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Recycled art, respect for the environment and taking action

July 5, 2012

Greeks don’t give a shit about the environment.

They toss their cigarettes, cigerette packs, frape and even whole bags of garbage out of their car window.

They dump garbage along the road and throw their old fridges, washing machines and television sets off a cliff instead of recycling them.

At least, that’s what most people’s perception is…

Well, not in Arillas! In Arillas we make an art out of recycling! Vassilis of the Armourada restaurant has exhibited his artistic qualities in several sculptures made entirely of recycled materials. Aluminium cans, plastic bottles, tobacco packs and old toys create trees and decorate recycling bins and ashtrays.

This art by Vassilis is just an indication of the changing attitude of many of the inhabitants of Arillas towards recycling and the environment the last years. It all started with cleaning the beach and village, an activity in which volunteers, both locals and foreigners staying here, participated every spring (but also on emergency occasions such as last August with the tar on the beach). Then, a couple of years ago there was an idea to make garbage collection stations to tidy up the garbage bins. The idea was realized with great success and other villages are following this example already. The Arillas Trail is another initiative showing that people are becoming more aware of their environment, and if you visit Arillas beach you will see that everybody is doing their best to make it look better every day and keep it clean.

So, Arillas is becoming more conscious regarding the environment and people are becoming active in making their place better. And this all comes back to them, as involvement, empowerment and art are great tools to make better people!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2012 9:33 am


  2. IOANNIS VRADIS permalink
    July 11, 2012 4:08 pm

    I am Corfiot, therefore I suppose Greek. I and all my friends, do not through garbage out of our cars’ windows and we do care for the environment. The statement “Greeks do not give a shit for the environment” is oversimplified, racist and insaulting. The author should have written “some Greeks”, or “many Greeks”. I am expecting an apology.

    • July 11, 2012 4:57 pm

      Hello Ioannis!

      I am also Corfiot and Greek and I sincerely apologize for offending you.

      When I wrote the first three lines I was not expressing a fact, but rather the stereotypes that apply to Greeks. You are absolutely right that it is oversimplified and I know that there is a large (and growing) number of Greeks that do not do all those terrible things and who do care about the environment. I still find it sad that this consciousness seems to be spreading very slowly and that the garbage-dumping driver is not extinct yet.

      What we are trying to do at Green Corfu is exactly to raise awareness about such issues, sometimes in an unorthodox way…!

      Thanks for your comment and sorry once again.


  3. Bob Bakker permalink
    July 25, 2012 5:35 pm

    I’m neither Greek or Corfiot, although I sometimes feel like one and with that I mean the later. Some 25 years ago I came for the first time to Corfu. A magical place, full of friendly people willing to help make our holiday the best we ever had, wunderfull fresh food, beautifully views, beaches and landscapes. At that time we rented a appartement in Acharavi, still a small place in those days. We decided to rent a scooter to see more of this beautiful island and beautiful it was ….. and ugly to….. After or first trip I started counting the “rubbish dumps” on or routes and marked them on my road map. I still have this map and on the route from Acharavi to Liapades I counted 27 dumps. It seemed ( yes oversimplefied) that 5 out of 10 cliffs, al of them as long as you looked forward and upwards with fantastic views were used as dumps. 2 years ago I took the same route and counted just 4 cliffs with waste of some form. A very big improvement. Sometimes a oversimplified statement is needed to raise awareness, it made me read this blog and hopefully many more. Two weeks from now we will visited Corfu again for 25 days and I promis you to produce as little waste as possible 🙂

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