Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is urging Filipinos to celebrate Christmas in an environmentally friendly way by avoiding overindulgence and managing their waste properly during what is typically a wasteful time of the year.

 

“Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year, but unfortunately, it is also the most wasteful,” Cimatu pointed out.

 

According to Cimatu, the festive season is a period of massive spending, packed shopping malls, and a whole lot of waste, which can have huge impact on the environment.

 

He said that Christmas does not have to be a burden on the environment as there are a number of ways people can do in order to help reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season, including practicing the 3Rs of solid waste management –reduce, reuse and recycle.

 

“Filipinos, who are known to celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world, generate more waste during the holidays than at any other time of the year,” Cimatu explained.

 

“Thus, it is only necessary for the public to be more conscious of the waste they generate and to observe environmentally responsible Yuletide habits,” he added.

 

Cimatu reminded the public to be more prudent in their use of materials, energy and leftover food in order to generate less waste and reduce the amount of trash that goes to landfills. 

 

Since the bulk of holiday waste comes from gift wrapping and packaging materials, Cimatu suggested using newspapers, gift bags and other alternatives to traditional wrapping paper that can be reused, recycled or composted.

 

He encouraged everyone to think of eco-friendly ways to give gifts and patronize products that are made from recycled materials, come in reusable packaging, and promote sustainable use of natural resources.

  

Cimatu said that people could consider alternatives to sending traditional Christmas cards like e-cards or making a donation to charity instead.

 

They could also buy gifts made from recycled materials as well as toys that do not use batteries, which eventually end up as waste, he added.

 

He said seedlings and plants would make great gifts to send this holiday season.

 

At the same time, he urged the public to patronize locally made products for use as gifts as the process used to make them come from shorter supply chain, which translates to lower carbon footprint.

 

He also promoted the use of energy-efficient LED as Christmas lights. ###

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