What are you doing to help save the Earth? It doesn’t have to be anything grand like cleaning up the Pasig River. It can be as simple as recycling your used paper products or throwing your trash in the trash bin. After all, these small changes, when practiced by thousands can make for a pretty big change.
Did I even make sense? Anyway.
One of the biggest campaigns for environmental awareness these past years is the reduction of use of plastic products. Here in the Philippines, supermarkets and department stores still use plastic bags for the goods you purchase. It was only recently that SM Supermarket started selling their resusable eco-bags for use, with the added incentive for their SM Advantage members to get additional points for using their eco-bags instead of plastic bags. Also, I heard that last Christmas, a number of companies in the Philippines released their reusable shopping bags. Though I’ve yet to see people using their eco-bags for their groceries or shopping.
Envirosax bags, re-usable shopping bag from Coles and my mini-bayong. If you look closely, you’d see the blue bubble bag from Kamiseta circa 2001.
- It is estimated that 500 billion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide every year.
- 1 million plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide every minute of the day.
- Single use plastic bags made of HDPE remain in the environment for up to approx. 1,000 years.
- Over 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles worldwide are killed by plastic rubbish every year.
Envirosax, an advocate for environmental sustainability, aims to reduce the use of plastic bags by promoting the use of plastic bag alternatives: eco-friendly reusable bags that are lightweight, portable and waterproof. They’re cute to boot, not to mention a must-have in every packing list.
Up until recently, Envirosax bags aren’t available locally. Thanks to Phoebe, I learned that Gourdo’s is now stocking the Retro Kitchen series of Envirosax for Php 375 each. Or you can win this Envirosax Flora #1 bag from Justwandering.org.
In celebration of Earth Day and my blog’s 2nd anniversary, I’m raffling off this Flora #1 Envirosax bag to one lucky JustWandering reader. Simply comment on this post, and share with us what you do to help save the environment. Double your chances of winning by commenting AND blogging about this contest and linking back to this post (please drop me a line or send a trackback so I’d know you posted).
This contest is open to all JustWandering readers. The Envirosax will be sent via Air21 if the winner is from the Philippines, and by registered Airmail if the winner is residing overseas (sans the backing board, though). The deadline for submitting your comments and entries is at 11:59pm on April 26th, Manila time (GMT +0800). Winner will be picked randomly and will be announced on April 27th, Just Wandering’s 2nd birthday. Anna D., Mela, Rael and Ryan are disqualified from joining the contest :P
Happy Earth Day to all!
Envirosax is distrubuted locally by Zolo Enterprises. Aside from Gourdo’s, the bags are available at Fully Booked, Nothing But Water, Meet my Feet, The Reading Room, Shepherd’s Staff, My Spa, Hooked on Books, The Learning Gallery, Island Girl, Republik BTC and soon, Hobbes and Landes. You can also order online from the Envirosax Philippines Multiply Site.