Discarded Refugee Life Jackets Repurposed Into Warm Mattresses

Discarded Refugee Life Jackets Repurposed Into Warm Mattresses

Volunteers in Greece have found that creative recycling can result in social good

Lauren Garvey
  • 9 may 2016

UNHCR volunteers operating on the Greek Island of Lesbos got creative with respect to repurposing the mountains of life jackets that have been left behind by refugees on the island’s beaches.

Danish volunteers Anezka Sokol and Mads Damgaard Petersen remarked at the number of refugees who were forced to sleep on the ground at night. Sokol looked at the piles of discarded life vests and realized that they were filled with an insulation material that could be used to construct thick, insulated mattresses. The two volunteers then began enlisting others to help them with their project.

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