In West Africa, so-called "pure water" bags are used on a daily basis for the distribution of drinking water at an affordable cost for the populations. They seek to quench their thirst at any time and anywhere, by subscribing to the "pure water" distribution system. However, after use, large quantities of plastic waste are discarded into nature. A practice that constitutes a real danger for the preservation of the environment.
APEVIA (Action Pour une Economie Verte et Inclusive) and SICHEM AGRO-DR, two associations under Togolese law, are working together to give a second life to Pure water bags made from plastic waste.
The two organizations sealed the SICHEM - APEVIA partnership in a friendly manner with a symbolic ceremony to hand over 200 plastic bags collected on July 24th at the SICHEM farm.
This ecological partnership aims to collect pure water bags in the streets of Lomé and villages, which will be made available to the SICHEM farm to be used as nurseries for artemisia plants. The final destination of these seedlings will be the new APEVIA artemisia fields being set up.
This symbolic gesture augurs well for a very beautiful associative vision for a green economy with plastic bags lying around and polluting the environment.
Aware that this second life for the water sachets is not totally satisfactory, the two associations do not intend to stop at this stage. Other joint actions are being considered for the possibility of reusing the same water sachet for several nurseries. A third (and perhaps last life) could come into being in the future, thanks to its use as a raw material to produce bags and kits in partnership with companies specializing in the recycling of these plastics.
It should be noted that APEVIA is an eco-citizen association, concerned about environmental protection for the social development of Africans.
It is imperative to act today to protect the environment "our common home" and develop an economy that is concerned about the social, human and economic development of the planet's populations.
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