Team of European youth devise sustainable plan to reduce plastic waste
In the first half of 2017, our contributor Camilla Curnis worked at the European Commission as a Blue Book trainee. This working scheme for millennials who are passionate about the European Union allows 1,200 young people to work within the European institutions, having gone through a very demanding selection process. Every six months, a new cohort makes its way to Brussels and gives life to a number of committees that bring together people with similar interests to pursue their hobbies collectively.
One of the committees created in the March 2017 session was built around the concept of sustainability. Among the various activities undertaken by the group, the most curious was surely the “Plastic Free Plux.”
Plux stands for Place du Luxembourg, a Belgian square located just outside the European Parliament in Brussels. The location is particularly well known among the affiliates of the EU institutions who gather there every Thursday after work to enjoy early evening drinks with colleagues and friends.
Surprised by the enormous amounts of plastic waste that this leisure event produced every Thursday, the trainees part of the sustainability sub-committee devised a simple yet unimplemented solution that could spare much of the single-use plastic that was being thrown out.
The practical idea directed at overturning this unsustainable habit not only garnered quite the enthusiasm among participants and bar owners but also resonated to the higher floors of the EU institutions.
Cover cartoon credit: Sergio Algeri/GYV
Video editor: Andrea Carsana