EcoWaste Coalition Says “Recyclepamore” This Christmas Season

Amid the pre-Christmas rush, a watchdog group
on wastes and toxics appealed to the public to celebrate the joyful season with
the well-being of our Mother Earth in mind.

The EcoWaste Coalition noted that the “holitrash” (short for holiday trash) that
soars during the weeks of shopping and partying could be reduced through the
willful application of the 3Rs mantra: reduce, reuse, recycle.

“It is not waste until it is wasted.  We therefore urge everyone to be mindful
of what they consume and dispose of during the festive season. Please
‘recyclepamore’ to trim down on what you toss into the bins,” said Tin Vergara,
Zero Waste Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“The tons of ‘holitrash’ generated in this most cheerful time of year would surely
end up in street corners or in distant places where garbage gets buried or
burned, or, worst, in the oceans,” she reminded.

Typically discarded ‘holitrash’ include kitchen and food waste, plastic and paper
packaging materials, party supplies and leftovers as well as firecracker and
firework residuals.

“We surely can do something to avoid our neighborhoods and other communities
from turning into, to borrow a phrase from Laudato Si (Pope Francis’ encyclical
on the environment), ‘an immense pile of filth’.  We can and we must
reduce, reuse, recycle and waste no more,” she pointed out.

On Tuesday, the group organized an event featuring “Green Christmas Ideas” from
making eye-catching decorations out of discards to holding eco-friendly parties
and giving alternative gifts.

The group showed how pretty Christmas decorations can be created out of plastic
bottles and lids, cardboard and boxes, toilet paper rolls, textile rolls,
aluminum and tin cans,  chip wrappers, old shirts and fabric scraps,
compact discs and even party disposables.

Among the attention-grabbing recycled crafts shown at the event were a Christmas
garland fashioned out of used clothes, Christmas tree balls embellished with
buttons, glass fragments and snack wrappers, Christmas wreaths consisting of
paper cups, a lantern made of junk food wrapper twine, a chandelier and Little
Drummers created from pineapple juice cans, Snowman using baking soda and
bleaching powder containers, and various forms of angels, Santa Claus and the
Three Kings made from an
assortment of recyclable junks.

To minimize post-party garbage, the group urged the public to shun lavish parties,
practice a “no left-over” policy to prevent food wastage, practice ecological
party waste management and to opt for reusable party essentials instead of
disposable plates, cups cutlery and napkin.

As for gift-giving, the group made a pitch for eco-friendly “made in the Philippines”
products, as well non-material items that promote good values and sustainable

The group suggested giving gifts that require no paper or plastic wrapping.  If
wrapping is deemed necessary, the group suggested using old bandannas, socks,
magazines, newspapers, boxes and jars, as well as recycled pouch bags or the
versatile “bayong” instead of the usual Christmas wrappers.