This Negros Initiative Turns Plastic Bottles into Sellable Items!
Lory Joyce Andagan | June 04, 2020
Ever wondered where will your empty plastic bottles be after you throw it in trash cans? This small farming community converts your waste into useful pieces through recycling! PeacePond Farmers Association in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental created a program called Blastik or the Balik Plastic Bottle Project that is an economically-viable, easily replicated initiative that helps prevent plastic bottles from ending up in landfills and oceans.
Started last year, the project is managed by couple Jess Antonio Orbida and Checcs Osmeña- Orbida in partnership with Aid Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI) for recycling machines and funding from Coca–Cola Foundation Philippines. The project aims to reduce environmental footprint where nothing goes to waste – from plastic caps to its labels. Blastik Eco Rangers, equipped with low carbon-producing e-bikes, are in charge of collecting plastic waste materials. Every piece of plastic waste they collect are washed, dried, segregated, and upcycled it into wall ties, wallets, tabletops, chairs, home decors, and even foot walk pavers! This is with the help of low-cost, portable, low-maintenance, and easy to operate machines that can be found in their place.
The Blastik Project also has a showcase facility and educational center for solid waste management schemes. The walls of its structure are made of a total of 6,550 plastic bottles, featuring all the collections and recycling applications of the Blastik Project. It offers an eco-tour in the area that helps in educating communities on the importance of plastic waste management and recycling system. Through this project, communities in the barangays can use the things that they recycle as their source of living.
Right now, they opened a Blastik Barter Store where you can exchange your plastic bottles for eco-bags, school supplies, and other recycled things that you find useful! With this, you are not only doing your part in saving our environment but also helping communities earn a sustainable living by buying their products!