They study a law to reduce plastics and convene environmentalists and recycling entrepreneurs

The traveling fairs are spaces of solidarity and inclusive economy that promote the recycling and use of sustainable elements by entrepreneurs, mostly artists and artisans.

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Recycling is a public concern.

Acebedo explained about the role played by these fairs that aim to make visible the need to replace this type of non-biodegradable products with other resources found in nature.

We gather and bring together many people, including the LGTB movement, people with disabilitiesdoing an associated task to make visible the need for replace single-use plastic containers from the petrochemical industry, among others,” said the entrepreneur.

The importance of a legal framework for sustainable activities

Along these lines, Natacha argued that promoting this Law would provide “a framework for the entrepreneurship and also for the industrial sector”, to “protect these actions that are carried out from self-management and that not only include companies in the social economy but also others that are articulating with international food companies”.

He also indicated that they are working to “create a network that identifies the province of Mendoza to manufacturers, industrialists and marketers of biodegradable or biocompactable packaging”, for which “we need the support of the State in order to have a market share”.

This project, he said, would provide “a legal framework that will allow jobs to be generated, but it would also cause a change that proposes innovation using other resources found in nature, which are part of our native flora, which replace plastic in the sense in which that we know him”.

He also highlighted that these types of activities in some cases are emerging from the pandemic, but that they also generate jobs and “retain the population in their places of origin, in addition to innovating in elements that are eco-friendly”, he said, to assert: “Whatever the legal framework, the issue is that it exists”.

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A traveling fair.

An overcoming and agreed law with referents

During the meeting, it was indicated that in addition to this project that was promoted by Senator Mauricio Sat, there is another one by Analía Jaime (MC) that goes in the same direction.

In this regard, the members of the commission pointed out that the idea is “to generate a superior office, that is why it was decided to start the consultations.”

Likewise, the possibility of holding a broad meeting with various sectors involved in order to expose the issue, work on it together and see what emerges from the different presentations arose as a concern.

In the project under analysis, plastics are understood as synthetic materials that are made from petroleum-derived or bio-based polymers and that, under certain circumstances, can be moulded.

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Recyclable material.

It also describes biodegradable plastics as the material that breaks down into the chemical elements that make it up by the action of biological agents such as plants, animals, bacteria and fungi, and can occur under natural aerobic (presence of oxygen) and/or anaerobic ( absence of oxygen), and to single-use plastic products, such as those developed from plastic materials intended to be used only once and to be discarded after their first use; they are not reusable and their recyclability is low due to technical and/or economic reasons. They are also called disposable products, such as cups, plates, stirrers, straws, straws, disposable cutlery and final packaging plastic bags, among others.

On the other hand, it mentions plastic microbeads and microspheres, describing them as solid plastic particles less than five millimeters in diameter, which are not soluble in water and whose degradability is low, and expanded polystyrene, as the cellular and rigid plastic material manufactured from the molding of pre-expanded beads of expandable polystyrene or one of its copolymers, which has a closed cell structure filled with air, commonly called styrofoam.

Jaime’s initiative proposes the creation of a Program for the Progressive Reduction of Single-Use Plastics, with the aim of limiting and reducing the use, distribution and commercialization, for free or for a fee, of single-use plastic utensils and elements, carried out by the human or legal persons in the commercialization of food in the territory of the province.

Source: Mendoza Chamber of Deputies Press

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