António Costa Pereira, Captain at TAP, is a key name on the initiative which looks to reutilize the exceeding meals in the airline’s flights, established in the end of 2015. Founder of “Associação Dariacordar”, he’s one of the persons responsible for, with the national authorities, turning the utilization of meals of several institutions into a reality – restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, hospitals, schools, among others – creating, in 2012, the “Movimento Zero Desperdício” (Zero Waste Movement).
TAP joined the movement in the end of 2015, along with Cateringpor, using the exceeding meals that aren’t served on board of the Company flights. TAP was the first in the world doing this. Since then, it was responsible for reuniting more than 51 thousand meals, delivered to “Associação Vida Abundante”, in Lisbon. These meals represent, approximately, around 130 thousand euros, as well as a reduction of organic waste of 26 metric tons, saving 108 metric tons of carbon emissions. This represents social, economic and environmental advantages.
About the creation of the project, Captain Costa Pereira remembers: “Now that there’s already been ten years since I’ve joined this cause, I remember times of a lot of work, a lot of resistance for a change that is so necessary, but essentially a great satisfaction for the results achieved, that were only possible because of a group of citizen-practitioners accepted and wanted to participate in this civic Portuguese cause”.
The balance that the Captain did about the involvement of TAP in this project is very positive, for the volume of the food retrieved and delivered, for ”the civic and humanitarian example of TAP crew” that got involved in actions of collecting on board, and for the recognition of TAP as the first airline company in the world to utilizing surplus food: “I have to affirm that TAP is and counts essentially for the people who work here and, in this specific case, the crew that in a very direct, assertive and human way accepted and continued to work and participate in this exemplary attitude and necessary to the society we live in. This way, it’s always a pleasure to flight and be with all my TAP colleagues that continue to maintain this Zero Waste attitude so alive”.
In conclusion – and because this is a mentality that can and should be passed – we leave a note about the “Coleção Zero Desperdício” (“Zero Waste Collection”), directed to children and available for free in this link. “A Rita encollheu. E agora?” (“Rita shrunk. What now?”), “A vida difícil de uma manteigueira” (“The hard life of a buttercup”), “Confusão no corredor dos enlatados” (“Confusion in the canned aisle”) e “O Tio Desafio” (“The Challenge Uncle”) are the proposals of the Movement to sensitize kids – and why not adults too? – for the fight against waste, in a fun and educational way.