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‘Alon!’ the upcoming Benilde exhibit features surfers from six surfing camps located north to south of the country holding in their hands the scourge of our beaches, rivers, and oceans – plastic. Distributed everywhere as product packaging, it is non-biodegradable, kills fish and marine animals, chokes and pollutes our waters, all in the name of convenience. We have to acknowledge the plastic problem and our addiction and dependence on it for only then, as consumers can we take action and commit to less plastics in our life.

40% of the plastic trash in the world are from SUPs – single use plastics, the packaging of products we regularly patronise and use for seconds and discard which then remains in the earth for 400 plus years. It is a staggering and shocking fact yet the multinationals keep producing it and plan to increase production in the years to come. We have to admit that we see the trash everywhere yet have remained indifferent. It is time to act and refuse products packaged in plastic and say no to SUPs, a conscious shift from consumer habits foisted on us by big business. This change demands sacrifice but by not buying their wares we will send the message across: we choose Planet over Plastic! #saynotoplastic#benildecampusart #schoolofdesignandarts #alonbenilde2019

For more information, follow Center for Campus Art, De La Salle, College of Saint Benilde & Ocean Care Movement on their Facebook page and Instagram account

Photography: Luis Manere

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