Imagine a greener Philippines, a country that takes the notion of reuse, reduce, and recycle into practice. Let’s play a game, The Zero-Plastic Challenge. It’s a game where you’ll say NO to anything and everything that is packed in plastic and anything that will produce residual waste. Are you in?
Everyone by now is aware of the dangers of plastic use to our environment, aside from the eye sore it gives to the landscape. It contributes the mounting weight of national waste. Why plastic? It’s not cheap to make – it is made from petroleum, a nonrenewable natural resource obtained from foreign countries. While they may be convenient to use, they are neither cheap to make nor a good investment economically and ecologically.
It’s pretty amazing that our society has reached a point where the effort necessary to extract oil from the ground, ship it into a refinery, turn it into plastic, shape it appropriately, truck it into a store, buy it and bring it home is considered to be less effort than what it takes to just wash the spoon when you’re done with it.
Many local governments have initiated efforts to regulate the use of disposable, single-use plastics in their LGUs (Local Government Unit). You have Los Banos in Laguna, Sta. Barbara in Iloilo, Odiongan in Romblon, Sablayan in Mindoro, Burgos in Pangasinan and recently, Muntinlupa as the first city in the country to do so.
Last July 3rd 2011, a Plastic Bag-Free Day at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, Metro Manila took place. Volunteer participants were present bearing banners and placards, calling for a nationwide phase out on plastic bags, the groups also linked together “plastic bag chain” made of used plastic bags and surrounded the full circumference of Quezon City Circle.
Fast food chains such as Jollibee and McDonald’s are making initiatives to gradually eliminate the use of disposable plastic in their take-out orders, not to mention mall chains with the use of their ‘eco-friendly’ bags.
Kill plastic before it dominates us. The effects are right in front of you, flash floods and mountain high dumps. Be smart, open your eyes and move to live! Transform this awareness into action for a greener and possibly a flood-free Philippines. The question is, when will the national government act? The answer is NOW, and they will if we show we have the numbers. Join our fight for a PLASTIC-FREE PHILIPPINES!