The Mirpuri Foundation participated in a webinar organized by APED (Associação Portuguesa de Empresas de Distribuição), in collaboration with the Portuguese Plastics Pact,  which addressed the challenges in recycling plastics.

The online event aimed to foster a constructive discussion about a circular economy for plastic – one that avoids that this material becomes waste or pollution. Some of the topics explored were the commitments to the responsible use of plastic and its inherent challenges, the constraints on the incorporation of recycled materials, and available alternatives.

The event started with opening remarks by Gonçalo Lobo Xavier (APED’s General Manager), who provided context for the overall event and highlighted the role of the retail and distribution sector when it comes to a green transition.

Inês dos Santos Costa (Secretary of State for the Environment) stressed that we need to adapt to the changes arising from climate change and, in order to do that, measures that aim to reduce plastics are very important, contributing to less energy consumption and less usage of raw materials. She concluded her speech by emphasizing that refusing, reducing and reusing are as important as recycling.

The second speaker, Pedro São Simão (Coordinator of the Portuguese Plastics Pact, Smart Waste Portugal) talked about the Portuguese Plastics Pact, diving into its vision and goals until 2025. He also addressed the initiatives supported by the project, such as the promotion of webinars, that aim to raise awareness of the plastic-related problems at a national level.

Fernando Ventura (Head of Efficiency and Innovation Environmental Projects at Jerónimo Martins) and Ana Alves (Head of Commercial Division at Sonae) provided insights from the food retail sector, sharing their experience and challenges in addressing plastics.

The event ended with a debate – “Challenges in Recycling Plastic” – which was moderated by Gonçalo Lobo Xavier and gathered Ana Cristina Carrola (Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente), João Letras (Sociedade Ponto Verde), Joana Xavier (Valorsul), Milena Parnigoni (Ecoibéria) and Rui Berkemeier (Zero).