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On Lesbos, Dutch Volunteers Teach Migrants To Turn Boats Into Backpacks

30 March 2016

Boat.

Volunteers noticed a need for rucksacks while helping migrants disembark from inflatable boats in Lesbos in January. The bags are made from one folded piece of boat material, held together with rivets and clipped shut with buckles from life vests. The volunteers have held workshops for the migrants.

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Keywords: recycle, sustainability, bags, textiles, characteristics of technological outcomes, characteristics of technology

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