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[March Free Report] Beyond the Beaches: The Dark Side of Philippines' Plastic Consumption [March Free Report]

by Guela Francine Ecle | 31-03-2023 16:48 recommendations 1

The Philippines is a beautiful country with a rich culture, hospitable people, and stunning beaches. However, behind the vibrant facade lies a dark side that is often overlooked – the country's plastic consumption.

The Philippines is one of the top contributors to plastic pollution in the world, with over 2.7 million tons of plastic waste generated each year. This is due to the country's rapid economic growth, urbanization, and lack of proper waste management systems.

One of the most significant contributors to plastic pollution in the Philippines is the sachet economy. A sachet is a small packet containing a single-use amount of a product such as shampoo, toothpaste, or coffee. Sachets have become a popular choice for Filipino consumers due to their affordability and convenience, but they are also a significant source of plastic waste. It is estimated that sachets make up around 25% of the country's plastic waste.

Another major contributor to plastic pollution in the Philippines is the lack of proper waste management systems. Only around 40% of the country's waste is collected, and even when it is collected, it often ends up in open dumps or is burned, releasing toxic fumes into the air. This not only harms the environment but also poses health risks to nearby communities.

The impact of plastic pollution goes beyond just the environment and health. It also has significant economic consequences. The tourism industry, which is a significant contributor to the country's economy, is heavily reliant on the pristine beaches and natural attractions that the Philippines is known for. However, plastic pollution has a detrimental effect on these attractions, leading to decreased tourist interest and revenue.

The government has recognized the need to address plastic pollution in the Philippines and has taken steps to do so. In 2019, the Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, was passed, which aims to promote proper waste management and reduce the amount of waste generated in the country. It also mandates the implementation of a waste management hierarchy, which prioritizes waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.

However, the implementation of the law has been challenging, with many local governments struggling to comply with the requirements. There is also a lack of awareness and education among the general public about the importance of waste management and the impact of plastic pollution.

The private sector also has a significant role to play in addressing plastic pollution in the Philippines. Many companies have started to implement sustainable practices, such as using eco-friendly packaging or reducing their use of single-use plastics. However, more needs to be done, and there is a need for greater collaboration between the government, private sector, and civil society to address the issue of plastic pollution comprehensively.

There are also steps that individuals can take to reduce their plastic consumption and help address the plastic pollution problem in the Philippines. These include:

  1. Bringing reusable bags, water bottles, and utensils
  2. Avoiding single-use plastics, such as straws and plastic bags
  3. Properly disposing of waste and segregating recyclables
  4. Supporting businesses and products that prioritize sustainability and eco-friendliness



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Guela FrancineEcle

  • Philippines Former E-gen Ambassador Guela Francine Ecle
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James Mentor

  • James Mentor says :
    Hello again Guela! This is your mentor James!
    And again, so sorry for the late comment!

    I knew that plastic consumption in some parts of the Southeast Asian region is severe, but I didn't know that the Philippines was one of the top contributors to plastic pollution in the world! As you have mentioned, without proper plastic waste treatment, the devastating aftermath is shown in the environment, public health conditions, and even in the economy. Thus, proper waste collection and management of municipal waste is needed for a healthy society.

    Thanks for the meaningful report! Looking forward to reading your next one!
    Posted 05-05-2023 15:51

Yewon Mentor

  • Yewon Mentor says :
    Hello Guela! This is your mentor Yewon!

    Thank you for sharing the Philippines' story with us! I feel sorry to hear that the Philippines are suffering from plastic use.

    As you wrote in your report, the sachet economy and the lack of proper waste management systems are intensifying the Philippines' plastic problem. The Philippines is trying hard to solve this problem, however, so I hope this problem would be solved as soon as possible!!

    Thank you again for your great work!
    Posted 31-03-2023 23:19

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