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TUI to Offer Income Opportunities While Recycling Plastic on Zanzibar

TUI Care Foundation and Chako to clean Zanzibar from plastic
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The TUI Care Foundation and Chako join forces to create a cleaner Zanzibar – helping to protect the beautiful archipelago in the Indian Ocean, whilst fostering social and economic opportunities for its communities.

Over the next three years a zero-waste plastic collection and upcycling station will be built and brought to life. At least 50 disadvantaged and unemployed young people will be offered training and income opportunities, whilst local artisans will be able to preserve their beautiful craft and live a more stable and sustainable life.

Known as the Spice Island, beautiful Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, alongside its idyllic white sandy beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. All of this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore. Before the pandemic hit, up to 400,000 people visited the island each year, making tourism the most important catalyst for growth on the island.

The pandemic has brought the island’s economy to an almost complete standstill. New initiatives and partnerships are needed to save jobs and create sustainable incomes for local people. Chako and the TUI Care Foundation will not only open up new opportunities for Zanzibari women and young people, it will also help to tackle the waste and plastic challenges the island faces.

At a newly established plastic upcycling station, visitors as well as local community groups will be able to experience Chako’s recycling operation, take a tour of the factory and make a product for themselves. Located between the spice farms in the heart of Zanzibar, there’s also an onsite boutique and cafe, where the full range of handcrafted and up- and recycled products will be on sale.

The initiative will expand the recycling of plastic on the island, significantly reducing the amount of waste which ends up in landfill, on the beaches or in the sea. In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, three new product lines will be launched for visitors to purchase and support the island’s communities and their efforts to reduce waste and littering.

In addition, an educational programme for primary and secondary schools will reach out to 750 students and over 50 teachers – both onsite at the workshop and at participating schools all over the island. The goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of waste being burned or ending up in the environment and to show how waste should be handled. The outreach programme is designed to educate students about recycling, as they experience onsite how waste gets separated and prepared for production. They will also have the chance to create a new product themselves – seeing first-hand how waste can be turned into a meaningful object. The programme will encourage the students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to support their own future development.

To help local communities thrive, the initiative will offer multiple employment opportunities for tour guides, drivers, designers, waste collection groups and handy men. Through its sales of recycled and upcycled products, the workshop itself aims to become financially self-sustaining by the end of the three-year set-up phase.

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