We have launched a Plastic free Dahab initiative the 2nd of October 2014 in co-operation with a worlwide acting environmental project called coge3 that was orginally started in Spain by the surfers who noticed the amounts of the garbage and for example plastic bags in the oceans and on the beaches.
Our goal is to have a Plastic Free Dahab in order to protect the surrounding nature and the amazing marine life of the Gulf of Aqaba.
The first steps were taken with the project immediately and already we have a nice amount of companies working within tourism, some hotels ans shops involved in the project who have promised to reduce the amount of plastics within the operations, take care of their environment and shops that have engaged to start using paper bags instead of the plastic ones.
In Egypt especially the plastic bags are causing a huge problem for the environment as the habit by many businesses is to give a bag for even the smallest items that have been bought. The marine life and the nature surrounding Dahab`s area is absolutely amazing and is attracting water sports fans and expecially divers from around the world, but if they amount of the trash thrown around and the plastic used without recycling, neither with a proper waste management, the nature will not be there as it is nowadays for the next generations. That is why we need to act now.
Our project will encourage the local entrepreneurs, visitors, locals and expats to reduce, recycle and to re-use. We will support the local shops with so many paper bags we can, support them with their actions for the project, develope ideas how to make their daily operations with less plastics used and also provide them work shops, knowledge and support actions. We are also supporting out co-operation partners with a helping hand with marketing and providing them our project logos and the project signs for their use for free. We are also trying to change the attitude of the whole town towards plastics and waste handling,
Joining the project is free for all the companies and individuals. We are also arranging events to clean up the surroundings, beaches and the sea of the lovely town , as well as to provide knowledge, education and work shops for the viewers of several events taking place in Dahab. The donations we will receive will go to the vital things needed at the first place, such as paper bags made of recycled paper, education materials and for the documentating the project.
Our project is organized by many active persons and we follow up the results constantly. You can follow our milestones, actions and other news at Dahab Events` Facebook page.