Rome (NEV), June 7, 2019 – The Globalization and Environment Commission (GLAM) of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) adhered to the initiative of Zero Waste Spain, which organized a boycott week of food wrapped in plastic, and invited all FCEI member churches to join the proposal.
Zero Waste Spain invited, from 3 to 9 June, not to buy or consume products packaged in disposable plastic. The initiative aimed to generate a change in culture and mentality, and to push the large retailers to commit themselves to finding really sustainable alternatives.
On 21 May 2019 the SUP (Single Use Plastics) Directive was approved in its final version by the EU Council, a package of rules for the reduction, starting 2021, of the consumption of disposable plastic items in Europe: to this should follow the directive publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and from then on Member States will have two years to implement the legislation in their national legal systems..
Antonella Visintin, coordinator of GLAM, inviting churches and individuals to join this week of boycott, recalled GLAM commitment in this field, through the dissemination of good practices in churches to reduce the ecological footprint and to increase the participation in climate change activity: “It is a long but necessary cultural process – she said – that we must embrace with determination and the belief that there is little time left to save our planet”.