The southern city of Lamitan in the Philippines has turned discarded plastic bottles into tulips in a garden of thousands of colourful flowers, capturing tourists’ attention and building awareness about recycling.
Tulip garden in the Philippines (Photo: Richard Falcatan)
The tulip garden was built from 26,877 bottles collected from 45 villages around the city in Basilan island province of the country.
Plastic bottles were cut into the shape of tulips and painted with various colours, while others were blended into sand and cement and used to make pathways in the garden, which opened on September 23.
The Philippines is a major source of ocean plastics and only a small amount of its waste is recycled.
Plastic bottles make up a large chunk of waste in Lamitan, and turning them into a tourist attraction can help combat plastic pollution, said the city’s authorities.
Basilan is among the Philippines’ poorest provinces./. VNA