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SM Bacolod launches "Trash to Crafts" project

Bacolod City (4 June) -- The "Trash to Craft" project of the SM City Bacolod and its partners recently opened showcasing products made of materials that could have been well buried in the mountains of garbage in the dump site but were transformed into useful works of art by artists and environmentalists.

Among the products shown were bags and wallets made from juice containers, hanging garden from used plastic bottles, camper stove made from tin cans, and pieces of jewelry made from papers and plastics.

SM Mall Manager George Jardiolin said the program was in keeping with the corporate commitment of the SM Supermalls' in protecting the environment and is a prelude to the big event on June 8 that will feature a forum by ex- US vice president Al Gore who will speak on "The Leader as Environment Steward."

He said SM is advancing environmental efforts that hope to see the country having robust programs to counter water, air and solid waste pollutions.

San Carlos City Waste Management Program represented by Michelle Dumdum shared the practices of the city that made them a national awardee on zero- waste management.

Alex Anuales of the Associated Negros Producers, ANP, showed how to make art with polymer clay while Nikki Seva on recycling old DVDs.

Engr. Paolo Petalver of West Negros University gave tips on how to recycle empty bottles and tin cans and Jay Costanilla gave a demonstration on recycled products.

In his speech Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Officer Jesse Vego welcomed the activity that will help Filipinos recycle their trash into crafts and looked beyond what it can do to the lives of the common people.

"We are not only celebrating craft making, we are celebrating humanity." (PIA-LOL) [top]

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