Paranaque City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) has set up a livelihood project that aims to provide additional income to members of the Community Relations and Information Division (CRID) by selling products made from materials “Upcycled”.
According to engineer Tere Quioge, overseeing CENRO’s special environmental management, the livelihood project was officially launched on February 13 and now sells products from “upcycled” materials such as cardboard, glass, plastic, metal and cans, paper, non-biodegradable protective packaging, shampoo bags and rags.
Quioge said that CENRO’s livelihood market is located at 2sd floor of the Paranaque public market along the Barangay La Huerta.
She said the livelihood market sells bags, slippers, canvases, figurines and other products created from “recycled” materials.
Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the livelihood program has also been presented to the community for people to learn about the importance of materials that can be “recycled” and make it their own livelihood project.
Olivarez said CENRO was able to produce 17 bags, 38 pairs of slippers, 81 purses, 11 wall decorations and a figure last month.
He said nearly 400 pieces of recycled products are created, 100 of which have already been sold.
Olivarez said the number sold by CRID is a testament to ParaÃ±aquenos’ patronage when it comes to promoting and using recycled products.
Quioge explained that upcycling is a process of creating a better quality product from materials that are already considered waste.
She said recycling is important because it minimizes waste, especially plastics that end up in landfills.
CENRO added that the materials which are supposed to be considered as waste are now transformed into a more useful product.
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