People paying more attention to eco-friendly products
Eco-friendly products have always been present in the market but have been neglected by local consumers for a long time. Recently, the tides have turned and aided in the growth of the organic and eco-friendly community.
For a product to be eco-friendly, it should not harm the environment in any way, whether in production, use, or disposal. Our locals are working hard and are making great strides in helping the community be more involved in the movement through their own little ways. The Sinaya Cups and The Last Straw MNL are both reusable local alternatives to small waste products (menstrual napkins and straws) that we constantly produce. Though both are not technically the originally branded eco-friendly products, what’s important is that they are locally sourced.
Another game-changing product that went viral in 2016 is Avani’s cassava plastic bags. These “biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable bioplastic” bags are made out of cassava roots and natural resins. Fortunately, the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) also tested a biodegradable bag made from cassava starch early last year. The authors of the research, Engr. Andres M. Tuates Jr. and Dr. Ofero A. Caparino, say that the quality of the bag is comparable to the existing bagging materials such as Chinese brown paper bag and old newspaper.
With more countries joining the plastic ban this new year, we‘re hoping that the Philippines will start imposing stricter laws on plastic bans especially now that we’re developing more alternatives for it. Can you imagine the volume of waste we can all collectively avoid producing by choosing eco-friendly products? — Ina Jacobe, art director