Destination Zero Plastic Curaçao

Curaçao’s Journey to Circularity

Plastic waste and pollution is a challenging issue on the beautiful island of Curacao, with more plastic currently being imported than is being sustainably managed.

An overburdened landfill site also contains waste - including plastic - and is expected to reach capacity by 2025.

The TUI Care Foundation, together with Green Phenix and additional local partners including Mambo Beach, is supporting Curaçao on its journey to plastic circularity. We aim to increase plastic recycling, support green jobs and create unique experiences for tourists and locals to take action to reduce waste.

In a circular economy waste is eliminated, resources are circulated and nature is regenerated to help tackle global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss and waste management.

The project forms part of the TUI Care Foundation’s Destination Zero Plastic Programme, which addresses plastic pollution, to protect local livelihoods and ecosystems, particularly at island destinations. The TUI Care Foundation is a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastic Initiative.

Annually, around 1200 metric tonnes of waste ends up as litter in the natural environment, with even more washing up on the shore from ocean currents. This has a devastating impact on wildlife like sea turtles, as well as on the destination and its local communities.

The journey starts at Mambo Beach Boulevard, where plastic and aluminium waste is collected and transported to Green Phenix. Here, it’s sorted, shredded into colourful flakes and turned into marketable products with a 3D printer or extruder.

Visitors can tour the operation and are  taken through each step of this colourful process, with souvenirs and products available to purchase or order.

The project also creates green jobs and accessible income opportunities for local people, organises educational workshops for school children and trains young people to learn to use the 3D printers and extruder machines.


About Green Phenix

Green Phenix is a social enterprise that aims to creates a circular inclusive economy in the Caribbean.

Plastic waste is collected and with innovative technology transformed into new, long-lasting & meaningful products.


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