Jun 27, 2016

2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition - Environment Summit 2016

The global effort to raise awareness on helping the environment is getting much more creative and public-friendly. From Hollywood stars wearing recycled materials, to movies promoting zero-carbon lifestyle, all these in a sense, promote waste management.
But the question is,  how much do we really know about waste management? 

The thing is you don't have to be a fashion designer or a movie producer to know how to manage your own solid waste, and share the awareness to other people. 
In fact, the 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition held last June 21-24 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall with the theme "Fostering Shared Responsibility in Integrated Waste Management" showcased different ways of managing the wastes we produce. More than just simple segregation, there were government units, private companies and organizations that could give you an idea on how they manage their own wastes.

The opening ceremony was started by a keynote speech by environmental advocate, Sen. Loren Legarda. She's frequently seen supporting indigenous and recycled materials and went far as to wearing them. Among other laws she authored, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Law signed in 2001 was for the local government units to implement segregation and built material recycling facilities.

"It has been 15 years since the law was passed, but according to the Department of 
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), as of 2015, only 36 percent, or 545 local government units (LGUs), have complied with all aspects of this legislation." Sen. Legarda said.
 It means that there are cities that have open dumpsites, which could be hazardous to the health and natural resources of the town. You can inquire to your LGU if your city complies to the ESWM Law.
 In the household level, we are encouraged to segregate our wastes and know the schedules of the biodegradable and non-biodegradable collection days of the garbage collectors in your area.

Our country is one of the top countries in terms of biodiversity yet we are also at the top in vulnerability to disasters, added by Sen. Legarda.
These environmental laws in the country are made to protect us from disasters and save our resources.

Following the speech was a fashion show by the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines. The models wore outfits made of or detailed by indigenous and recycled materials.

by Edwin Uy

by Cathy Cavilte

Used red mongo and corn seeds for the details by Adam Balasa

 Bamboo gown by Chico Estiva

by James O'Briant

This creation 
by Louis Pangilinan made me realize the extent of the creativity by Filipino designers! This is probably the crowd fave. Our future representatives to international beauty pageants could use it as national costume! 

Made by the very detailed bridal gown designer, Paolo Blanco.

This one's my favorite! The gown is made of McDo spoons! By Marjorie Lee Gumabay

Fish net terno by Nere Ku

The shawl is made of white plastic bags, by Rian Fernandez

A pretty dress accentuated by plastic bottles! By Richie Bondoc

The ribbon-cutting ceremony are lead by DENR, MMDA, FDAP, SM Malls representatives and Sen. Legarda

The event was attended by environmental advocates, students, NGOs, and members of the press.
Participating companies and brands have booths that shows their ways of helping the environment and managing their waste. Some give informative pamphlets and books.

The 2016 Environmental Summit was managed by Artistespace, which specializes from planning to executing events and digital marketing solutions.
For more information about 2016 Environmental Summit, visit their official website, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


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