These 3 Organizations Want Your Plastic And Paper Waste, So They Can Save The Environment
Your trash can be used for a greater cause!
The surge in the use of single-use plastic during the pandemic has negated years of initiatives to fight waste pollution. Plastic grocery bags, takeaway food containers, and packaging of parcels are just some of them. Thankfully, the recycling industry is quick to adapt.
In your own way, you can help, too. Instead of letting these sit on the landfill or pollute the oceans, you can donate your plastic and paper waste to organizations that, with the help of science, upcycle them and turn them into useful products.
1. Green Antz Builders
When a group of friends decided to work together in 2012 to repurpose plastic sachets and other non-recyclable wastes into eco-friendly materials, Green Antz Builders was born.
With engineers and entrepreneurs in the group, they came up with “ecobricks,” or hollow blocks made from approximately a hundred pieces of shredded sachets mixed with wet cement, then molded in the shape of a brick to be used in construction. By integrating green technologies with purpose, Green Antz Builders hopes to make a difference in the environment.
How you can help:
Donate your plastic bottles, plastic containers, sachets, shopping bags, and bubble wraps, and make sure these are clean, dry, and free from any food, soap, powder and liquid residue.
Drop them off at any of the following points. Note that Green Antz only collects on Saturdays on specific hours, as follows:
- Salcedo Market, Makati City (7 am to 11 am)
- Vertis North Mall Entrance, Quezon City (10 am to 3 pm)
- Sunshine Mall At Arca South Parking Lot, Taguig City (1:30 pm to 4 pm)
- Bonifacio High Street, between B7 and BB (11 am to 4 pm)
- Ayala Mall Feliz near the entrance of Metro Supermarket (9 am to 2 pm)
- Ayala Mall Trinoma Concierge (during mall hours, every day)
For more details, visit Green Antz Builders on Facebook.
2. The Plastic Flamingo
“Save the planet through an efficient plastic waste management system“-- that is how Charlotte & François started their steps to tackling ocean plastic pollution.
The French couple moved to Manila in 2018 and called their project The Plastic Flamingo, or The Plaf. It has grown into a social enterprise that currently has 70 organizations and collection networks comprised of several municipalities, stores, schools, and companies!
Aside from helping the environment by collecting plastic waste, Charlotte & François are also aiming to produce emergency shelters by repurposing these wastes into sustainable planks, lumbers and boards that may be used for rebuilding in areas that are affected by natural disasters.
How you can help:
Here are two ways you can reduce, segregate, and donate your collected plastics at home:
- Home Flamingo
Families residing within Metro Manila can get a bin for Php 500 where they could place their plastic waste. According to The Plaf, it usually takes one to two months to fill the bin out, upon which they will pick up the contents for a fee of Php 500.
- Drop Off Flamingo Hubs
The Plaf Warehose
Block 6, Building 2, National Road, 1 Tepaurel Compound, Putatan, Muntinlupa City (Landmark: SSS Putatan)
Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sarah (09565970283) / Flora (09982123024)
Barangay 801, Manila
2218 Concha St. San Andres Bukid Manila
Every Saturday, all day
Nikki Matibag (09356287154)
Kalikhasan Eco-Friendly Solutions
(For Merville Residents)
Casa Madrid, No.2 Madrid Street, Merville, Parañaque
Monday to Saturday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Malou De Joya (09178356235)
Decathlon branches in Pasig, Alabang, and Masinag also accepts donations for The Plaf.
For more details, send The Plaf a message on Instagram.
3. Silent Beads
Silent Beads is a local specialty store that aspires to “save mother Earth twice” by first, collecting used paper bags to reduce waste in homes, and second, turning those into seed-embedded paper that can be planted to make the environment greener.
How you can help:
You can donate your used brown paper bags from supermarkets and other establishments instead of just throwing these away. In exchange, you get one seed paper, or paper embedded with spinach seeds, for every 20 pieces of brown paper bags donated. Simply tear the seed paper into small pieces and bury the pieces in soil. As you would any plant, tend to your spinach plant regularly with water and sunlight, and watch it grow!
On January 23, 2021, Silent Beads added paper bills, receipts, used bond paper and paper manuals to the list of recyclable waste for their Papel Hardin Collection. In return, they will choose three lucky monthly winners from their donors who will receive one of their Papel Hardin swatches.
For your donations, make sure that the pieces of paper are dry, folded properly, and do not have plastic tapes and staples attached to them.
You may send or drop off your donations at Block 1 Lot 21 Dove Street, Saint Jude Subdivision, Brgy. Kaligayahan, Quezon City. Look for Bryan Cruz or contact him at 0933-2300200.
For more details, send Silent Beads an email through email@example.com.
It may be impossible to eliminate waste pollution entirely in the near future, but taking steps, no matter how small, could create a positive impact on the environment.