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Green group launches ‘toxic-free, waste-free’ Christmas

The highlight of the program was a showcase of creative “parols” (Christmas lanterns) designed by select students from all grade levels

Environmental group BAN Toxics launched its annual school-based campaign promoting a “toxic-free and waste-free Christmas” celebration.

Students, teachers, and parents at General Roxas Elementary School joined the event, which aimed to reduce the holiday trash in time for Christmas.

The event also aimed to encourage the public to be mindful in protecting and preserving the environment this yuletide season.

“It’s high time to raise awareness to our students, teachers, parents, and the community on the importance of promoting toxic-free and waste-free celebration in the country,” said Thony Dizon, Toxics Campaigner of BAN Toxics.

The highlight of the program was a showcase of creative “parols” (Christmas lanterns) designed by select students from all grade levels.

Using only dried leaves, coconut husks, coconut shells, broomsticks, grass, corn husks, old papers, and used cartons, the typical plastic-made “parols” turned into beautiful lanterns made out of recycled and eco-friendly materials.

To raise awareness on the principles of 3Rs — reduce, reuse, and recycle — each group briefly shared their stories behind the eco-friendly “parols.”

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The importance of managing waste materials in the school and at home for the holiday season was also discussed afterwards.

“We encourage the students, teachers, and parents to practice proper waste management in their homes, schools, and in their communities,” said Antonio Miranda, school principal.

He said the school is the second home of the students, adding that “We want to protect them from toxic chemicals, and provide a safe and healthy environment for them.”

According to data from the Solid Waste Management of Metro Manila, the per capita waste generation this year is estimated at 0.2650 to 1.0032 kg per person per day.

BAN Toxics noted that the trash before and during the holiday season increases because people are busy decorating, gift shopping, and partying.

The garbage generated can be reduced if it’s managed properly by following the principles of “reduce, reuse, and recycle,” said the group.

“We appeal to the public to be mindful of our holiday trash,” read a BAN Toxics statement.

“Let’s practice reducing, reusing, and recycling. It is our duty and responsibility to reduce our exposure from toxic harm while enjoying the yuletide season,” added the group.

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