Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Priest pushes 'green' gifts for holidays

A Catholic prelate has called on the public to go “green” this Christmas by giving eco-friendly products as gifts.

“We recommend that they give eco-friendly stuff,” Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez said in an interview.

He particularly urged the public to give plants to their loved ones.

“It’s not only eco-friendly, it is also cheaper since you can get it from your own backyard,” said Iniguez.

The Public Affairs Committee chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines also encouraged last minute shoppers to do away with plastic bags and replace them with “bayong,” a hand-woven native bag made of buri palm leaves or other locally available plant materials.

“We should avoid using plastic and this is one good opportunity for people to learn,” Iniguez said.

The prelate together with the pro-environment group Ecowaste Coalition earlier lauded the move by the Samahang Pagkakaisa ng mga Tindera sa Talipapa (SPTT) to observe every Monday beginning October 11 as “No Plastic Bag Day” to cut unrestrained consumption and disposal of plastic bags.


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