BACOLOD CITY — Mugs made of bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves.
These are the new utensils being used at the canteen of Bulata National High School (BNHS) in Cauayan, Negros Occidental as the school promotes a plastic-free culture in providing meals and snacks for its more than 400 students and teachers.
The concept is inspired by the “Wala Usik” Sari-Sari Store, an initiative of the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRCFI) through its Sea Waste Education to Eradicate Plastic program or SWEEP.
“Wala Usik” is a Hiligaynon phrase which means “zero-waste” or “nothing-is-wasted”.
BNHS principal Eiggy Duller Yap gained inspiration to make the school canteen plastic-free after attending the Danjugan Island’s Marine and Wildlife Camp last summer.