The alarming part is that plastic waste is responsible for killing up to 1M seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year, but the saddening part to all this is that those numbers compose only a measly amount compared to the devastating and long-term effect (think 1000 years per piece) each plastic waste we throw away. In the Philippines, numerous stakeholders have gradually adapted measures to become less reliant on plastic products. Local government units in the country, especially in Metro Manila, have passed and are now implementing ordinances banning the use of plastic bags.
Malls, supermarkets, and retail establishments have shunned the use of plastic bags as well and have encouraged people to use “eco bags” while putting your purchase in a paper bag (you know, just like how they do it in the movies. Restaurants and fast food chains have also pitched in, replacing disposable cups with paper ones and offering stainless utensils for every dine-in meal. Large manufacturing companies, especially in the food industry, have also opted to replace plastic packaging on their products with biodegradable material.