Archipelago without Plastic: Krapanj and Zlarin Islands Moving Away from Disposable Plastics!

Daniela Rogulj

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“For Zlarin without plastic” is an initiative initiated by Ana Robb, Nataša Kandijaš, Ivana Kordić, and Jelena Radošević to stop the use of disposable plastic on the island, making Zlarin the first Croatian island free of disposable plastics, reports HRTurizam.

The initiative was recognized and received great media attention, but also numerous awards, and with new partners – the association “Together for Krapanj” and the Tourist Board Krapanj-Brodarica, the project “Archipelago without plastic” designed a way to spread the Zlarin example to other islands – for a start, on Krapanj.

“In the past three years, the island of Zlarin has made significant progress in reducing pollution with disposable plastics, but also a shift towards the concept of sustainable tourism through which we provide visitors with summer content in the summer season,” said Tatavaka and Together for Krapanj, which are launching this new initiative in cooperation with the Zlarin and Krapanj-Brodarica tourist boards.

The program will start on July 4 in Krapanj at the Hotel “Spongiola” with the signing of the Charter on Krapanj without plastic, and at the same time, the trabaccalo Desto of the Cukrov family, who are co-signatories of the Charter, will dock in the port of Krapanj. This 120-year-old wooden trabaccalo has survived the dominance of plastic ships, and on this occasion, it will become a mobile gallery of the artist Sanja M. Vukman and her exhibition of ecological signs entitled “Objects of an imaginary traveler through the archipelago of dreams”.

The presented personal belongings of the imaginary traveler are real props for traveling through the archipelago experienced through the process of research and contemporary interpretation of traditional living. The exhibits are useful objects, field samples, seeds, working materials in the process, fragments, and fragments connected by the same longing to live the daily available poetry of small things.

Island caterers and other small entrepreneurs who primarily depend on the reduction of plastic distribution will sign the “Charter of Krapanj without plastic” and thus become the first island with which the adventure of “Plastic-free archipelago” begins.

The initiative is supported by the City of Šibenik, as a partner in the BeMed program project, as well as the Šibenik-Knin County. The project partner and support at the international level is SMILO – Small Island Organization, while the initiative is supported by Julije Domac, President of the Energy Transition Council of the President of the Republic of Croatia and Director of REGEA who will join the opening and “Island Movement” as a network organization island communities of Croatia.

The associations are especially proud of the cooperation with the ambassador of the “Archipelago without plastic” – Domagoj Jakopović Ribafish, whose project “RokOtok” symbolically connects Krapanj, Zlarin and – as the next step – the island of Prvić. Ribafish will start the implementation of this year’s “RokOtok” edition by swimming between Brodarica and Krapanj, and will hold workshops for children in Krapanj and Zlarin.

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