May 14, 2019

When the Nolisoli team went out to vote yesterday, our eyes were immediately fixed on the countless trash we saw in our specified voting precincts. Sample ballots and campaign materials were among the piles of trash scattered in every part of the polling place—from the stairs and streets to the potted plants and trees.

This happened despite repeated warnings from environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition and other advocates to spare schools, especially plants in schools, from our trash. (READ: Spare trees from election campaign materials, environmental group urges COMELEC)

It is ironic how on the day we are choosing the right leaders to help us, we are pulling ourselves down. And also violating our own laws.

According to EcoWaste Coalition, the littering of sample ballots is a blatant violation of local and national environmental laws, particularly RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. “Like the reported incidents of vote buying, littering has again tainted the democratic exercise of choosing our political leaders,” EcoWaste said.

Upcycled materials

Aside from calling irresponsible voters out for littering, the group also made an urgent appeal to political parties and candidates to “clean up your mess.”

Photo courtesy of Jhesset Enano / Inquirer.net

In a Facebook post by Inquirer.net, the group showed that they upcycled campaign materials into bags of all sizes. There’s a bag for shopping, carrying, delivery, shoe, body, string, and even balls.

Photos courtesy of Jhesset Enano / Inquirer.net

Most of the campaign materials upcycled bear the faces of political candidates in Makati and Quezon City, particularly Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto.

Photo courtesy of Jhesset Enano / Inquirer.net

The advocates were even able to make a bean bag out of the posters of Imee Marcos and Lino Cayetano.

To lessen waste, you just really have to make your creative juices be an advantage to your advocacy. These school supplies made from campaign posters prove just that.

Photo courtesy of Jhesset Enano / Inquirer.net

There are clocks, picture frames (which look really sturdy), memo pads, envelopes, scrapbooks, bookmarks, and even folders formed just from what most people will just see as waste.

 

Header image courtesy of Jhesset Enano / Inquirer.net

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