Sunday, April 20, 2008

Green day

85,000,000
That's the staggering number of plastic bottles being wasted every three minutes according to National Geographic. No wonder I find these ubiquitous plastic bottles everywhere I go -- usually in the form of discarded mineral water containers -- from the city streets to high up in the mountains. Even little things like using reusable, food-safe water containers for refilling like Nalgene hydration bottles can help make everyday a green day. Let's drink to that on Earth Day, April 22nd.

9 comments:

Sidney said...

It is very hard to avoid plastic nowadays...
Glass bottles are a much better solution... as long as it is not transferred in a plastic with a straw... ;-(

lagal[og] said...

i share the sentiment sidney. i think glass is a very good alternative, same with brown bags or reusable plastic bags. funny that a few years ago, we helped introduce a biodegradable kind of plastic to the philippines but it never took off. it would've been a very good idea if that plastic found its way to commercial use now.

the donG said...

this is still an issue specially for the fast food companies. they still chose to use plastic cups and styrofoams to serve the meals because it is of lesser cost and time saving (as they thought it is). not knowing that it isn't as what they are thinking because it produces non-biodegradable trash which damages our environment. it's sad to know that some companies still focuses on profit and environmental concerns not treated as a priority.

when will they learn?

lagal[og] said...

dom, i know what you mean. the volume of plastic used by fastfood outlets alone is staggering. grabe. the biodegradable plastic we helped launch about 5 years ago could've addressed the trash problem if it became commonplace pero i guess it was an idea that's well ahead of its time. besides, it will cost a bit more, adding to the overhead but it was a long-term solution. the technology was borne out of canadian-american collaboration and is certainly very impressive. sayang, but i guess the time for something like that would be now.

zherwin said...

if only someone can make the brown paper as sturdy and as light as plastic.

btw, i noticed that SM is using a "biodegradeable" plastic bags, how biodegradeable i don't know.

Ferdz said...

That's one way of lessening non-biodegradable trash along with using cloth bags for groceries. Happy earth day!

lagal[og] said...

zherwin, i have yet to shop at sm so would have to check out their "biodegradable" bags.

ferdz, happy earth day! long time no hear :-)

mimi said...

ang ganda ng pic!

pero di ko ata matanggap ang idea na ganun kadami ang nagkalat na plastic.. ~_~

lagal[og] said...

hi mimi! neither can i but the thought alone makes one think, ah, perhaps i'll do my part. on the reverse, imagine what we can do if we each do our part di ba?

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