The Samoa Tourism Authority in close partnership with the (South) Pacific Tourism Organization (PTO) under the Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative recently hosted a week-long training on Repurposing Plastics.
The training held during 14th -18th November in Apia targeted women, men, youth, people with disabilities and the LGTBQI community, focussed mostly on utilising plastic PET bottles and tin cans to craft a range of items for home décor as well as fashion accessories.
The focus of the initiative is to promote, educate and encourage the protection of the environment through sustainable tourism approaches in alignment with ongoing efforts towards a resilient and sustainable tourism recovery.
To help sustain the quality delivery of the program, representatives from different agencies that already have strong crafting experience took part in the train-the-trainer component of the programme. It is intended that knowledge gained will be shared across the tourism industry and other sectors.