Plastic straws out, Bamboo straws in

Manila, Philippines– In its bid to fight the worsening plastic problem, the province of Misamis Occidental has introduced the use of bamboo straws instead of plastics to its residents.

The selling of reusable bamboo straws is the province’s proposed solution or green initiative to help in addressing the plastic problem.

The environmental group, Greenpeace said the Philippines is one of the highest contributor to the plastic problem in the world.

In a Facebook post, Jaylo Estoque of the province’s tourism office said they have started selling the bamboo straws for Php10 each at the Misamis Occidental Enterprise Development and Research Center in Oroquieta City.

In an interview with, the manager of the pasalubong center convinced the residents of Concepcion town to make these bamboo straws because of the abundance of bamboo plants in the town.

Estoque said this initiative could also give additional income for the indigenous people in the area. He recalled that the idea started during their trip in Bukidnon where the use of bamboo straws was common.

The tourism official also encourage tourists coming to the province to scrap the use of plastic straws and make bamboo straws as alternatives.

The post has now more than six thousand shares and almost four thousand reactions.

Green initiatives have been circulating in social media from a sari-sari store that implements refillable shampoo and soap to a coffee shop in Siargao that uses leaves as strirrer.

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