Text by Kimmy Baraoidan, VERA Files
Photos by Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan
Los Baños, Laguna—Inside a wet market in Los Baños, a stack of paper bags hangs by a fruit stand.
Many towns now ban the use of plastics in business establishments. Consumers haul their produce and groceries in brown paper bags, colorful eco bags, old newspapers and used cardboard boxes.
Bicycles are all the rage as of late. Aside from zero emissions, another benefit is that the rider is able to work out while going from one place to another. Bicycle surplus shops have sprung left and right to cater to the demand for the eco-friendly vehicle. Consequently, bicycle rental and repair shops are experiencing a resurgence in their business.
Another booming business is wood recyclers. Palotsina used by big factories as packaging material is salvaged by small-scale furniture makers and make them into customized pieces of furniture.
These practices show a growing consciousness to save the environment from further degradation caused by mankind.
(VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”)