French Guiana, Plastic Odyssey’s ninth stopover
The crew made a stopover in French Guiana, the second leg of our mission to Latin America, which marked the Plastic Odyssey’s return to French territory, 9 months after the expedition’s departure from Marseille on October 1, 2022.
To better understand and tackle the issue of waste management, we divided the stopover into 3 parts – a first! Our first stop was in Cayenne, the economic and institutional heart of the region, where we organized a press conference, visited two industrial sorting plants, set up our exhibition of alternatives to plastic at the TOTEM in the Canopée des Sciences and welcomed 4 school groups aboard the ship.
Then, we set sail again for the Port de l’Ouest in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, where the Communauté de Communes de l’Ouest Guyanais (CCOG) had organized everything for our arrival. We held another press conference and displayed the Treasure Trunks at the foot of the boat.
In Saint-Laurent du Maroni, we also welcomed local entrepreneurs and institutions for session #10 of the OnBoard Laboratory. Classes of local schoolchildren climbed aboard, and for the first time we organized an open day for the general public! A victim of its own success, all the tour slots were booked within 3 hours. Even so, the operation attracted 150 visitors!
Our ninth stopover ended with a stopover in Suriname, where we visited the country’s only recycling center!