Development Aid and Sustainability

“The three years of my long journey around the globe have shown me one thing: help is drastically needed to cope with the current environmental crisis in the oceans. I haven’t found a single uninhabited island on which we didn’t fill a 60-litre bag with plastic waste within barely an hour. The helplessness of the local population who don’t have any sustainable solution to deal with the garbage that had washed up over the years was hard to bear.”

Fortunately, by now there are some great efforts worldwide to offer solutions and finally clean up but the only natural filter in the wide ocean, the small islands, are forgotten. We, the main producers of the plastic, by which the islanders are flooded by no fault of their own, are obligated to help.

Therefore, the future of G-Cubes lies not only in expanding school events but also in development aid. G-Cubes wants to offer solutions and tools so the people of the “lost” islands have the possibility to develop and organise their own independent garbage management.

Sponsorship

G-Cubes is looking for sponsors for small islands on which actions, mostly in collaborations with schools, have already been carried out. A sponsorship enables small groups, individuals, and associations to invest in specific archipelagos and thus give the impetus to the local population to being able to become independently active in waste disposal. The sponsorships are intended as one-off funding.

Planned: Green Visa

Daily up to 400 tons of waste land on the garbage island Thilafushi off the coast of the capital Malé. Most plastics are burned unfiltered. The archipelago of the Maldives encompasses 1196 islands of which 220 are inhabited by locals while another 144 are used for touristic purposes. Before the COVID-19 pandemic the Maldives were visited by more than one million tourists per year. There is no visa requirement.

The basic concept of GREEN VISA connects the topic of garbage and the island residents with the resorts and tourists who are supposed to compensate the local population for the disposal of the plastic waste. The locals produce G-Cubes and the visitors are urged to buy a cube instead of an obligatory visa and take it home. This way the tourists are given the possibility to actively take part in the garbage disposal. GREEN VISA generates income and work for the local population.

G-Cubes wants to produce 660 compactors on site and distribute them among the 220 inhabited islands. Five G-Cubes employees will introduce schools and the local population to the production of G-Cubes over a period of 4 months and train them to hold school events. This phase ensures the sustainability of the GREEN VISA.

The selling of the G-Cubes takes place in the resorts and guesthouses. The manufactured G-Cubes are exhibited in the reception areas. Before heading home, the guests are encouraged to choose their favourite cube and buy it for $20.


G-Cubes-Member Philip Trachsel with a firend and producer of new compressing machines in Huhu Male, Maledives.

Planned: San Blas Islands

The San Blas Islands off the jungle coast of Panama are a prime example of the marine plastic pollution situation. The island inhabitants, the Kuna people, produce next to no waste, yet their beaches are flooded with plastic garbage. Due to the location of the archipelago and the prevailing winds and currents a large part of the waste that enters the sea via the rivers in the coastal cities of Columbia is washed up on the beaches of the San Blas Islands. In Santa Marta, Barranquilla, and Cartagena efforts are being made to prevent the plastic from entering the sea. This would be a blessing for the Kuna people. Nevertheless, the islands must be cleaned.

G-Cubes wants to establish an autonomous waste management in collaboration with the local population. By the end of 2023 the San Blas Islands are meant to be almost plastic free and a sustainable and independent waste management implemented.

Implementation by the office of Cartagena:

  • Expansion of existing contacts
    and planning (until the end of 2022)
  • Production of compactors and introduction to school projects.
    Start of production of G-Cubes (January – July 2022).
  • Organisation for the disposal of the collected garbage that is not processed into G-Cubes (transportation and feed for recycling or professional disposal) (until the end of 2023).


Learn more about the activities of G-Cubes Cartagena

Adress

Verein G-Cubes
c/o Roman Sterchi
Rathausplatz 3
CH–3011 Bern

Contact

Harald Reichenbach
Chairman & Founder
h.reichenbach@g-cubes.com
+41 76 437 71 21

Office Cartagena
Andres Linares
a.linares@g-cubes.com

Donation

Berner Kantonalbank AG
Verein G-Cubes
IBAN CH61 0079 0016 9438 1878 2
Konto: 16 943.818.7.82
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