By Leslie Ann Aquino
Concerned with the garbage problem in the country, the Catholic Womens League (CWL), the largest Catholic women’s organization in the country, is saying No to Plastics.
CWL National President Rita Mariano said since last year they have been encouraging their 250,000 members nationwide to always bring their own utensils to events and gatherings.
“We are advocating for them to bring fork and spoon or chopsticks and put in inside their bags,” she said. “In this little way, at least we could minimize the use of plastic that are thrown away,” added Mariano.
She said their members are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles for the same reason.
“These items you can re-use. It really starts with us,” said Mariano. This, she said is also in line with Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si (Praise Be To You) which promotes care for the environment. CWL also supported the planting and upkeep of 100 wildling seedlings in the Marikina Watershed as part of their outreach services.