mimycri’s story

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

The idea for mimycri was born on the Greek island Chios where the co-founders – Vera and Nora – volunteered several times since 2015 in the context of refugee arrivals. The direct confrontation with this humanitarian crisis motivated Vera and Nora to stay engaged and do something.

Today, mimycri is able to provide small remuneration for contributors. mimycri strives to become more independent being able to invest in long-term structures and support other non-profit refugee organizations.

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.

  • We do not see only plastic waste, we also see a beautiful future bag.

  • We do not only see tragedy, we see also opportunities.

  • We do not only see a societal challenge, we see individuals with skills and talents.

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 one another. 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. Furthermore, selling our bags enables us to diversify our financial support sources and hence become more independent.

Integration: We are convinced that social and economic participation supports successful integration. Thus, we are working together with would otherwise have difficulties in finding work. We also integrate meaningful products into our society and thereby create innovative and alternative ways to engage with the topic of migration.

Our Crowdfunding Video 2017


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