Celebrities in the Philippines showed up at the grocery store on Monday.Â Why where they there? To encourage consumers to drop the ‘plastic bag habit’. The celebrities declined plastic bags at the supermarket. Instead, they did as we all should they brought their own (BYOB!). Using “bayong” or straw bags and cloth bags, these local celebrities carried their goods out in style.
The campaign is run by the Ecowate Coalition. The INQ7 article notes:
â€œThe plastic invasion of the Filipino culture and society must end. The health and environmental costs of its production and use are too high,â€ Gigie Cruz of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) said.
A survey done by the Ecowaste Coalition on August 14 found that 76 percent of the wastes on Manila Bay were plastics, which would take a thousand years to disintegrate and gradually release toxins into water and soil.
Celebrities that participated in the BYOB day were Representative Risa Baraquel, Miss Earth-Philippines Cathy Untalan, TV anchor Kristine Bersola-Babao and actor Roy Alvarez.