"The Future of the Planet is not Recyclable" is the largest environmental awareness campaign developed in Portugal with European funds

"The Future of the Planet is not Recyclable" is the largest environmental awareness campaign developed in Portugal with European funds


“Golfinho a Saltar Out of Water” made of marine garbage by Xico Gaivota can be seen in Lisbon

The campaign “The Future of the Planet is Not Recyclable”, launched this month by the EGF concessionaires – Algar, Amarsul, Ersuc, Resiestrela, Resinorte, Resulima, Suldouro, Valorlis, Valorminho, Valnor and Valorsul -, a leading group in the treatment and recovery of waste in Portugal, whose news was published here in the diariOnline South Region newspaper, is the largest environmental awareness campaign ever developed in Portugal with European funds and has an investment of around one million euros.

The plastic artist Xico Gaivota joined the movement “The Future of the Planet is not Recyclable” and created a sculpture of a dolphin, from marine garbage (much of it collected in the Costa Vicentina), for being one of the most iconic marine species, thus awakening the attention of even more Portuguese people for recycling, whose making of the creation of the piece, you can see in the video of this news.

The play can be visited, free of charge, at the European Green Capital Store 2020, at Praça do Município, in Lisbon, from Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 6 pm, until December 31, so after this date, the play will go on tour through various spaces across the country.

“It was with great pride that I accepted the invitation to make this piece as part of the campaign 'The Future of the Planet is not recyclable'. The goal is to make us think about our behavior as inhabitants of this planet ”, says Xico Gaivota.

With approximately 2.5 m in height and about 150 kg, this work was developed exclusively with fragments of unhandled garbage and without the use of any glues or paints during its production. All the materials that the artist uses in his pieces are collected by him on non-concession beaches on the Portuguese coast.

Xico Gaivota is usually recognized for his interventions to raise awareness and global awareness about the existing garbage in the sea. For several years he has traveled kilometers along national beaches, from north to south, collecting plastics and other materials that become the raw material for his original creations, where the theme of marine animals is constant.

The work developed by Xico Gaivota is part of the campaign “The Future of the Planet is not Recyclable”, which shows what happens to waste after being separated in ecopoints and aims to provoke the Portuguese conscience, leading them to adopt appropriate environmental behaviors in order to protect the planet. The process is simple: reduce, reuse and recycle.

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