By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Reelected Senator Cynthia Villar has tapped women in Dasmarinas, Cavite to give new life to her campaign materials for the recent elections.
The election tarpaulins have been upcycled into bags by a group of women from a small tailoring business in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Villar, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said: “We are very glad that we have now a way for the proper disposal of those used tarpaulins. Through this initiative, we were not only able to recycle used tarpaulins into something useful, we were also able to help women earn additional income for their families.”
At least 550 bags were produced by the MXD Tailoring from the 2×3 feet tarpaulins. The bag measures 12x18x4 inches.
The shop is expected to make more bags as tarpaulins collected from other provinces arrive.
Villar said tarpaulin bags are “the more durable and environment-friendly substitute for plastic bags.”
She said she will distribute the bags for free to “further promote her advocacy for plastic recycling.”
On the last day of their session for the 17th Congress on Tuesday, Villar was seen giving some of the bags to her fellow senators in the Senate plenary.
Aside from the tarpaulin recycling, the Nacionalista Party senator earlier initiated a plastic recycling project to turn plastic wastes into school chairs.
These chairs were donated to different public schools all over the country.