Creating a cleaner Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a jewel in the crown of the Indian Ocean. Sitting just off the coast of Tanzania, it’s rich history, culture and world class beaches make it a fabulous place for over 400,000 tourists to explore every year. But with a lack of municipal waste management systems, plastic is a problem.  

The TUI Care Foundation and social enterprise Chako have teamed up to help create a cleaner Zanzibar. Focusing on waste reduction, as well as capacity building and waste awareness activities, the project creates multiple economic opportunities for artisans, waste collectors, trainers, designers and students, whilst also developing environmental solutions for Zanzibar.  It also puts an emphasis on recycling and upcycling waste into beautiful interior items, souvenirs and accessories which are sold to tourists and tourism businesses on Zanzibar and beyond. 

Destination Zero Waste Zanzibar helps to tackle the waste and plastic challenges the island faces – and will collect 3,200.000 kg of glass and 12,000kg of plastic waste. 

The project will also play an important role in creating jobs and will focus on empowering women by helping them to find employment.  

10 new roles will be created at the upcycling station where local women, young people and artisans will create products made of recycled glass and plastic to support the island’s communities, while 30 existing jobs will be maintained. 

Tourists and local community groups can take tours of the factory and make their own products, and there’s an onsite boutique and café which offers the full range of handcrafted and up-and recycled products on sale. In total, 8000 people will visit the facility to participate in sustainable tourism experiences.  

Additionally, an educational programme for primary and secondary schools will help the younger generation learn more about sustainability and in total, 4500 people will be involved in exchange & waste awareness projects with students and the local community.   


Chako means ‘yours’ in Swahili, and it is the best word to describe its products, mission and vision. Founded in Zanzibar in 2010 as a social, creative enterprise, it trains uneducated and unemployed young men and women to create handcrafted, upcycled items from waste. The aim is to empower, skill, educate, preserve the (marine) environment and contribute to the (circular) economy of this beautiful pearl in the Indian Ocean. Chako is the first guaranteed member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) in Zanzibar and a leader in promoting fair wages, working and living circumstances, next to environmental awareness through re- and upcycling on the island. 

Focusing on fair wages, fair work, fair treatment, fair chances, no discrimination and a fair environment, social enterprise Chako invests all of its revenue to create more jobs, training, awareness programmes and solutions to re- and upcycle the tourism induced waste on the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

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