The campaign for the promotion of sustainable consumption in the municipal markets, which was presented at the Estreito Municipal Market on November 10, extends yesterday to the Câmara de Lobos Municipal Market, with an initiative that was attended by the executive Municipal that has distributed reusable bags and other promotional material by merchants and customers.
The campaign entitled ‘Sustainable Production and Consumption – Câmara de Lobos Markets’, results from an application to the Environmental Fund under the ‘Decarbonised Logistics and Circular Economy for Traditional Fresh Markets’ measure and aims to implement environmentally friendly measures in the Municipal markets. .
The objective of this project is, according to Leonel Silva, councilor with the environmental department, “by promoting changes in consumer habits, especially the replacement of single-use plastic bags, with reusable bags, for transporting fruits and vegetables, introducing a circular economy by harnessing waste from producers for composting and at the same time making the community aware of the urgent need to adopt environmentally friendly practices in the face of ever-increasing climate change and increasing wear and tear. existing resources on our planet. ”
The bags are made from sustainable, reusable and recyclable materials and will be available for sale to the general public at a symbolic price.
Another aspect of this campaign is the collection of green waste from market activity (vegetable and fruit scraps, bark, branches and leaves…) and composting at Quinta da Leonor, in Jardim da Serra, in order to produce organic compost, to be reused in the fertilization of public gardens in the county.
Awareness-raising actions will also be carried out among traders, producers and consumers about the environmental problems inherent in the functioning of markets, emphasizing the need for changing habits: reuse of bags, reduction of dependence on fossil fuels as well as emission of greenhouse gases. greenhouse.
This project represented an investment of around 30 thousand euros, 90% financed by the Environmental Fund.