School Earns Praise for Eco-Friendly Canteen with Native Utensils, Green Design

With Earth being our only home, with no other options available, it is important to make sure it continues to be a planet thriving with life. But humans are doing the opposite with the many things we are doing that endanger the environment and shorten the life of many animals on the planet.

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Recently, a school earned praise for its advocacy as it features an eco-friendly canteen with green design and native utensils for everyone to use.

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

With a building made from recycled wood, bamboo sheets, and sawali, the school canteen at Papatahan Integrated National High School in Paete, Laguna, impressed netizens after it was revealed that the utensils, tableware, and various cutlery inside the facility are all made from native materials.

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Aside from having a native ambience, the place truly features stuff made from Mother Nature. The food is displayed on baskets lined with banana leaves. The trays used as plates are also made from woven material similar to that used in the baskets; these are also lined with banana leaves for easy clean up.

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Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

Instead of plastic spoons and forks, wooden utensils are provided for the students. These are made from coconut shells with bamboo handles.

What’s so impressive about this school canteen is that even the drinking glasses aren’t made of synthetic materials; instead, these are created from bamboo poles cut to size! Soup bowls are made from coconut shells.

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

This environment-friendly canteen does not promote the use of plastic straws; instead, natural straws are provided for the students to use.

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

While eating on banana leaves and using these native utensils might take some time to get used to, what’s important is that the school has made steps to teach the kids how to save the Earth.

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

Photo credit: News5 – Rolly Caidic, Nino Bayanay, Ro Ann Bucayu / Facebook

It might be difficult at first but the kids in the photos look like they have gotten used to these utensils and actually enjoying the novelty of using these native tableware!

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