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Every day, thousands of refugees arrive by boat to Lesbos, Greece. After enduring a difficult journey from war-torn countries, they are often left without the possessions with which they had embarked.

One volunteer from Amsterdam, Floor Nagler, said she noticed a need for backpacks when she was helping refugees off their inflatable boats. In a rush, people often lose their bags en route and are left with nothing as they continue their journey through Europe. But there’s another problem at play: according to this video, 30,000 cubic meters of plastic are discarded from boats and life jackets. As a textile student, Nagler knew she could tackle both problems at once. She contacted her friend and fellow Dutch artist Didi Aaslund, and together, they came up with a plan to make bags from boats and life jackets!

Now, Nagler teaches refugees how to upcycle the material into bags, which only require three tools, zero electricity, and cost about three dollars to make!

We are so incredibly inspired by Nagler’s work. Not only is she helping hundreds of refugees, but she’s also saving our oceans by preventing these materials from going to waste!

To learn how you can help reduce ocean plastic – for the benefit of marine animals and people, join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!



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8 comments on “Incredible Volunteers Are Turning Plastic From Discarded Boats and Life Jackets Into Backpacks for Refugees (VIDEO)”

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Shell-b Rebel
11 Months Ago

I'm entitled to have a difference in opinion that's the point, it's social media...... Dumb ass' or what :-/


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Audrey Lykemynds Parkes
11 Months Ago

There is another company making ladies bags from recycled plastic bottles. Not for refugees but st a great thing to do. The bags are called Lily Bloom and they are made totally from re cycled plastic bottles. They are great too


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Shell-b Rebel
11 Months Ago

Holy shit! Did someone have a difference in opinion on social media.... Whatever next?! Don't like, you shouldn't be on it fullstop!


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Angie Pangie
11 Months Ago

Excellent Idea ! as they said they sometimes come with nothing and it empowers them to actually do something for themselves, Love it :-)


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Tiffany Jane Batungbacal
11 Months Ago

Emmanuel Batungbacal


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Shell-b Rebel
11 Months Ago

I don't think they're struggling for backpacks, most of them carry iPhones! I'm sure they can get their hands on a bloody backpack!


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Shell-b Rebel
11 Months Ago

Backpacks for refugees! For god sake these damn vague posts drive me nuts!


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Angie Pangie
12 Mar 2016

stop bloody moaning ! if you don't like it unlike it ffs !



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