Helping to create the recycling program and helping educate members of community of District Santa Isabel, Panama on importance of recycling for environment

Project: Creation of a plastic recycling program

Recycling is necessary in every country, but in these local, Caribbean towns, where the ocean washes tons of plastic on the shores a day, it is a huge need in the local towns. There is a major need for a well-designed and sustainable recycling program, and the sharing of this knowledge and skill.


Each year before the attendees arrive at Tribal Gathering we clean the beaches. Thousands of plastic bottles washed ashore. What are we to do with all that plastic other that burn it. We’re in the process of setting up a project to recycle as much of this waste as possible.

We’re going to shred, melt and extrude the HDPE, thick bottles and plastic bottle tops into molds to make plates for our cafes.

Normal plastic pop bottles are going to be cut into a plastic thread and woven into place mats and picnic blankets.

During Tribal Gathering we’ll be running workshops to show this in action and allow our attendees to actively participate in this recycling program.

The plastic recycling program will be realized in phases:

1.      The installation of the plastic recycling equipment and facilities

2.      Developing and creating recycling and environmental educative talks, as well as recycling education workshops.

3.      Educating and promoting new plastic recycling programs in local communities

4.      Collection, sorting, cleaning, and recycling of plastic in the surrounding villages and beach