mimycri’s story

mimycri is a registered non-for-profit organization in Germany. In a diverse team, newcomers and Berliners make history tangible by working together. We upcycle broken refugee rubber boats into high quality bags.

The idea for mimycri was born on the Greek island Chios where the co-founders – Vera and Nora – volunteered several times since 2015 welcoming people arriving at the shores. This experience motivated Vera and Nora to stay engaged and do something.

mimycri is about a change in perspective. It demonstrates that when we start to see things in a different way, a whole new world of possibilities can open up. We look for the good in the bad. We envision a world in which we help and support each other, just because we can – and because it feels good.

mimycri derives from a phenomena in nature: the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects provides protection from predators. This analogy supports our overall logic to change perspective: Things might not always be what they seem at first sight.


Collaboration: while working together, we all learn from each other. We are open for new members and partnerships that want to have a positive impact.

Communication: mimycri aims at fostering a dialogue with and between people to better understand, accept and positively shape current developments in our society. The mimycri bags can function as communication-starters.

Sustainability: We are using what is already there and give new life to rejected material. The overall setup of the project is designed to be environmentally, socially and economically independent.

Integration: We are convinced that social and economic participation are key to successful integration. Therefore we work in an diverse team, including newcomers from all around the globe. We also integrate meaningful products into our society and thereby create innovative ways to engage with the topic of migration.


TEDx Talk of co-founder Vera 2018

Our Crowdfunding Video 2017