Bottles2boats (B2B) was founded through a collective movement of individuals aiming to promote environmental awareness in Kalamata on 18 July 2016. On year later in May, the organization began participating in events and exhibitions promoting the cause. It started building first plastic-shredder bicycle in June 2017 and provided first plastic shredder-bicycle to a private school in Kalamata in November. One month later, B2B started educational seminar/program in the private school. In February 2018, B2B completed new hand-held shredder.
B2B provided shredder-bicycle to public schools in Kalamata in March 2018. In June, the first EVS volunteer program for complete cycle of Bottles2boats was established and the first actual trial/sailing of completed boat in the sea happened. The B2B participated in two exhibitions in Kalamata Aiolos Sailing Club (March 2019) and in Thessaloniki Fix in Art Festival (May 2019). In October 2019, the second EVS volunteer program for complete cycle of Bottles2boats started.
The main drivers for the team are:
The idea and process for innovation encompass environmental education + physical activity + innovative recycling + upcycled equipment + reward participation.
The organization does not receive any government support. However, it has various sponsors for different events and project. They include Messinian Boats, Kalamata Aiolos Sailing Club, Neotherm workshop, Bougas School, and other local businesses supporting B2B events. Regarding the citizens involvement, the organization works with school like Bougas School, Aris Elementary School and Stoupa Primary School.
Currently, B2B has involved the Social Youth Development (K.A.NE.) and the volunteer organization R.A.D.I.Kal.A. (Recycling Awareness Design Innovation Kalamata Association). All decisions are discussed and made by both parties.
B2B is interested in establishing the following types of partnerships:
The organization contributes decisively to:
The objectives of the Educational Circle of Recycling are:
The target group is everyone in the community, especially the youth, children from all schools, volunteers, other Greek cities, European cities, and communities looking to be more sustainable.
The lessons learn are value of teamwork, camaraderie and responsibility in environmental work. Bottles2boats is already expanding their network locally, nationally and internationally.