Get into the Envirosax habit: Say no to single-use plastic bags with élan

Lightweight, super strong (holds up to 44lbs), durable, fully washable and fade resistant, Envirosax, the original designer reusable bag, is available at Red Dot boutique in Laoag for only 395 php.

Unrolled, the chic eco-bag measures 19.5″ x 16.5″, yet folds to a mere 4″ x 1.5″ pouch. A built-in snap button holds the pouch for an easier upkeep. Just toss it into your purse, or put it in your pocket, and you’re ready to go shopping. As a matter of fact, it offers versatile functionality.

There are many designs and colors to choose from. Get your environment message across in a fun and  fashionable way.

Photographed by Blauearth. Red Dot boutique, F.R. Castro St, Laoag City, Ilocs Norte, Philippines

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Know the facts about plastic bags

  • Somewhere between 500 million and a trillion plastics bags are consumed worldwide each year.
  • Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It costs more to recycle a bag than produce one. It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32.
  • Plastic bags photodegrade, which means they breakdown into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers, which eventually contaminate soils and waterways.
  • When ingested, these microscopic particles can become catastrophic to wildlife. Nearly 200 different species of sea life including dolphins, whales, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags. Birds, as well.
  • By using a cloth bag, we can save 6 bags a week. That’s 24 bags a month. That’s 288 bags a year. That’s 22,176 bags in an average lifetime.
  • If just 1 out of 5 people did this, we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our lifetime.
  • Bangladesh has banned plastic bags.
  • China has banned free plastic bags.
  • Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002, and have now reduced plastic bag consumption by 90%.
  • More countries have also banned, or are moving towards banning the plastic bag.
  • Reducing plastic bags will reduce foreign oil dependency.
  • China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags.
Read more on the data released by the US Environmental Protection Agency
plastic bag nightmare 001image by Zainub via flickr

E.a.r.t.h now. E-nvironmental a-wakening, r-esponsibility (shared responsibilty), t-ransformation, h-ope. A message by the LEAD Movement

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Knock, knock. Mike Kairuz says, “Who’s there?”

What’s the next thing to do when you’re too early for a carefree Sunday afternoon snack at the Stone House Café along the Airport Road? Let me think… visit Mike Kairuz who lives around the Laoag International Airport area. Good idea!

Mike Kairuz, who? Mike, a friend from way back, is a half Filipino half Lebanese weekend painter who considers himself an Ilocano. He started painting while growing up in Manila. After college, he moved to Laoag, and he’s never left Ilocos after he met and married his angel, Lita. They are blessed with three lovely Marias, named  Denise, Michelle and Nicole, the answer to why he is drawn to “Tres Marias” as his art subject. Not to mention, “Mother and Child” for the plain and simple reason that it is a global culture.

“Semiabstract and silhouette,” Mike said when I asked him to describe his art. He uses oil, and acrylic, and his palette, bold and striking. “And there’s always blue.”

I probed, “Ah, blau, I love blue, in fact my blog is named… But why blue?”

“Like the sky, it brings out all the colors, and it is earthly,” Mike answered.

I told him that we are mutual in that respect, parallel, as it were.

Among Filipino painters, other than Filipino National Artist (Visual Arts) BenCab, he looks up to painter-art teacher Fernando “Nanding” B. Sena, known for nude and stills. Among Mike’s art collection is a nude painting by no less than the master  himself.

He admires Pablo Picasso, French artist Paul Cézzane, and art star Jean-Michel Basquiat. The one thing I noticed about the artists he mentioned is the use of vibrant or explosive colors.

Mike  has joined about twenty-five exhibits around Manila, Bacolod and Laoag. He has a varied clientele. In Laoag, art-loving politicians and doctors are his usual patrons. His price is 3000 php and up.

Mike and I talked about other things besides art. He looked good and fit, so I asked him to share his secret. “I jog around the neighborhood every morning, and I eat less pork.” Mike is obviously into this healthy lifestyle, so I asked him if he cooks, and he said, “Yes, Mediterranean cooking, like I use a lot of olive oil. I use olive oil dressing for my avocado and onion salad.” I guess, that’s what you call Discipline.

So maladroit of me, I forgot to ask him why he used the very cool Smackwater Jack when he was radio deejaying. He had the hippest playlist, and I tell you, he had a large fan base, but that was way before iPods and other geeky stuff.

“Who’s there?” Radio Ga Ga. “Radio Ga Ga, who?”  Your former radio listener.

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Contact Mike Kairus at: Kai_arts@yahoo.com.ph
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