NOT ALL live on the island, yet every morning its shores are canvassed with trash. Most of it are throwaway single-use plastic bags, bottles, and sachets.
We have to be concerned of the plastic waste problem in our country. It is very important for is to take immediate action in order to preserve the beauty of our environment.
It is sad to see trash that have been thrown along our coastlines.
Based on what I have read online and seen on television, it is good to see that the government and private institutions have made steps in finding solutions to the waste problem. Among these include the banning of single-use plastics, not using plastic straws, coastal clean-ups, proper segregation of wastes, recycling items, and the use of items using organic materials. These are just little steps we are doing to lessen the plastic wastes around us.
Based on my observations, it seems like public markets and the supermarkets are major sources of plastic wastes. As a concerned youth, I think one concept that could reduce plastic wastes is having eco-friendly stores.
Having an eco-friendly store may educate the community to lessen their dependency on the use of single-use plastics. These stores will also engage the citizens as they shift their practice on the use of plastics. Eco-friendly stores encourage customers to bring their own jars, boxes, containers, and eco-bags when purchasing from them.
If this idea will be adapted in our community it will really create a change and it will push the Philippines towards a plastic-free country. (Danica Mae T. Ruta)