Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction: check the winners!

Monday 08 January 2024

MedWaves and ACR+ are thrilled to reveal the winners of call for actions of the second edition of the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction, funded by the EU through the SwitchMed Programme. 40 actions developers expressed their interest and submitted their proposals for action in the Mediterranean. Let’s explore the 4 actions selected and to be implemented in 2024!

The 4 selected Action Developers are:


Main Activities: Waste Reduction Program: Launch awareness campaigns and upcycling workshops. Highlight a unique refill system for products like soap, candles, and sprays. Educational Workshops: Targeted programs for youth, emphasizing upcycling experience workshops and zero-waste animator training, with a focus on women. Collaboration Platform with Local Businesses: Partner with local businesses for eco-packaging solutions, emphasizing marketing and promotion strategies. Empowerment of Women: Train women as zero-waste animators, actively involving them in the waste reduction program and upcycling workshops. Youth Engagement: Mobilize and encourage youth to lead in waste prevention, implementing educational programs and upcycling workshops. Community Engagement: Engage families, employees, coastal community members, and tourists to foster a mindset shift towards sustainable practices.


Main Activities: Recruit youth as ambassadors for environmental sustainability. Conduct awareness sessions about PET plastic waste and collaborate with universities and organizations for PET bottle collection. Provide 3D design training and workshops to create 3D-printed products using recycled PET. Engage youth in conferences and events addressing environmental issues. Display and sell 3D-printed products at events to fund the project.


Main Activities: TerraPods Bio-Design Youth Fellowship: A 7-day program to develop green and circular businesses, focusing on plant-based materials and reuse packaging. Mitigate climate change effects through innovative alternatives to packaging. Mobilize youth (18 to 35) in preventing packaging waste. Showcase resulting products in an onsite art exhibit and sell them at the EcoSouk marketplace.

APLM – Protection of Our Sea and Lagoon

Develops workshops on coastal cleanups, sustainable living practices, the role of women entrepreneurs in the circular economy, and community engagement.


The Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction in a nutshell:

The Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction is a raising-awareness campaign on waste prevention in the Mediterranean region, highly inspired by the consolidated experience and results of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR).

The campaign is led by 2 organisations with a solid network and expertise on circular economy and on the Mediterranean area:  ACR+ and MedWaves, the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for SCP. This second edition has been entirely funded by the EU through the SwitchMed Programme.

More about the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction here