3π is an initiative that seeks to simultaneously address the question of the social inclusion and financial independence of refugees in a stale economy and the pressing environmental and ethical issue of food waste, through the development of a model for the effective management of the latter. We envision a circular and social economy scheme run by refugees and locals, comprised by small food waste producers (e.g. local businesses) and a food waste management facility in a low-emission system.
Thessaloniki, Northern Greece
The political agenda is dominated by migration, economy and environment. Reactions to the former -largely based on economic concerns- threaten democracy and cohesion in Europe. By creating new green jobs for refugees and locals, we establish a virtuous circle and answer to all three issues at once.
In a year we will have: a functional food waste management facility and support system; set a solid circular and social economy example - a starting point for a wider network of multiple such units in Greece & abroad; trained people in an emerging field; created new jobs for vulnerable individuals.
We will begin by setting up a small food waste management unit in the peri-urban area of Thessaloniki. The training of the people that will participate will commence immediately and continue for the duration of the project. We will then go on engaging local business owners and other food waste producers (e.g. schools), and implementing an operating plan that will consist of a daily communications platform, a food waste collection and control scheme and a low-emission logistics system.
2015; working in catering and shocked by the amount of food and organic matter ending up in the bin. 2016; gearing up to deal with food waste, but refugees urgently needed to be sheltered. 2018; refugees need jobs to be able to live with dignity and together with locals protect the environment.
Refugees & vulnerable individuals; the environment. The aim is to train them so they can gain employment in Greece or wherever in the EU they may relocate to and create a green & socially inclusive business model that can be easily replicated anywhere in the EU the resource, i.e. food waste, exists.
We would love feedback / suggestions on the external communication of the project. Also, any ideas on how to engage the waste producers, as well as how to motivate those we are aiming to include to these job opportunities. We could learn from any case studies or initiatives - positive or negative.