It’s a good day to save our mother Earth! After the upcycle of election tarps to school bags in Zamboanga del Sur, a public high school in Cauayan town just opened a zero-waste canteen. The school canteen aims to promote a plastic-free culture among its students and teachers.
Bulata National High School
Bamboo mugs, Banana leaves, and coconut shell bowls. These are the new utensils being used at the canteen of Bulata National High School (BNHS) in Cauayan, Negros Occidental.
BNHS is now promoting a plastic-free culture in their school canteen; healthy eating from fresh and local produce and will discourage food packaged in single-use plastic. 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 was inspired to make the school canteen plastic-free after attending the Danjugan Island’s Marine and Wildlife Camp.
“Why not adopt this (Wala Usik) model and reduce plastic waste at source at the same time promote what’s local. Imagine, if all school canteens in the Philippines become zero-waste”
In addition to that, the zero-waste program in BNHS also features colorful marine life paintings on their walls with the theme of “More Fish, Not Plastic” painted by the volunteers from the Association of Negros Artists. It pays tribute to Cauayan waters and the Danjugan Island Marine Reserve and Sanctuaries, also part of Barangay Bulata.
Lastly, Yap is also seeking additional support to make its plastic-free canteen fully operational. It needs more chairs, tables, and equipment since it will also be used for school-based feeding programs.