WFO HUMANITARIAN SHELTER
Waste Free Oceans continuously engages in marine litter clean-ups worldwide and, through “Closing the loop” projects, works with companies to transform the collected waste into innovative and sustainable products.
WFO is currently expanding into a new area. The organisation is collecting plastic from the ocean and rivers, which is afterwards mixed with plastic collected from land through waste pickers, then processed in a plant and converted into panels.
These panels are used to build affordable houses/shelters for the local communities who have lost their homes in natural disasters, therefore contributing to the welfare of the population in the less fortunate areas.
The first and unique shelter model was exhibited as a “world first prototype” in November 2018, at the Ecomondo fair, in Rimini, Italy. The experimental project was presented by Waste Free Oceans and Corepla – the Italian non-profit-making consortium for the collection, recycling and recovery of the waste from plastic packaging materials – who, together with Protomax Plastics, have created a humanitarian shelter prototype with plastic collected along the river Po in Italy.
At the end of the Ecomondo fair, the panels, which are quickly assembled and disassembled, have been sent to Athens, Greece, with the aim of serving as a demo project helping the refugees in the area. The concept is to manage part of the refugees' plastics waste in order to produce recycled panels which can be used to build emergency shelters or any other useful structures suitable to their needs.
Now you can also get involved in our project and donate a minimum of 5 shelters to a refugee camp of your choice!
Our mission is to find a long-term sustainable solution to the issue of plastic waste by implementing this concept, with the view of expanding its scope outside of Europe.
Overall, we hope to be actively involved in local prevention, by educating people, involving them in home rebuilding and raising awareness on waste collection and sorting, therefore helping some regions in the world with the humanitarian shelter project.
Help us spread the word and build partnerships to ensure a circular economy.
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