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!
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