TO CELEBRATE #PlasticFreeJuly, Plastic-Free Pilipinas collaborators: EcoWaste Coalition, Greenpeace Philippines, Mother Earth Foundation, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Health Care Without Harm with Break Free from Plastic, Oceana Philippines International and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, launched Monday, on July 18, a photo exhibit and bazaar featuring art and eco-friendly stores to make plastic-free Pilipinas a reality.
“Plastic Free July is celebrated to demonstrate to people that a life without unnecessary plastic and disposable material is still possible and to continue to push for some simple actions that can be done to reduce our personal plastic footprint. It is a reminder that a plastic-free Philippines is only within reach if we go zero waste,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator of EcoWaste Coalition.
A photo exhibit showcasing plastic pollution in the Philippines by EcoWaste Coalition, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Greenpeace Philippines and Oceana Philippines International, highlighted the impacts of single-use disposable plastic on communities and the environment as a source pollution major in the Philippines. .
These disposable plastic products come in various forms such as, but not limited to, sachets, bags, cutlery, cups and PET bottles which are intended to be used only once, before being thrown away.
“The event not only showcases reusable alternatives to single-use plastics that we can use in our daily lives, but also provides viable solutions for companies to reduce their plastic production. A number of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are already at the forefront of reuse and refill models and we strongly believe that big business can follow their lead in plastic-free solutions,” said Marian Ledesma, Zero Waste Activist, Greenpeace Philippines.
The Zero Waste Bazaar also featured viable alternatives to single-use plastic from the following merchants: Candles by Ilka, The Bamboo Company, Armari Organics and Sabon Express.
Greenpeace Philippines and Oceana Philippines International will also have booths at the bazaar to raise awareness of single-use plastic production issues and showcase environmentally friendly businesses.
“Access to rechargeable, reusable and sustainable options in our communities is gaining momentum and becoming easy; aspiring entrepreneurs understand the need and are leading the way in adapting zero waste as the engine of their businesses,” said Archie Abellar, PH Zero Waste Coordinator, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.
“Sustainability remains our primary focus at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and we are honored to be part of this important advocacy to preserve and protect Mother Earth. Through our Zero Waste Lifestyle initiative, we have encouraged our employees, business partners and communities at our properties through a comprehensive waste collection and management program with the goal of minimizing the carbon footprint and supporting efforts to recycling for the benefit of communities and our partner organizations,” said Graham Coates, Head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.
The photo exhibition and the zero waste bazaar will take place from July 18 to 20 at the Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City. (PR)