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Dump it by the roadside, tip it in a waterway, throw it into the sea – from where it can often be washed ashore on beaches? It’s a global problem, but traditionally in islands where resources are finite, nothing was simply discarded. Driftwood became lintels and doorposts, worn-out clothes were turned into patchwork quilts and rag rugs, old cars were broken up for spares. We take a journey to islands around the world to look at ways in which waste problems are being turned into resource opportunities – from North Ronaldsay, to St Helena with its plastics recycling project.

This event is being run in partnership with the Virtual Island Summit which is sharing it with island communities around the world. It will be live streamed on the Island Innovation Facebook page. Alternatively, you can register for the Summit for free at, with the opportunity to learn from and share with other participants from islands worldwide.

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In collaboration with Island Innovation and Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

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