As part of SM's environmental campaign awareness, the Trash to Crafts exhibit was launched recently and will run until June 8, 2010 at the mall's Northwing Atrium. 

The event officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, chair of Bacolod-Negros Earth Day Convenors, Mr. Jesse Vego, head of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Ms. Kathleen Trebol, marketing manager of the Association of Negros Producers, and Mr. Danny Chavez, SM Asst. Vice President for Operations in the Visayas Region. 

Showcasing their ingenuity in converting trash into crafts are the Bacolod Showroom's Tumandok Crafts, Reycon's and Papel Handicrafts, West Negros University, Sagay City and San Carlos City. 

Part of the program during the launch was the sharing of best practices in which Ms. Michelle Dumdum, administrative assistant of the city's Waste Management Office, presented San Carlos City's Solid Waste Management Program. The city was awarded the "Zero Basura Olympics" trophy for its implementation of the best and efficient solid waste management programs under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Moreover, Jay Costanilla, also from San Carlos City, made a demo on how to create accessories out of old papers.

Ms. Alex Anuales of Crafted Fantasies and a member of the Association of Negros Producers decorated used egg tray with her polymer clay trinkets that made it into an accessories vase while Ms. Nikki Seva validated that, indeed, old and used DVDs can still be used for crafts.

Engr. Paolo Petalver of West Negros University also showcased his lamps and stoves invention out of PET bottles and aluminum cans.  

Meanwhile, the SM Recycling Market has become a regular activity every first Friday and Saturday of the month at SM City Bacolod. The public may bring and sell their junks from 8AM-2PM tomorrow (Saturday) at the mall's North Transport Terminal. 

SM, through its various environment programs, aims to continuously drive positive change toward more sustainable practices and stronger ties with communities where SM malls operate. 

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