Establishment of Packaging-Free Grocery Stores in Metro Manila

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Plastic pollution has been one of the most pressing issues that continuously harms nature. According to a report by the USAID, there are currently 35,000 tons of municipal waste generated by the Philippines daily and more than 8,600 tons per day are generated in Metro Manila alone. This adds to the worsening of the already heavily polluted air of the city. Thus, the establishment of packaging-free grocery stores in Metro Manila would help gradually address this problem by eliminating the increasing amount of waste being disposed each year and promoting a zero-waste lifestyle. 

In addition, packaging waste statistics also indicate that packaging such as paper, glass and plastic contributes a major share in the increasing solid waste. Top companies such as Nestle, Unilever and Procter & Gamble were considered to be the top companies in producing waste such as plastic. Moreover, the environmental organization Greenpeace Philippines have emphasized that the country has a “sachet economy”, wherein people buy cheap goods in small amounts and these sachets commonly ends up in landfill or oceans.

In line with this, the cost of packaging is also a factor wherein it is likely greater than the cost of the product it contains. This is evidenced by a study from Ohio State University, which states that “Nine percent of the amount you spend on any product is probably the cost of its packaging.”

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