It wasn’t until I got to Lesbos that I became clear that the refugee situation on the Greek islands presented ecological challenges as well. Many of the tools they used to flee were abandoned on the shores. NGOs try to help through beach cleaning campaigns. In the northern part of the island, there was a collection point for abandoned flotation devices — a ‘life vest graveyard’ — and various ideas about reworking these into things like handbags or wallets.

Irene Schüller, initiator of the project