Protecting the seas is no a
buzzword. It’s a real necessity
with real consequences if we
don’t act now.

We have envisioned cleaner seas by empowering
every fisherman to fish sustainably and get rid of
plastics that polute our seas in the process

Fishermen are a vital part of the solution

We believe that the solution is education.
There is an opportunity to train the next
generation of fishermen in Greece in
sustainable fishing techniques, such as
finishing tourism and at the same time boost
job creation

The Need for Sustainable Fishing

30%

drop in Fish Stocks throughout
Europe since 1995 according to
2016 reports

– Eurostat.

100%

of Europe’s own fish has been
consumed; creating a need to
bring in stocks from elsewhere

– New Economics Foundation (NEF)

The Need for Cleaning the Sea

14%

of plastic packaging is collected
for recycling, despite the launch
of the first universal recycling
symbol more than 40 years ago
– Ellen MaccArthur Foundation.

8mm

tonnes plastics leak into the
ocean, equivalent to dumping the
contents of one garbage truck
into the ocean every minute.
– Ellen MaccArthur Foundation.
based on data from
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

2014

2050

AMOUNT OF PLASTICS
PRODUCTION

311 MT

1,124 MT

RATIO OF PLASTICS TO FISH
IN THE OCEAN (BY WEIGHT)
1:5
1:1
PLASTICS’ SHARE OF GLOBAL OIL CONSUMPTION
6%
20%
PLASTICS’ SHARE OF
CARBON BUDGET
1%
15%

ABOUT REFRESH

THE ORIGINS OF THE SEA

One day, we were on a educational fishing trip. At the moment
the fisherman got his catch, together with the nets were quite a
lot of garbage. We were shocked to watch the fisherman throw
them back in the sea. This is when, we had the idea to create a
system, so as to collect, store and recycle these garbage.

THE PILOT PROJECT

We created a pilot with fishing boats in May 2018. We equipped the boats with bins for litter, and were surprised to see that in this way, through passive fishing, each fishing boat was collecting 100-150 kilos of litter per week, litter that was lying
50-500 meters deep in the sea, varying from bottles, cans,
ghost nets to parts of cars and airplanes.

THE BEGINNING OF REFRESH

Currently, through the support of our partner and investor A.
Laskaridis Foundation, we launched the project with 10 fishing
boats, and we have the capacity to clean 1 ton of garbage per
week from the sea. Greece has 250 fishing boats using this
fishing technique (small trawlers), and we expect to
collaborate with 100 fishing boats in the next 3 years, which will
give us the capacity to clean 10 tons of garbage per week from
the sea.

THE FUTURE OF REFRESH

At the same time, we try to create partnerships to recycle and
upcycle the garbage, so as to be able to create a sustainable
and self funded business model. Our first partnership has
already been made towards this direction, with an organization
named HealthySeas, which collects the ghost nets and creates
various products.

This year, we expect to collect and recycle 30 tons of litter from
the sea. We plan to find ways to create products, such as
bracelets, out of these material.

OUR GOALS FOR 2020

150

students

in the Enaleia fishing
school

500

professionals

trained on sustainable
fishing

10

tons

of garbage cleaning from
the sea per week

500

professionals

trained on sustainable
fishing
ReFresh is a project by Enaleia, a social enterprise that aims to revolutionize the fishing sector through interactive education and recycling innovations.

ADDRESS

Iroon Politechniou 91

PHONE

6970 992220
6940 409202

EMAIL

info@enaleia.com

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