Alongside local authorities, the Conservatoire du littoral and other committed players, SMILO is working to reduce waste at source and improve its local treatment. The association is developing a “zero plastic” approach which aims to help small islands of less than 150 km² to reduce single-use plastics in their territory. The aim of the project is to make the archipelago of the Iles d’Or (Porquerolles, Port Cros and the Levant) an exemplary pilot territory by extending this approach already initiated in Porquerolles to the whole archipelago. In particular, a micro-processing line for the production of alternatives to single-use plastic from waste from the cane farm in Provence will be set up and integrated into the development of the Esprit Parc brand with the support of the Port-Cros National Park. These alternatives will be designed, used, sorted and composted locally. The project provides for the support of local stakeholders to facilitate the transition. An awareness-raising campaign aimed at engaging the inhabitants and users of the islands will also be deployed.
At the same time, drawing inspiration from the tools set up on the Iles d’Or, SMILO will explore the possibility of replicating the approach and producing alternatives, with by-products from date palms on the islands of Kerkennah (Tunisia), and with cork on the island of Tavolara (Italy).
Throughout the project, a component of communication, valorisation and exchanges of good practices will be set up. Field visits of the different project partners on the other islands will enable the actors to share their results and to benefit from the experience of other initiatives. SMILO also plans to promote the results to its international network and to the other BeMed call for projects laureates.