As we can all see plastic straws are being eliminated to almost all the restaurants here in Philippines. There were even stainless steel straws that are being sold as an alternative yet it is quite expensive.
But do not worry because The Famous Bamboo Straw, a product from Concepcion, Misamis Occidental is now available at Misamis Occidental Enterprise Development and Research Center (MOEDRC) Pasalubong Center, Pines Oroquieta City. The price of this bamboo straws are just 10PHP. This was posted by Jaylo Estoque of the provincial tourism office.
Who would have thought that for 10PHP you can save million of lives.
The manager of the said pasalubong center, told INQUIRER that their office convinced Concepcion town to create these straws as products marketable to everyone considering that the mountainous town is in abundance of bamboo plants in the area.
Meanwhile, the ecological effort of the province quickly went viral on social media, earning the praise and admiration of Filipinos online.
As of this writing, Estoque’s post already amassed almost 3,000 reactions and 4,000 shares.
A couple of weeks ago, a cafe in Siargao Island also became an online hit after it rolled out the use of “Lukay” straws that are made of palm leaves or coconut fronds.
The Philippines is listed as one of the world’s leading plastic polluters of the ocean, according to environmental watchdog Greenpeace.
A study of British packaging supplier Rajapack noted that between 4.8 to 12.5 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, fearing that if this consistently happens, there would be more plastics than fishes in the oceans by 2050. /jpv
Yet one of the questions right is if this kind of straws can be reusable since it is only made of bamboo there is possibility that it cannot be use multiple times.