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PAN condemns Portimão Sardine Festival as a “Plastic Nightmare”

PAN condemns Portimão Sardine Festival as a “Plastic Nightmare”The People-Animals-Nature Party (PAN) has today shared their view on the environmental aspect of the recent Sardine Festival in Portimão, criticizing the reduced public attention to issues relating to the excessive consumption of single use plastics.

The Party echoed the statements of Portimão’s Mayor, Isilda Gomes, to RTP after the recent AfroNation Festival, when the mayor said that “we must be aware that the environment must be preserved”. Both parties clearly expressed in reality these festivals are “Plastic Festivals”.

For PAN, “the use of plastic is very visible at what is probably the best known event of Portimão".

PAN also exemplified the dilemma by referring to the feast tables, where “one can also see numerous dishes, cutlery, bowls, casings and plastic cups around the tables in the area, materials that we know are disposable and not biodegradable. They would be for the consumption and single use of the 100,000 people who visited the festival this year.”

Quoting statements made by Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, on June 5, 2018, the environmental party appealed to the union "of the world to overcome plastic pollution" and warned that "the microplastic particles present in the ocean outnumber the stars of our galaxy.” The PAN Algarve District Political Commission launched a challenge to the public to “turn words into deeds and opt for more responsible use of single-use plastics, preferably eliminating their use ”.

In a press release, PAN asked the mayor of Portimão “is it time to replace non-biodegradable single use materials with other more environmentally friendly ones?” Noting that “if the plastics are left over then they could accumulate in the river and do even more harm to the local landscape.

"The right conditions must be created for the reuse and recycling of all utensils used in future events, so that Portimão can commit itself to truly being a cleaner and more environmentally friendly city," the People-Animals-Nature Party concluded.

 

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0 #8 Emma B 2019-08-20 00:51
Thanks Al, I'll have a look at these.
+1 #7 AL 2019-08-19 08:31
Quoting Emma B:
Plastic is everywhere and I dislike it, so I have started to change things in my life.
I don't use plastic straws anymore, I purchase butter that is wrapped in paper and not the plastic containers, but what do I do about water containers.
I wish I could purchase water by refilling my my empty water containers. Which supermarket will be the first to provide water refill unit.

Install a ceramic filter under your sink and drink filtered water straight out of the tap. Doulton filters are top!
0 #6 Emma B 2019-08-18 21:49
Plastic is everywhere and I dislike it, so I have started to change things in my life.
I don't use plastic straws anymore, I purchase butter that is wrapped in paper and not the plastic containers, but what do I do about water containers.
I wish I could purchase water by refilling my my empty water containers. Which supermarket will be the first to provide water refill unit.
0 #5 Kit Kat 2019-08-18 11:29
Yes I was shocked at the use of plastic (recycable or not) at The Sardine Festival. Time for change. If it’s plastic next year I will just say “no thank you).
0 #4 Chip 2019-08-16 13:37
There is no problem with plastic being used provided it is recycled. Single use does not mean it can't be recycled, merely that it is intended for single use in its original form (for hygeine reasons).
+4 #3 AL 2019-08-16 08:24
If you ban manufactures from producing single use plastics containers then nobody will use them. Perhaps PAN should tackle the problem at the manufacturing plants rather then criticise users which seems to be in vogue at the moment.
0 #2 Jane Smith 2019-08-16 06:21
Tell us more - Tell! Who policed this event to make sure only recyclable containers were used? What % of visitors were turned away or was their food transferred? Was there any survey of satisfaction feedback or is the event still at the novelty stage?
So many shoppers in our local supermarkets are still insisting on plastic shopping bags. Unquestionably single use and obviously the recycle message still isn't getting through. Other shoppers in the queue seeing no relevance to them when an evolved shopper pulls out an evolved multi use bag.
+7 #1 Tell 2019-08-15 15:51
Recently we had a good festival locally.
All the food served had to be in recyclable containers ( no plastic ) .
All cutlery was wood.
Paper cups.
Plastic glasses because of the safety issue with glass.
But still significant progress from past events.
It can be done if there is a will to do it.

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