Thursday, September 20, 2007

Advocacy: Ban the use of plastic bags

The Los Banos community headed by UPLB has decided to campaign for the end of the use of plastic bags in their municipality. There is now a campaign, supported by the town mayor, to boycott department stores who refuse to stop using plastic bags.

These came after the students, in a clean up drive, realized that waterways (sewage, rivers, canals) are heavily clogged because of non biodegradable plastic bags.

Of course, should the campaign be successful, the cost of packaging can be expected to initially increase. Afterall, plastic is cheaper than paper.

Anyway, the overall costs brought about by the use of plastic bags far outweigh the cost of using paper and other biodegradable bags.

Kudos to the UPLB science community.

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