World Consumer Rights Day to center on plastic pollution

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    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is  spearheading this year’s  the celebration of the World Consumer Rights (WCRD), the fifth year since the agency joined the March 15 global celebration.

    The annual event aims to raise global awareness on consumer rights and protection. Building on last year’s celebration on being a sustainable consumer, this year’s theme “Tackling Plastic Pollution” highlights the need for collective action and the important role of consumers in curbing plastic pollution.

    The DTI targets to educate consumers on how they can support and actively participate in tackling plastic pollution and urge them to use plastic alternatives.

    This year’s WCRD focuses on “7R: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, and Replace” that encourages consumers to adopt habits that will have a positive impact on the environment including re-evaluating their consumption habits, demanding more sustainable alternatives, extending the lifetime of plastic products and maximizing their value and utilization by reusing them, and disposing plastic waste appropriately by following local recycling guidelines.

    For the WCRD celebration, the DTI has  set up venues for discussion and interaction on the WCRD theme “Tackling Plastic Pollution”. In the Consumer e-Forum on March 15.

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources  will discuss the government’s sustainable actions on plastic pollution. The City Government of Pasig will likewise be present to talk about its program called “A Smart City with a Green Heart” and share their best practices to achieve green development that can withstand climate change.

    In the Consumer Care Webinar Series, topics on waste management, recycling initiatives, and sustainability programs were set for discussion for the month of March. Speakers from the public and private sectors were invited to virtually interact with consumers and guide them to be part of sustainability programs and activities. Consumers may virtually participate via Zoom or the DTI Consumer Care Facebook Page.

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