Getting there

winning poster, Poster Making Contest (Theme: Forest for Water and Wetlands), S.K.I.L.L.S. League

Expressing my appreciation and thanks to the organizers of the 1st Provincial Tourism and Hospitality Management Inter-School Competition 2011, held at the Teatro Ilocandia, Mariano Marcos State University-Batac Campus, for giving me the wonderful opportunity of judging the poster making contest and fashion show/contest with an ecology theme.

I am impressed with the students’ good grasp of environmental issues. Celebrating Tourism Month with activities focusing on knowledge and skills enhancement as a way to promote environmental awareness is praise-worthy, insomuch as keeping tourism sustainable is a challenge of the real world.

[Awesome recycled fashion creations. Read: Very. Fashion-Forward.][Winner, Best Model and Best Designer (Oliver Ramos, NWU). Very wearable recycled tutu skirt made of used  juice packs.]

NWU group

MMSU-Batac group

MMSU-Batac group

[I am amazed that there are electric jeepneys servicing the campus.][Ericke, who came with me, was an accidental judge in the fashion competition.]
[We stopped by the Paoay Church on our way home. Couldn’t resist being shot.]

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved

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


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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