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Japan begins charging for plastic bags

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Japan produces more plastic packaging waste per capita than any nation apart from the United States, according to the UN

PLASTIC OUT. A blue recycle rubbish bin, garbage can overflowing with plastic pet bottle in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Shutterstock.com

Plastic 'has entered' Antarctic terrestrial food chain

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:42 AM

The authors believe Antarctic creatures eat plastic fragments while grazing on their usual food

NEW TAX? Lawmakers want to impose a P20 per kilo tax on single-use plastic bags. Photo from Shutterstock

Going zero waste during a pandemic? These advocates say it's possible

Apr 23, 2020 - 1:50 PM

While it may seem hard, environmental advocates say people can lessen the waste they produce daily even during the coronavirus pandemic

ZERO WASTE. One way that people can try to lessen the waste in their daily lifestyles is to wear reusable masks instead of disposable ones during this pandemic. Photo from Shutterstock

TIPS: How to stay sustainable during the coronavirus pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:06 AM

You can do you part in helping Mother Earth despite the lockdown

look:Vendors at the public market of baguio city sell fresh highland vegetables, which come in bulk despite the difficulty in transporting the goods to the lowland markets. The department of agriculture however assured unhampered flow of vegetables by issuing food passes to traders. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[OPINION] The Pope and single-use plastics

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it

#WorldWithoutWaste: Coca-Cola’s mission to make the world a sustainable place to live in

Mar 04, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The company is starting in their own backyard – by reducing their plastic waste

Villar says banning single-use plastics may be 'impossible'

Feb 18, 2020 - 4:10 PM

The plastic industry resists banning single-use plastics even as environmental group EcoWaste points out that it's the solution to plastic pollution

REGULATION FEASIBLE. Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, presides the Senate hearing on single-use plastics. February 18, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Environmental documentary 'The Story of Plastic' explores a global crisis

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:41 PM

'The Story of Plastic' hopes to help the audience have a better idea about the gravity of the plastic pollution crisis, as well as some insight into workable solutions

Screenshot from 'Story of Plastic'

Bangladesh court orders government to ban single-use plastics

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Pollution from single-use plastics is a major problem in Bangladesh, where nearly 170 million people live in a tiny sliver of low-lying land crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and tributaries

SINGLE-USE. A laborer arranges plastic bags used to carry industrial chemicals to dry next to the Buriganga river in Dhaka on November 21, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Thai retailers ban single-use plastic bags

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:12 AM

Several mall operators and convenience stores in Thailand ban single-use plastic bags and will instead see customers paying a small fee for a reusable bag made of a cloth-like fabric

Employees carry banners informing customers about the ban on free single-use plastic bags at a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on January 2, 2020. Thai retailers kicked off 2020 with a ban on free plastic bags to customers, as an environment group on January 2 said the move would merely act as a temporary salve to Thailand's "throw-away culture" and plastic crisis. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

[EDITORIAL] 2019's lesson for 2020: There will be pushback

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:30 AM

From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'

[OPINION] Plastikang polisiya

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Nakalulungkot na tayong nagrereklamo tungkol sa lumalalang basura ay siya ring nagpaplastikan sa implementasyon ng polisiyang makakalutas sana sa nasabing problema

Coke Studio continues to advocate for environmental protection

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:38 AM

They aim to educate the youth on the importance of recycling in each concert and roadshow event organized

Sprite® switches to clear plastic bottle packaging to promote sustainability

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The switch from green to clear plastic bottle packaging is an industry-first sustainability initiative in Southeast Asia

Bangladesh plastics factory blaze kills 13

Dec 12, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Police say some 150 people were working in the tin-shed ground floor factory when a fire broke out with a loud bang in one of the rooms

Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic

Dec 12, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Researchers in Singapore say they have converted plastic into "formic acid", which can be used in power plants to generate electricity, by using a catalyst which neither damages the environment nor costs a lot of money

House panel OKs P20 per kilo tax on single-use plastic bags starting 2020

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The proposed excise tax is expected to generate P4.8 billion on its first year of implementation to fund the government's solid waste management efforts

NEW TAX? Lawmakers want to impose a tax on single-use plastics in the Philippines. Photo by Shutterstock

Dead deer found in Thailand with 7 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The Southeast Asian country is one of the world's largest consumers of plastic, with Thais using up to 3,000 single-use plastic bags each per year, whether for wrapping street food, takeaway coffee or packing groceries.

In this handout photo released by the Office of Protected Area Region 13 on November 26, 2019 and taken on November 25, veterinarians prepare to examine a dead deer at Khun Sathan National Park in Thailand's Nan province. A wild deer was found dead after swallowing 7 kilograms (15 pounds) of plastic bags and other trash in Thailand, an official said November 26, raising the alarm on waste littering the country's waters and forests. Handout / Office of Protected Area Region 13 / AFP

LIST: Zero-waste initiatives in the Philippines

Nov 23, 2019 - 2:13 PM

How will you practice a zero-waste lifestyle? Here's a running list of zero-waste initiatives that you can be a part of.

Easier said than done? Netizens discuss Duterte’s idea to ban single-use plastics

Nov 08, 2019 - 4:29 PM

‘That is good, if he decides to be serious about it,’ one netizen writes

Duterte eyes single-use plastics ban

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte floats the idea during a Cabinet meeting, but is still deciding which alternative materials can be used in place of single-use plastics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan retailers to charge for plastic bags from 2020

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The move brings Japan in line with many other countries that have already adopted the environmentally friendly measure, but it will only come into effect in July 2020

#ManyWaystoZeroWaste movement

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:25 PM

#ManyWaystoZeroWaste is a movement pushing for responsible ways to use reduce plastic

The journey of plastics: From production to our bodies

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:28 PM

This is how plastics make their way into our food chain

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Sachet away: What's lacking in our plastic laws?

