WWF-Philippines and Ayala Malls Launch #AyokoNgPlastik Movement
With eight million tons of plastic ending up in oceans every year, the Philippines ranks as the world’s third plastic polluter of oceans. The #AyokoNgPlastik movement hopes to address these alarming facts by bringing together companies, individuals, and other sectors to minimize and eventually put a stop to single-use plastics such as straws, bags, bottles, and cups. Refusing these is a simple yet strong first step that individuals can take to commit to a sustainable lifestyle, especially since the harm that these materials cause directly affect humans.
Ayala Malls has expressed support for the movement, and is committed to driving sustainable business and living practices across their many developments. Ayala Malls says #AyokoNgPlastik (L-R) Tin Yabao, Ayala Malls Consumer Marketing Manager; Mei Bauzon, Ayala Malls Luzon Operations Head; Mariana Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Malls Deputy Head; Eunice Acejo, Ayala Malls Marketing Director; Shiela Genato, Ayala Malls HR Head
“Sustainability has long been a priority for Ayala Malls, and we’re especially proud to have the chance to continue the momentum with WWF. We launched our initial campaign in 2009, with the aim to bring focus to the importance of sustainable living, and last year we established our intent for no plastic shopping bags across Ayala Malls. We are thrilled to have found a partner in WWF for #AyokoNgPlastik campaign, as we work together for a more sustainable future for the Philippines,” says Mariana Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Malls Deputy Head.
If production and usage of plastic remain unchanged, experts predict that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Everyone is invited to take part in the #AyokoNgPlastik movement and can find more details through WWF-Philippines’ social media pages, or the official #AyokoNgPlastik Facebook group.