Brazilian archdiocese joins plastic recycling program to reduce ocean waste
By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service
October 23, 2020
SAO PAULO (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has launched a partnership with a Canadian company to reduce plastic disposal into the oceans.
Church officials said the venture with Plastic Bank offers a more sustainable way to rid the oceans of dangerous plastic waste and falls in line with Pope Francis’ plea to protect the earth in his encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”
“This year in which we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the publication of ‘Laudato Si’, we are happy to announce this partnership, which is yet another concrete gesture from our archdiocese that engages in the care of the common home,” said Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro.