Club C goes plastic-free

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Posted on Aug 15 2019
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Starting today, Club C take-out will use biodegradable straws, cups, take-out boxes, and paper bags. (Bea Cabrera)

Club C is no longer just about responsible gaming. Now it is also about being environmentally responsible.

Believing that long-term sustainability dictates being plastic-free and eco-friendly, Club C Gaming & Entertainment will be using biodegradable straws, cups, take-out boxes, and paper bags starting today, Aug. 15.

According to Club C Food & Beverage manager Anita Go, “We live on an island surrounded by water and this is our home. …The responsibility to protect the environment like the reefs, marine life, and the ocean rests upon us.”

From left: Club C accounting manager Evelyn Almine, HR manager Maggie Mendiola, Food & Beverage manager Anita Go, and IT Supervisor Shane Pascual. “Both management and staff support Club C going eco-friendly,” Go said. (Bea Cabrera)

“From today onwards, our take-out boxes will no longer be made out of Styrofoam and plastic. …We don’t want to keep hurting the environment and promoting something that should not be done…,” she added.

Go said the Club C management and staff are aware of the harmful effects of using plastics, especially when they end up in the ocean. “It breaks my heart to see garbage on the beach left behind by people [who] don’t care about the environment. …I have a diver friend and one time he picked up a shrunken Styrofoam cup underwater. These things don’t melt and what happens when the fish eat them and we end up eating that fish?”

She pointed out that many establishments on Saipan are going eco-friendly and, since Club C is a part of the CNMI community, “we felt that we should also do our part. We are the first gaming venue on Saipan that went green.”

According to data, there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean, with the number continuing to grow every day. Plastic pollution is suffocating the ocean and the marine and non-marine animals that call it home.

Club C gets its biodegradable straws, cups, take-out boxes, and paper bags from Guam.

“It is a bit expensive but for the cause that we want to [support], it is worth it and, in the long run, they’re less expensive.”
Go said that Club C’s second goal is to create awareness and for people to get used to the practice. “We hope to ingrain in the community the practice of taking care of the environment,” she said. “We also see no problem if customers decide to bring their own [food] containers.”

Club C is also a smoke-free facility.

Bea Cabrera
Bea Cabrera, who holds a law degree, also has a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She has been exposed to multiple aspects of mass media, doing sales, marketing, copywriting, and photography.
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