Filipinos have this natural ability to make something out of nothing, we are widely known for being resourceful and creative in many ways.
While some people will just throw things that they already consider as trash, Filipinos can still find ways on how to make it useful again. Just like this Filipino mechanical engineer, Winchester Lemen, who is the founder of the Winder Recycling Company in Davao.
Based on the official Facebook page of Winder Recycling Company, Engineer Lemen decided to make plastic chairs for schools when a guest asked him to make something useful for students by using recycled materials.
Engineer Lemen started collecting plastic waste and tried to make prototype chairs, after finishing one product he showed it to the said guest, and the guest immediately ordered of 200 chairs.
He called this project as, “Envirotech Waste Recycling.”
Unknown to him, this plastic chair was also presented to Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista, and as a result, he also supported his project and ordered seats for public schools in Quezon City.
You can also see on their Facebook page that President Rodrigo Duterte, who is also from Davao, supported Engineer Winchester Lemen’s vision of solving the problem of plastic waste in the Philippines.
The Envirotech Waste Recycling project not only helps to save our planet by conserving the trees but also benefits schools by providing an adequate number of chairs, especially for public schools.
In fact, based on the record of the United Nations Environment Program, every day our country generates an average of 6875. 84 tons of waste and the large proportion of the waste collected are plastic materials and other non-biodegradable items.
In addition to that, it is also reported by the Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment in 2015 that our country was the third largest source of plastic waste leaks in the ocean and has the highest waste collected in South East Asia.