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Actor Pepe Herrera advocating against using single-use plastic materials

By: - Social Media Specialist
/ 10:13 AM April 02, 2019

Screengrab from Greenpeace’s Facebook video

MANILA, Philippines — Actor Pepe Herrera called on Filipinos to stop using single-use plastic materials that eventually become part of  “garbage islands” or artificial islands formed out of pile of plastic waste.

In a Facebook video uploaded by environmental watchdog Greenpeace Philippines, Herrera can be seen standing on a large volume of trash in Freedom Island, which he calls a “literal garbage island.”

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“As you can see right now, we are here standing on a garbage island here near Freedom Island. And it is literally an island of single-use plastic garbage,” the actor said.

Pepe Herrera on a plastic island

Pepe Herrera welcomes you to the Philippine Islands … of plastic waste. If we don't #BreakFreeFromPlastic now, we'd have more islands to welcome than the 7,641. Tell companies to stop producing single-use plastic >> act.gp/stopsingleuseplastic-fb

Greenpeace Philippines 发布于 2019年3月20日周三

Freedom Island is located inside the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism and was declared as critical habitat in 2007. It is also the remaining mangrove frontier in Metro Manila and serves as a sanctuary for more than 80 species of birds.

“We can keep cleaning the shores along Manila Bay but plastic never goes away. This is a garbage island where single-use plastic like sachets and all sorts of trash are enough to form their own island,” he added.

According to the Plastic Free Challenge organization, single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are items that are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda, and water bottles and most food packaging.

Herrera also urged corporations to stop producing single-use plastic and to reduce plastic consumption to stop the feeding of the so-called “#plasticmonster.”

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“If we don’t #BreakFreeFromPlastic now, we’d have more islands to welcome than the 7,641. Tell companies to stop producing single-use plastic,” Greenpeace Philippines wrote on the video’s caption.

Last year, the actor shared that he is devoting his time as a “garbage collector.”

READ: Pepe Herrera back as beach trash collector: ‘I’m way far from stopping’

He said he’s proud to pick up unwanted waste and that he felt “really good doing it again.”

Meanwhile, the Philippines is said to be one of the world’s worst plastic polluters of oceans.

Greenpeace said an equivalent of one truckload of plastic end up at sea every minute. /jpv

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