Rome – Trees are the symbol of life par excellence and Italy celebrates them every year November 21st with the National Day established by the Ministry of the Environment. In view of this important event – a moment of reflection and promotion on policies for improving air quality, reducing emissions and protecting the soil – also Plastic Free Onlus did its part by planting 1,000 trees together with Treedom. A collaboration started during the last World Earth Day, last April 22nd, from which the first “Plastic Free Forest” in Italy was born. A was chosen land confiscated from the mafia in the municipality of Valenzano, in the province of Bari, previously cleared of over 760 tons of construction waste. To manage and cultivate the “Plastic Free Forest” will be the Semi di Vita Cooperative which, also through the involvement of prisoners, will reap the benefits.
“An all-round beneficial collaboration – declares Luca De Gaetano, founder and president of Plastic Free Onlus, the voluntary organization committed since 2019 to combating plastic pollution – In addition to capturing more than 50 tons of carbon dioxide every year, the 1,000 trees of the first Plastic Free Forest, planted together with Treedom, will bear fruit that the social cooperative will sell locally on the local market, generating further benefits with a circular economy virtuous. Let’s make the word concreteness our strength and our commitment will continue for increasingly positive impacts – he concludes – not only on the health of the Planet but also from a social point of view”.
Born in 2019, to date Plastic Free Onlus has collected over 3.5 million kilos of plastic and waste in 5,280 events, involving 260 thousand volunteers. Active with Municipalities and Companies, she works to raise awareness among the new generations (over 180 thousand students reached), in spread good practices for the environment and in saving sea turtles: 181 returned to the seas and 3,000 accompanied at birth.