Dirty Girls is proud to be pioneering the use of the simple environmental practice of washing used materials in humanitarian relief efforts: with the vision that it will become the status quo for the larger international humanitarian agencies and refugee host governments.
Dirty Girls washes (to hospital standards), blankets, sleeping bags and other materials so that they can be reused, rather than the present practices of most International Non Government Organisations – the cavalier trashing of all materials and replacement with new ones.
Dirty Girls was initiated in 2015, so that good quality wet and dirty clothing discarded by thousands of people fleeing war and terror, arriving by sea on the island of Lesvos, would not be trashed.
Dirty Girls uses huge capacity machines, washing to hospital standards.
Now about 60,000 people live in sub standard camps all over Greece. The borders to other countries are closed so they are trapped.
Washing their blankets and sleeping bags is necessary for comfort, health and dignity. Without Dirty Girls washing them, they would be trashed and replaced.
Dirty Girls uses three huge commercial laundries in Lesvos, Athens and Northern Greece.
Dirty Girls operations are funded by donors from all over the world: people with a common compassion for other people who have become refugees, and a concern for our shared environment.
So far, Dirty Girls has saved over 700 tons of material from landfill.