APALIT -- In a bid to further promote environmental protection among its employees, the Far East Alcohol Corporation (Feaco) has leveled up its annual Christmas tree making competition by encouraging the use of recyclable materials.
Instead of the usual entries made from brand new materials, employees had to craft their Christmas trees by sourcing recyclable materials found within the alcohol plant.
Dubbed as "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle Christmas Tree Contest," 10 contenders from each of Feaco's departmental offices participated in this year's holiday activity.
The activity is part of the company's sustained clean and green programs initiated by its owner Antonio Co.
Feaco Pollution Control officer Mercy Simon said all entries in this year's concept must be 70 percent made from recycled materials, including the major components of the Christmas tree.
The employees became creative in using materials found inside the plant such as urea, filters, cutting discs, palochina wood from storing motor pumps, sealing plastics from delivery and wheels, as well as beverage bottles and cans, and empty cup noodles in decorating their trees.
The winning entry will be awarded during the company's year-end party, Simon said.
But more than the competition, she said the activity also improves camaraderie among the employees.
"The activity is very meaningful as it promotes our commitment to Mother Earth and strengthen our relationship with one another," Simon said.