Taken from the ÓpticaPro website:
After 10 years germinating in the head of Rui Motty, the project to create an association focused on sustainability – which brings together industry, retail, associations linked to the field of optics, universities, the rest of civil society and ÓpticaPro magazine – has finally seen the light of the day, with the signing of the AASO deed on the 28th of September at Círculo Eça de Queiroz, in Lisbon.
"It's important that we do good and share what we can share within an arm's length radius." It is with this inspiring phrase that Rui Motty, president of the Associação de Apoio à Sustentabilidade da Ótica (AASO), defines the basis of this initiative that aims to stir awareness in the optical market in Portugal.
“It started from the will and a dream, conserved for 10 years. Publicly presented at a congress of the National Association of Optics, in essence, it boiled down to a project to collect glasses, their restoration, reintroduction in the market and recycling. At that time, sustainability was not on society's agenda as it is today. We intend to adapt and adopt good practices in our stores, extend them to a national scale, promoting the preservation of the environment, making this a rule in the routine of companies”, added the CEO of Optocentro on the sidelines of the signing of the deed in the center of Lisbon , which featured personalities from all quarters of the national optical market, including the three other mentors of this project: Gonçalo Barral, Gonçalo Anastácio and Pedro Rebelo de Sousa.
It is important to highlight two events that were the turning point in this area: the declaration of the 17 sustainable objectives of the UN and the Paris Agreement, in which 195 nations ratified a memorandum with three main objectives: not to let the temperature rise more than two degrees centigrade above the pre-industrial temperature, adapting our lives to climate change and that the capital market was managed in this direction of environmental factors.
Read the full report on ÓpticaPro 233.