Jun 6, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda was at the 4th Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium in Cebu last Monday and spoke about her plan of filing bills that would ban microplastics and single-use plastics in the country.

Legarda believes that the Philippines has one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, but is also a major source of plastic trash in the world’s oceans. “The country contributes 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste and 500,000 metric tons of plastic waste leakage per year,” she said.

Photo courtesy of CBC

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: The world’s “throwaway culture” has worsened the spread of packaging waste, big or small. And as the senator put it, “It is now time for the Philippines to implement the same law.” By banning microplastics and single-use plastics, we just might move away from throwaway culture.

“The waste that we produce, unless minimized and managed properly, will find its way into our oceans and will affect both marine and human life,” Legarda added. She called on local governments to do their part in strictly enforcing our laws on sustainable marine biodiversity and conservation.

Header image courtesy of National Ocean Service

 

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