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MIMYCRI: BAGS MADE FROM REFUGEE BOATS - ​A STORY OF HOPE

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For this kick-off episode of 2018, Claudi sat down with the inspiring Vera Günther, co-founder of mimycri (@mimycri). mimycri is a social startup that is really one-of-a-kind and totally expanded my awareness of what is possible in the field of circular economy - which, as you know, I’ve been diving in a lot lately through our circular economy tours.

A new year is usually kicking off with lots of hopes, plans and dreams - and if you are dreaming of a greener future, where people are just kind to each other, smile more, love and respect one another and love and respect our beautiful planet - be assured that you’re not alone in this. 

If you still think that we’re not enough to truly matter: trust me, everyone of us has the power to move things out there. Even if it’s just you or a small group of people. The best proof is my guest on the show today, an incredible female social entrepreneur and passionate environmentalist: Vera Günther, the co-founder of mimycri.

WHAT MIMYCRI DOES?

mimycri consists of a bunch of dedicated people, reclaiming leftover rubber boats - which transport hundreds of refugees over to the shores of Europe - and turn them into super beautifully designed bags and backpacks!

Exactly - WOW! That’s what i was thinking too. And my chat to Vera was probably one of the most touching & at the same time most empowering and motivating interviews I had. Getting such a truthful account of what’s happening out there, right now, from someone who’s actually been on the ground… It really really touched me. At the same time it’s SO encouraging to listen to Vera and feel her passion… how they made it work as a team…

On top of that, with their beautiful products they prove that sustainability doesn’t have to be a trade off anymore. All in all, I feel super aligned with a lot of Vera’s values - especially her positive outlook on things.

Please, please, please, have a listen, it’s such a unique story and you’ll get such a better picture than the one painted by the mass media. In times of uncertainty and fear of the “other”, I couldn’t imagine anyone who would stay negative and anxious after listening to Vera’s messages. I’m sure it convinces every critic …

Anyway, before jumping in, I just wanna give a quick apology - the sound of my voice on this audio isn’t the greatest... Vera sounds great though, that is what matters 🙂 But I wanted to share with you the reason: we recorded the show when I was in transition on my way to Australia. Yep, I’m in the Aussie sister city of Berlin, in Melbourne, connecting with the local eco scene here and seeing if we can kick off GreenMe Melbourne. It’s pretty exciting, I’m meeting lots of interesting people and projects. And I can feel a crazy strong tie between Berlin and Melbourne. Last week I joined Jessie from Leftover Lovers for a zero waste cooking workshop - turns out she’s been in living in Berlin and worked with Pepe & friends at Nowhere Kitchen! I tell you, it’s no coincidence...

I believe that it’s key to broaden our horizons and see what’s going on in the rest of the world - and learn about other social, sustainable, eco-minded projects. Everything is connected on this planet. And we all need to join forces in order to protect it. So, if you’re curious to see what’s moving in the green scene on the other end of the world, stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and Instagram and soon also on www.greenme.melbourne. And if you’re around in Melbourne, let us know and maybe you even wanna join one of our first tours over here!

Now, I kept you waiting long enough again - without any further pre-talks, here comes Vera of mimycri...


IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • A truly unique take on how circular economy can look like
  • Why it’s important to look back and celebrate
  • A first-hand report of the situation on a refugee arrival point
  • How a washing machine can create a huge impact
  • A business model that puts people on eye level
  • The hardest moment to explain European politics to people who just survived
  • How to find the battle you’re passionate to fight for <3
  • What makes Vera jump out of bed every morning
  • Why it’s better to do something small than to do nothing
  • The secret meaning behind the name mimycri
  • Why it’s crucial to have products that speak for themselves
  • mimycri’s vision to create a new and open society
  • When is it okay to be an occasional materialist?
  • The power of a community of like-minded people
  • How the newcomers of the mimycri team feel about their work
  • The various stages of the journey of a mimycri bag
  • What happens if there are no more rubber boats
  • Why mimycri had to be launched in Berlin
  • Social entrepreneurship vs. public sector NGO’s
  • The enormous value of criticism & the various types of criticism
  • The importance of not giving up on your dreams
  • Why failure is not an option !

...and heaps more! There’s a lot of value and motivation to be taken from this interview. So without any further pre-talks, here comes Vera of mimycri.

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MIMYCRI - INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

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THIS IS MIMYCRI

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FINAL WORDS:

I’m just blown away by the amount of dedicated people I get to meet on this show and in everyday life… It really strengthens me in my beliefs that we can change the world for the better, that it’s not too late & that it’s right to be positive and let positive energy fuel you.

If you enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to hop on over to iTunes and leave us a short review. Your feedback is super important to make the show better and also to spread the messages to more people. Very very grateful for everyone who supports us. You’re making our work worthwhile ?

Now, I hope you have a huge smile on your face, go out there, spread some positive future vibes - and always remember to keep it green!


MIMYCRI - SHOWNOTES & LINKS MENTIONED

[photo credit © mimycri]

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That’s it! Thanks so much for listening! Good times are coming & we all have the power to make it happen. So go out & spread some good green vibes 🙂

// MIMYCRI //

@ Fab Lab (Prenzlauer Berg)

GET IN TOUCH​:

Email: tell@mimycri.com | Tel: +49 172 88 57412 9 

mimycri.de

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