Plastic bag free week 2016

Actions taken throughout “plastic bag free week”

Sunday 06.05.2016
A truck full of waste (mainly plastic bags) has been collected on Sunday 06.05.2016 during the cleanup of the path to Pherecydes’ Cave, with the participation of “Hikers Club of Syros” and of the Deputy Mayor for the Environment, Marios Voutsinos! We thank them wholeheartedly for struggling under the hot sun for this action, which we hope will stand as the starting point for many other essential actions. Our reward has been  the  smell  of  sage  that  covered  the  smell  from  an inconceivable  number  of dispersed plastic bags and other lightweight plastic materials which  were drifting by the  wind  and  piled  this  lovely  area  that  has  the  misfortune  to  be  located  near  the sanitary landfill.

At the same time, part of LIFE DEBAG and CYCLADES LIFE staff members took part in the beach litter cleanup action in the northern coasts of Syros, organized by the “Inflatable and speed-boats’ club of Syros”.

Finally, on the evening, we have created a story in the enchanting Ano Syros. A sea between two castles, two princesses, a plastic and a woven bag… And a war that has packed  the  sea  with  plastic  bombs…  And  finally…peace.  We  have  created  a  story that moves in the space of the imaginary but reflects the real wishful thinking. Does the bag fly? And where does itgo?

Saturday 06.04.2016

On  Saturday  06.04.2016,  the  LIFE  DEBAG  Project  has  participated  in  the  action  of cleaning the Gyaros Island coasts, event organized by the parallel Life project called Cyclades  LIFE,  in  which  the  Deputy  Mayor  for  the  Environment,  Marios  Voutsinos, and   bodies   such   as “Inflatable   and   speed-boats’   club   of   Syros”have   also participated. Besides cleaning the coasts, a detailed scientific recording of waste has taken place, in order to study the composition and the origin of their sources! Thanks Cyclades LIFE!

On  the  Saturday  evening,  in  Miaoulis  central  square  of  Syros,  we  have  sent  a message  with  the  help  of  music:  Leave  plastic  bags  in  the  past  …  and  not  in  our seas! Thank you wholeheartedly “Nea Taxi Pragmaton” band for the perfect evening. They have communicated the love for the natural environment and life itself in such a unique way that touched us all!

Friday 06.03.2016

On  Friday  06.03.2016, we  have  distributed  once  again  free  reusable  bags  to  the people  that  have  arrived  to  the  Syros  Port  and  we  have  collected  many  smiles indeed!!  A  special  thank  you  to  Nikos  Papadakis  who  has  returned  once  again  to Syros Island to support our  actions and to Deputy Mayor Marios Voutsinos both for handing out with us free woven bags and for their constant support.

Thursday 06.02.2016

On  Thursday  06.02.2016,  a  training  seminar  for  primary  and  secondary  education teachers has been held at the “Hermoupolis Cultural Center Hall”. During the seminar the  educational  package  developed  specifically  for  the  Project  has  been  presented and  a  discussion  took  place  on  the  educational  program  which  will  be implemented throughout the school year 2016-2017, in all Syros schools.

Wednesday 06.01.2016

On  Wednesday  06.01.2016,  a  special  presentation  for  the  shop owners  on  the Project,  its  targets  and  the  actions  of  the “Plastic  bag  free  week”  has  been  held  at the Ano Syros Municipality Conference Room.

Tuesday 05.31.2016

On Tuesday 05.31.2016, members of the Project’s staff have visited the Hermoupolis Market and have informed the owners and the employees of the local shops for the impacts  of  the  single-use  plastic  bags  to  the  marine environment,  the  options  that they can adopt and offer to their customers and the benefits that they can obtain.

Furthermore,  we  initiated  the  research  on  the  waste  load  on  the  seafloor  and  the coastal   areas   of   Lotos,   Kini   and   Hermoupolis,   by   implementing   methods   of underwater  acoustic  and  visual  scanning  (sonar  side  scanner  –  underwater  sliding camera), as well as aerial remote sensing (drone).

Monday 05.30.2016

On Monday 30.5.2016 we have travelled to Foinikas, where we have distributed free reusable bags and we have informed the people visiting the local super markets and the local shops on the impacts of plastic bags.

Sunday 05.29.2016

We  have  recorded  and  collected  marine  litter  from  4  coasts  of  Syros  Island!  We thank  the  partners  involved  and  the  Deputy  Mayor  Marios  Voutsinos  who  has supported us once again!

Saturday 05.28.2016

We  have  distributed  free  reusable  bags  and  we  have  informed  both  the  citizens visiting the supermarkets and the people arriving by ship at the Port of Syros on the impacts of plastic bags. Nikos Papadakis has participated in our action at the Port! It was a very enjoyable experience and gave us strength to continue!

Friday 05.27.2016

The press conference to launch the “Plastic bag free week” at the Syros Council Hall has  been  completed  successfully!  We  thank  the  Mayor  of  Syros  Mr.  Maragos,  the Deputy  Mayor  Mr.  Voutsinos  (Marios  Voutsinos),  the  President  of  the “Solid  Waste Management   Association”   Mr.   Printezis  (Markos   Printezis)   and  of   course   the “melodic”  Mr.  Thomaidis  and  the “celebrity”  of  the  LIFE  DEBAG  Project  Mr.  Nikos Papadakis,  which have  honored  us  with  their  presence!  A  big  thank  you  to Aggeliki Printezi for her valuable assistance on the organization of the press conference. Best wishes for a good start!!!

During the evening, at the Municipal Theatre “Apollo” in Hermoupolis, we sang along with Kostas Thomaidis and pianist John Tsolkas the “Songs of the Sea” and listened to  short  speeches  on  “Plastic  Sea”,  given  by  University  of  Patras  Professors  G. Papatheodorou and Ch. Karapanagiotis.