Greener Pinas Without Plastic?
Seeing green makes life more colorful, is not it? Though it is ironic, it really make sense to filled the land with plants and trees and use biodegradable materials for one’s daily consuming and using activities since it is you yourself who will suffer if you don’t do everything right and in proper manner.
The traumatic effect of the typhoon “Ondoy” has compel led environmentalist groups in cooperation with the present administration to pursue ultimately the zero waste management plan particularly on the congested Metro Manila. That is they urged the present government to push a plastic free lifestyle; a plastic bags-free way of life in order to prevent another “Ondoy” in the making. The reason for this undertaking is that, plastic bags clogged sewerage systems in Metro Manila which contribute largely to instant flooding even if the sky only jingles for a while, due to plastic bags are not biodegradable materials.
EcoWaste Coalition, which is the leading environmental advocates of this program, want to ban the use of plastic bags within the entire Metro Manila, particularly on supermarkets and malls; and use “bayong” or the other baskets and bags made from biodegradable materials in order once and for all to stop the yearly flood problems in Metro Manila. However, is it only plastic bags the only plastic materials that clogged the sewerage system of Metro Manila? How about plastic sachets bags from shampoos, conditioners, instant milk, chocolate, coffee, creamer, and juices? What about the large plastic packs from milk, chocolate, coffee, creamer, juices, soy sauce, vinegar, instant mami or noodles, and other pack instant foods, beverages and spices? Are they not clogging also the sewerage system apart from plastic bags?
However, it is understandable that these processed foods, beverages and spices packed in plastic containers could not be replaced by biodegradable containers for health risk at stake then due to bacteria and fungus or bad yeasts that could develop on biodegradable containers that could obviously affect the processed food inside of it.
Take for example, the canned foods; the metal used in canned foods could easily be contaminated because it is somewhat biodegradable, the can slowly rusting and corroding if left on very humid surrounding or left stored on cabinets. Thus, it shortens the life span of the food stored in it.
Perhaps, the ban on usage of plastic bags is only cheap way to minimize the flooding problem in Metro Manila and not holistically will solve the problem.