Lisbon will have the country’s first green museum and the first with an expiration date. ReMuseum will be a temporary, recycled, and recyclable space that aims to change behaviours and teach about recycling and circular economy.
The inauguration is scheduled for May 17th, in the underground car park at Doca de Santo Amaro, and will have seven interactive rooms under the motto “Rethink, Reuse, Recycle”.
Pedro Nazareth, president of Electrão – Waste Management Association, one of the organisations responsible for the museum, considers that there’s still a long way to go in terms of recycling, since “in Portugal, three million tons of trash are put into landfill or incinerated every year and one in three Portuguese still doesn’t recycle, or if they do it isn’t properly recycled “.
ReMuseum wants to show that almost anything can have a second life and the building itself will serve as an example. It will be temporary “because it has a beginning, a middle and an end”, Pedro Nazareth enumerates. “Recycled, because it seeks to reuse materials and finally recyclable, since the day we conclude this temporary museum in this car park all the contents will be reused and will be taken to a permanent interpretative centre to be implemented by Electrão”.
Luís Paixão Martins, president of the Acta Diurna Association (of the NewsMuseum), argued that the museum itself is an example of circular economy, as it was designed “to confront us with reality and with the consequences of our everyday individual actions”.
In the presentation of the project, Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon, reiterated that the ReMuseum “is something that summons us to individual and concrete action in a very practical and direct way”.
This project is promoted by Electrão – Waste Management Association and Lidl Portugal, with the support of NewsMuseum and the Lisbon City Hall.