Manama — As support for Bahrain’s ban on single-use plastic bags, the Philippine Embassy in Manama launched its solid waste management project this month by upcycling old tarpaulin banners into reusable bags to replace non-biodegradable plastics and solid wastes.
Madame Caroline Belinda Ver, spouse of Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso Ver, launched the project as an added session of the Dressmaking Skills Training Program organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the Migrant Workers and Other Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC) attached to the Embassy courses on dressmaking.
According to the recent environmental forum which was held in Bahrain, one reusable bag can replace at least 170 single-use plastic bags.
The samples of reusable shopping bags made by the participants are expected to carry the same capacity as the ones currently used by Bahrain’s largest hypermarket and department store chains.
Once the final design is agreed upon, the Embassy will ask the Filipino organizations to give their old tarpaulin banners for conversion into reusable bags, these will eventually be distributed to the Filipino community and the public at large.
“The patterns may be shared to the public and different organizations, as well as to their respective families. Other individuals can take it upon themselves to make their own reusable shopping bags,” Embassy said.