Located in the Northern Sporades, the Greek island of Alonissos is vying for the “Greenest Island” title in the country. Although Greece and the EU already have plans to phase out wasteful plastic bags, the people here have embraced the idea, so on December 1st 2015 the ban went into effect. Alonnisos Mayor Petros Vafinis speaking to the press said “People here have had environmental concerns for a number of years, regardless of laws and prohibitions.” Alonissos is located in an area known as the National Marine Park of the Northern Sporades. This marine park dedicated to protecting wildlife is also part of the European Union’s Natura program. Another concern is the protection of the native Monk Seal endangered and found only here.

The recycling program began to really pick up momentum in 2012, and as Mayor Vafinis explains “When we started the recycling program, […]

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