Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is asking Filipinos to consider reducing their use of plastic in their community as the world observes World Oceans Day.
Pimentel said that according to A 2015 Ocean Conservancy report more than half of the 8 million metric tons of plastic waste dumped into the oceans every year comes from countries such as China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
“Our economy’s strong performance has increased production and consumption. Unfortunately, it also increased the plastic waste we generate in the course of our daily activities. It’s time we consider how we can use plastic in a less destructive way.” – Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III
The Senator said that studies also project that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.
With this, Pimentel recommends of doing away with single-use plastic bags and suggested mandating that disposable plastics be biodegradable.
As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship, Pimentel also considers of passing a law that limits the use of plastics in industry and trade.