a practical and creative solution to stop plastic ending in the landfills.
Our inspiration came after several years realising how much plastic waste accumulated in the most unexpected places around Greece and dedicating many hours researching and compiling the information available for Greece in this matter.
Almost one-fifth of the entire waste produced in Greece is plastic, and yet just 1% of it is recycled.
These two observations alone indicate that our current use of plastics is not sustainable. In addition, because of the durability of the polymers involved, substantial quantities of discarded end-of-life plastics are accumulating as debris in landfills and in natural habitats through the country.
At Plastikourgeio our aims are:
- Recognises the significant opportunities in targeting plastic waste collection at focal points such as: coffee-shops, kiosks, supermarkets,
- up-cycling plastic into design long-life products,
- creating and promoting environmentally preferable procurement programs, to tackle the problem of plastic waste at the business stage,
- raising awareness about plastic issues in Greece through participation campaigns and providing seminars and workshops.