The environmental group All for Blue, which has been active for 10 years, has removed 32 tons of waste from the bottom of the Cyclades islands since 2018, says founder Katerina Topouzoglou.
Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, Topouzoglou says that All for Blue is based on volunteer work that has been active in Greece and abroad.
“I founded this organization to make a difference in terms of the protection of the marine ecosystem,” she says.
Topouzoglou was an underwater shooting champion and free diving athlete, having a love for the sea from a very young age. For the past 10 years, through the All for Blue group, she organizes a series of actions to protect the marine ecosystem.
In the context of actions for the Circular Economy, the plastics collected from the actions of the organization, go through special processing and are transformed into structural recycled material for many uses.
One of the uses is the garbage bins that were built for the school classrooms in the Cyclades. An action that was warmly embraced by the school community, but also by the local community, Topouzoglou says.
Speaking about the work of the team, she says that so far they have conducted training seminars for over 55,000 students and removed more than 220 tons of waste in underwater and coastal cleaning activities.
“At All for Blue we have created 20 groups/nuclei of students in different places in Greece and abroad where they continue our activities. The largest is that of Kalymnos where it consists of students – swimmers where together with their coach they carry out systematic actions of underwater and coastal cleaning,” she says.
Topouzoglou says that “the most recent mission of our volunteers was on Kinaros where, in addition to cleaning, we transported supplies and medicines to the only resident of the island, Mrs. Rini, who is a close friend of the organization.”