Finally, Makati City is implementing the “no-plastic” policy through the EO No. 007, Series of 2012. It started last July 1st. And I know Parañaque City is following soon. I saw it on my Facebook stream.
SM Malls started with it, and practiced it every Wednesday. Then Mercury Drug would do it every Friday. Now, all shops in Makati are mandated to do away with plastic bags/cups/materials.
I, for one, is just making the adjustment as I was used to carrying things in a bag and not carrying them in my arms. I have to hold the paper bag well also lest I tore it and spill the contents. Thus, I have decided to always bring a bag, those canvass/cloth bags every time I go out. There are those that are folded. I suggest you get those so that you can pack it easily in your bag. It’s easier to commute with those bags, too.
Many ask about how to pack those perishables such as fish, meat, etc. Some say there are biodegradable “plastics.” I guess we’ll have to be bringing along containers for such goods.
At KFC De la Rosa, one time, we had to take out food and was told that they couldn’t give us the plastic spoon and fork. So another tip is to bring your own utensils.
At McDo Glorietta, they don’t serve free water because they don’t have extra cups for that. You buy first a drink, consume that drink, and use the paper cup for the water. So if you are a non-soda drinker, better bring your own water when you go to McDo Glorietta.
But I’m happy of this development. Paper is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, and thus, environment-friendly. I hope this is going to be a huge step toward addressing the garbage problem in the metro. Not to mention the flooding problem, that is caused also by the plastic materials clogging our canals and waterways.
Let’s hope the whole country will implement the policy, too.