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The Philippines needs to catch up where regulating plastic use is concerned

Philippine city shows zero waste is achievable

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'We cannot avoid using plastic, but we have to manage,' says San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago

CLOSE TO ZERO WASTE. San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago shares how his city drastically reduced residual waste. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Ocean plastic waste probably comes from ships, report says

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:40 PM

A study offers fresh evidence that the vast garbage patches floating in the middle of oceans are mostly the result of merchant marine vessels tossing their waste overboard by the ton

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IN PHOTOS: Race for Water Odyssey visits Puerto Princesa

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Race for Water Foundation is organizing school visits and workshops to educate different individuals and organizations on the global plastic pollution challenge

Race for Water Odyssey visits Puerto Princesa for school visits, workshops, September 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#2030Now: Refilling stations emerge as best solution to plastic pollution

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The winning group proposes to turn sari-sari stores into refilling stations and exchange sachets for coins to address the country’s plastic waste at the 2019 Social Good Summit

Sari-sari store conundrum: How can you help poor Filipinos reduce plastic waste?

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:35 PM

While use of refillables and package-free purchasing is becoming trendy among the wealthy, what do we do about the 'tingi' and sari-sari store culture among most Filipinos that contribute to plastic waste?

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Lamitan City turns trash into 'tulips' in 'Forever Tulip Garden'

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:05 PM

This garden of 30,000 'tulips' might be Basilan's next most Instagrammable spot

[EDITORIAL] Leksyon ng SGS: Lifestyle change ang simula

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:22 AM

7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key

#2030Now: Plastic pollution not just an environment problem

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit say the plastics problem in the country must also be treated as a social and economic issue

Rappler pushes for responsible use of plastic with #ManyWaysToZeroWaste movement

Sep 13, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The campaign aims to engage the government, corporations, and communities in finding solutions to our plastic waste problem

How going zero waste is addressing PH's plastic pollution

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Snapshots of the zero waste movement in the Philippines

WWF’s mission in 2030: ‘No Plastics in Nature’

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Independent conservation group World Wide Fund is working together with various stakeholders to reduce plastic pollution

Air India to stop using single-use plastic on flights

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Meanwhile, the government is expected to launch a national campaign in mid-September through 3 phases – an awareness drive, the collection of single-use plastics, and its recycling

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Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel's passion for plastic

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

A June report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranks Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and southern Turkey

A plastic cup left behind by beachgoers is pictured on the sand on a beach in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 21, 2019. A report in June 2019 by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranked Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and Turkey’s Cilicia region.  JACK GUEZ / AFP

Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now – WHO

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The World Health Organization says: 'We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere – including in our drinking water'

Image via Shutterstock

Beloved baby dugong 'Mariam' dies in Thailand with plastic in stomach

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:00 PM

One comment online says: 'It's a pity for those who fed her milk and collected sea grass for their little daughter that we have to lose Mariam because of plastic waste'

(FILES) This file picture taken on May 24, 2019 shows Mariam the dugong as she is cared for by park officials and veterinarians from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre on Libong island, Trang province in southern Thailand. A sick baby dugong whose fight for recovery won hearts in Thailand and cast a spotlight on ocean conservation died from an infection quickened by bits of plastic lining her stomach, officials said on August 17, 2019.   Sirachai ARUNRUGSTICHAI / AFP

Could Mexico cactus solve world's plastics problem?

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:43 AM

A packaging material that is made from the plant has been developed by a Mexican researcher and is offering a promising solution to one of the world's biggest pollution conundrums

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Swap trash for tickets on Indonesia's 'plastic bus'

Aug 09, 2019 - 12:40 PM

An hour-long bus ride with unlimited stops costs 3 large bottles, 5 medium bottles or 10 plastic cups. But they must be cleaned and cannot be squashed.

This picture taken on July 21, 2019 shows a bus conductor collecting used plastic bottles as fare payment on board a Suroboyo bus in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. - Indonesia is the world's second-biggest marine polluter behind China and has pledged to reduce plastic waste in its waters some 70 percent by 2025 by boosting recycling, raising public awareness, and curbing usage. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-plastic,FEATURE by Harry PEARL

U.S. waste driving global garbage glut – study

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Data on the combined solid, plastic, food and hazardous waste of 194 countries shows that the world now produces an average of 2.1 billion tons of trash each year – enough to fill more than 820,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'New Zealanders are proud of our country's clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it,' says Environment Minister Eugenie Sage

DISPOSABLE. New Zealand has banned single-use plastic bag beginnning July 1, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Can you make every day Earth Day?

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

When I decided to be a lawyer, I wanted to uphold truth and justice at all costs, working hard to fight not only for my countrymen and the motherland, but for Mother Nature as well.

In this store, you can trade plastic trash for food and clothing

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Plastic Barter store aims to help solve Cebu City’s plastics problem and provide jobs to former prisoners and dumpsite dwellers

Sea turtle found dead in Negros Occidental

Jun 27, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Residents of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental say the sea turtle excreted plastics

SAD DISCOVERY. Residents found this dead sea turtle along the shores of Barangay Poblacion in Valladolid, Negros Occidental on June 24, 2019. Photo courtesy of Bill KratzerÂ

Among world's worst polluters, ASEAN vows to tackle ocean waste

Jun 22, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to sign a 'Bangkok Declaration' on fighting maritime waste – a first of its kind – which promises to 'prevent and significantly reduce marine debris'

PLASTIC USE. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations vow to do something about ocean waste. Image from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Paper vs plastic: The right choice might not be what you think

Jun 20, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Could plastic bags actually be better for the environment than paper ones?

G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:47 PM

G20 member countries commit to reduce plastic waste but gave little detail on how that would be done