In 2015 a total of 193 member countries of the United Nations have signed a resolution agreement to transform our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Aruba as a partner in the Kingdom of the Netherlands has taken these SDG goals in its Government Program. These goals are split in 3 topics, People, Profit, and Planet and the DNM is responsible for these topics.
The law that prohibits the use of products that harm our environment is to guarantee a sustainable nature and environment for future generations. Not all harmful products are banned at once. The law bans certain products that are known to have a negative effect and are harmful. This law was approved on November 27 2019 in Parliament and was published on December 2, 2019. The ban will officially enter into force starting July 1. 2020.
It is, for this reason, that IDEA decided to organize the webinar on June 11 2020 to provide valuable information to the public and businesses about these changes.
The webinar presented 2 topics:
- Awareness on the Single-use Plastic Ban for Entrepreneurs;
- How We can adapt to a Circular Economy.
Part 1: “Awareness on the Single-use Plastic Ban for Entrepreneurs”
Mrs. Vivianne Gomez presented this webinar. Mrs. Gomez has a Master's Degree in Chemistry and works as Policy Advisor at the DNM.
Mrs. Gomez talked about:
- The list of prohibited products/items and why
- Available alternatives and prohibited articles
- How to recognize plastic material and polystyrene
- Which sunblock creams are prohibited;
- Why oxybenzone containing sunblock is prohibited.
Part 2 “How We can adapt to a Circular Economy”
The second speaker was Ms. Kareesha Mohamed, who has a Bachelor's degree in Commercial Economy and a minor in Circular Economy and Business Innovation. Ms. Mohamed talked about the Circular Economy:
- What is Circular Economy;
- The value of Circular Economy for Aruba;
- How businesses can adapt to a circular business model
- The Governments role in stimulating Circular Economy;
- How we as a community con stimulate a Circular Economy.
A total of 45 participants joined this webinar and IDEA is very pleased with the contents presented and the number of participants including their reviews.
It was a webinar filled with interactive topics including many questions by participants and a great presentation by both speakers.
IDEA will continue to organize more webinars with topics like how to start a business and a variety of commercial topics for existing businesses.
Please follow IDEA on Facebook @Idea-Aruba for more webinars and future activities organized by IDEA. IDEA will continue to provide information to clients in a virtual way.