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Stopover in Dominican Republic 🇩🇴

  • Stopover 12
  • San Domingo
  • from August 21 to September 22, 2023

Stopover 12

The Dominican Republic, Plastic Odyssey’s twelfth stopover

The Plastic Odyssey was in Santo Domingo in September 2023. A look back at this stopover to discover the waste management system and alternatives to plastic in the Dominican Republic.

Key figures

5

Workshops organized

5 workshops per industry sector to study the recovery of their resources or the use of new products (Retail, Hospitality & Tourism, Construction, Maritime sector, Public & Institutional sector).

700

Exhibition visitors

700 exhibition visitors for “The Treasure Chests” at the cultural center of Mindelo: a first in terms of attendance!

25

Explorers on a deserted island

25 disembarked explorers on the deserted island of Santa Luzia to assess the extent of damage caused by plastic pollution in the sea on this crucial ecosystem for the reproduction of sea turtles.

What should we remember from this stopover?

Access to resources and high demand for construction materials present many opportunities for plastic recycling. The entrepreneurs, institutions, industries and associations welcomed on board during the OnBoard Laboratory showed a lot of optimism about the development of the sector and a real willingness to act together.

Regarding reduction, we were able to meet particularly inspiring initiative holders, manipulating weaving and crochet systems with virtuosity. These discoveries can now enrich the exhibition trunks, which were a great success during these 2 weeks at the cultural center of Mindelo.

The final step of the stopover before changing continent is to go to the deserted island of Santa Luzia where turtles come to lay their eggs. Uninhabited yet filled with waste from the sea, the need to preserve it is all the greater. Alongside the Biosfera association and SCE company, we went to document and collect the waste on the windward side of the island. A special experience that encourages us to persevere in the protection of the biodiversity of the archipelago and the beauty of its marine ecosystems.

Web serie – Episode 5

Discover the fifth episode of the Web series produced in partnership with Les Éclaireurs.

Director: Valentin Proult

About the Expedition

Plastic Odyssey, an ambassador vessel for the fight against plastic pollution in the oceans, sails around the world to discover, reference, and share concrete solutions. A three-year expedition across three continents in countries most affected by plastic pollution.

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