Deputy Chairwoman Georgia Linaraki for Circular Economy

In a bid to raise awareness about the critical issue of marine pollution and the importance of adopting sustainable practices, Georgia Linaraki, Deputy Chairwoman of V Group, made a compelling statement during a recent underwater cleanup event in Thessaloniki. Linaraki’s message emphasized the urgent need for a circular economy approach to address the growing problem of plastic waste in our oceans.

The event, held in the picturesque coastal city of Thessaloniki, brought together environmental activists, local communities, and businesses dedicated to preserving the beauty and ecological health of Greece’s coastline. As a prominent figure in the circular economy movement, Georgia Linaraki used this platform to underscore the significance of transitioning towards a more sustainable and responsible way of managing resources.

Linaraki began her statement by acknowledging the disturbing reality of marine pollution, particularly the immense volumes of plastic waste that find their way into the oceans, endangering marine life and ecosystems. She highlighted that the linear “take-make-dispose” model, which dominates our current economy, is unsustainable and detrimental to the environment. Instead, she urged the adoption of a circular economy approach.

The circular economy model focuses on minimizing waste by designing products and systems with durability, reusability, and recycling in mind. It encourages the responsible management of resources, reduces environmental impact, and promotes long-term sustainability. Linaraki stressed that embracing this approach is essential to mitigate the disastrous effects of plastic pollution in our oceans.

During the cleanup event, volunteers and participants collected a significant amount of plastic waste, showcasing the urgency of the issue. Linaraki commended the dedication and efforts of those involved but emphasized that cleanup efforts alone are not enough to solve the problem. She urged businesses, policymakers, and individuals to actively participate in building a circular economy.