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It Looks Like Plastic Straws + Stirrers Will Be Banned Soon

They're now included in the list of 'non-environmentally acceptable products.'
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Heads up, coffee and milk tea lovers! If you're the type who uses plastic straws and stirrers, it's time to start checking out some reusable options.

Move to ban plastic straws + stirrers

According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), on February 2, the National Solid Waste Management Commission added plastic straws and stirrers to their list of non-environmentally acceptable products (NEAP). And by law, under Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000), anything that's part of the list will be prohibited.

Reesearch conducted by the #BreakFreeFromPlasticMovement found that "the average Filipino produces around 208 kilos of waste annually, while an entire household yields an estimated total of 1,040 kilos of trash." (Yikes!) It's about time we make an effort to getting our hands on zero-waste essentials, don't ya think? Check out these eco-friendly online stores that'll help you start a sustainable lifestyle.

According to the DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda, "We have long been fighting for and we are committed in having a NEAP list to comply with the law to combat environmental damage." He also said, "The prohibition on these two single-use plastic items may be small steps in the NEAP listing, but it is a big leap when it comes to compliance with the provisions of RA 9003."

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