More than a tone of waste (1,127 kg) was removed from the seabed on the Holy Island of Delos by the team of All For Blue organization in a symbolic environmental mission, #KeepDelosBlue, which was implemented with the established and important support of the Group of Pharmaceutical Companies Tseti ( OFET: Uni-pharma and InterMed) and the assistance of free diving athletes.
Hats, plastic bags, sunglasses, fishing gear, chairs, signs, bottles, tires, irons and masks were some of the items that the group of free divers took from the bottom of the island, while the inflatable team with the experienced crew from Syros transported the garbage, divers and supervisors, despite the difficult weather conditions. The emotion was evident on the faces of the divers who participated as this island has a special energy and is a world heritage site.
At the same time, the Mykonos children’s team of All For Blue and the Green Team of the Tseti Group carried out with great enthusiasm and energy the coastal cleaning around the archeological site, removing disposable plastics, cables, ropes, tires, shoes, plastic bottles and several masks.
The CEO of the Tseti Pharmaceutical Group, MSc pharmacist, President of Global Compact Network Hellas and member of the Board of SEV Mrs. Ioulia Tseti, who was present at the environmental action, emphasizes: “It is the duty of all of us, businesses and citizens, to protect our planet and ecosystem. Both the health crisis we have been experiencing for over a year and a half, and the challenge of climate change, show the way to obtain a new productive model and at the same time to focus on Earth, to cultivate it and of course to protect Greek biodiversity, giving emphasis on medicinal plant crops. We at OFET, with the “SAVE THE SEA” actions and our motto “U & I Green – UNI-PHARMA & INTERMED”, we say Value for Man, Responsibility for Society and Respect for the Environment means respect for life.”
On her side, the founder of All For Blue, Katerina Topouzoglou said “The Holy Island of Delos is an integral part of World Culture. It is touching that the response from everyone was so great and substantial. The result of the cleaning and the amount of waste we collected was really impressive. Days like this give us great courage to continue the cleaning and awareness actions of All For Blue throughout Greece and to strengthen our efforts in order to be a part for a better tomorrow for our country”, stressed and warmly thanked all those who contributed to the cleaning.
“As the leader of the One Breath Freediving team, both myself and my athletes, of all ages and all levels, are first competitors, active and creative citizens and then athletes. With this mindset, any action of this kind will find us helpers, which is why we responded immediately to the invitation of All For Blue for the underwater cleaning”, said the coach of freediving record, Dimitris Koumoulos.
The action took place under the supervision of archaeologist Mr. Vakoulis, the ephorate of antiquities but also by the port body, members of which took part in the coastal cleaning, while a tour was preceded by Maria Moutsiou and Amaryllis Grypari.
“We managed to clean the island and take out a lot of garbage. I am happy for that, but I hope the visitors, next time, to pay attention and respect the place a little more”, said with a smile the ten year old Angelina Demolitsa, who participated in the coastal cleaning.
The safe transport of the volunteers was done with Delos Tours with the help of Mr. Francesco Nazo and with Don Blue Yachting.
The submarine cleaning was recorded by the submarine drone SofarOcean Trident, which the All For Blue team won in a competition abroad.
All waste was recorded in a global database.
Recycling bins are made from the plastic waste collected in our action, three of which are placed in different places on the island for the convenience of the visitors.
The cleaning action was carried out as always with reusable equipment, avoiding disposable plastics.
Photo: Spyros Priovolos, Markos Trakas, Gerasimos Voulgaris