Villa Serena Hotel Hosts ReCrearte Workshop Series as Part of Social Responsibility ProgramNovember 15, 2015
A creative recycling program was held at the scenic Villa Serena Hotel in Las Galeras, Samaná as part of the hotel’s social responsibility program. ReCrearte, an initiative of GFDD/Funglode, is coordinated by Bertha Santana and focuses on the three R’s of sustainability- reduce, reuse, and recycle. Workshops concentrate on repurposing discarded materials into new objects that can be sold for income.
This event marked the beginning of a series of workshops based on the Recrearte model. For this first event various groups of young people from nearby communities were invited to the workshop, which was held in the lobby of the hotel. A brief
talk was given to motivate the group to develop creative recycling as a way for each of them to support environmental protection efforts. The attendees then began the hands-on part of the workshop, reusing leftover shirts from the Environmental Film Festival to make unique tote bags. Upcoming workshops will use materials such as wood and seeds that can be sold in tourist areas, thus helping to generate economic benefits for the creators.
ReCrearte works with the most disadvantaged members of the community who receive training in the art of recycling and creating new objects from waste and, at the same time, learn to develop an alternative source of income. The program revolves around the “three golden rules” – or 3Rs – for the proper management of solid waste: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The workshops demonstrate and emphasize the idea that recycling waste and transforming it into art strengthens both individuals and