biodegradable plastics

a colleague of mine, ms. carol lee wrote me tis note:
Hello Eric,
Just late last year, I noticed that the yellow shopping bags of SM (Shoe Mart) have ‘biodegradable‘ printed on them.  Until then, I have always thought their bags are made of plastic.  How can one tell whether a bag is actually manufactured using biodegradable plastic or not?
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you on the above.
All the best,

der was a time wen plastic bags (lotz wer from sm supermarkets) on unsanitary landfills, sewer canals, rivers & even in manila bay r regularly seen on photos in newspapers & magazines….
plastic bag pollution

plastic bag pollution

shoemart noiselessly introduced deir oxo-biodegradable plastic (obps) bags as well as d re-usable green bags (can last up2 2yrs or 100 grocery trips, accordingly) 2address d problem.
d question is….do we really need a plastic bag dat will last a hundred years? biodegradable plastic bags (sm obps bags decompose after 6 months) r cool coz of low enviro impact…


sm green bag

sm green bag

biodegradable plastic bags can b identified fr deir labels. see pix bellow. f plastic bags r not labeled so, den dey’r not!

giordano (a clothes shop) have bio-bags 4deir customers….

giordano bio-bag

giordano bio-bag

in d past (wen brandenberger invented it in 1908), cellophane wer made fr plants b4 petrochemical based plastics became d cheapest alternative.

pple say dat biodegradable plastics r more expensive dan regular plastics…according 2a friend (who’s familiar w/ d supplier of sm), sm didn’t spent too much more in deir biodegradable bags due 2d volume scale (only 12% more expensive according an sm insider)…..guess, cost s always a reason 4pple 2justify dat we can pollute d earth….

using re-usable bags (cloth bags, ‘bayong’, etc.) s d best way 2go……in europe, one has 2pay 4plastic bags if u don’t hav ur own re-usable bags…tis actually lessens d amt of plastic bag waste….

we need 2stop pollution fr plastics……

a friend from d phil. pollution prevention roundtable (p3r) 4warded a plastic bottles ppt. 2view it, click on d link bellow:

bottled water



  1. September 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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  2. Carlo Garcia said,

    April 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Any idea who could be the supplier of the biodegradable plastic of SM? Thanks!

    • Eric Raymundo said,

      April 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      no idea sir!

  3. Danila Lincod said,

    May 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm


    I’m a student from a school organization that aims to discover, develop and promote the science behind environmental issues. We are in search for information and experts to help us learn about various topics like Styrofoams, energy conservation, proper waste management. And in line with that, I would like to ask if you have any one who can help us know and explore the facts behind these issues, we are more than grateful to know. Thank You so much!


    • Eric Raymundo said,

      May 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

      wat school r u from? wat level/course? f ur fr manila den i can give a talk in ur school f time permits, if not den just surf d web…der r tons of info der….just don’t take dem all seriously….

  4. Collins Pt. said,

    August 24, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Biodegradable plastic and packaging is a modern necessity for our ever-endangered environment.
    Now PLA has been used to line the indoors of Paper Cups in place of the oil based lining additional usually used, create Plastic Cups, Plates, Carrier Bags, Food Packaging and even Nappies.
    Eco Pure is our proprietary blend of organic materials that does not modify the base resin to which it is added.

    Thanks a lot for your information

    • Eric Raymundo said,

      August 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

      is eco-pure already available in d phils.? plastics photo-degrade into smaller pieces in d ocean dat can be eaten by sea creatures… d future, we can eat fish w/ minute plastic diet….hmmmmm…is eco-pure completely biodegradable?

  5. MARY ANN BRANT said,

    April 1, 2010 at 3:46 am

    May I have permission to use this photo for a campaign to bring awareness to our community of Juneau, AK
    Thank you
    Mary Ann

    • Eric Raymundo said,

      April 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm

      i just got d image fr somewhere & already 4got about it….i’ll replace d picture once i get a chance 2take a similar picture of plastic garbage.

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