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Remote island beach plastics point to greater waste problem

May 17, 2019 - 12:02 AM

A study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports concludes that global plastic waste surveys 'have drastically underestimated the scale of debris accumulation'

POLLUTION. This undated handout photo released by the University of Tasmania shows debris on a beach on Cocos Islands. AFP PHOTO / UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA/ JENNIFER LAVERS

LOOK: Albay supermarket uses banana leaves, abaca instead of plastic

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A supermarket in Legazpi City, Albay, goes for eco-friendly alternatives to wrap fresh produce

Single-use plastics, still the environment's number 1 enemy

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The government's cleanup program makes it easier to convince the public to adapt environmentally-friendly habits

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Southeast Asia became dumping ground for plastic waste – study

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives' report says plastic waste from highly-industrialized nations are rerouted to developing countries after China's 2018 ban on plastic waste imports and processing

PLASTIC IN THE SEA. Several sachets of toothpaste, shampoo, coffee and food seasoning, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and generic plastic bags pollute the area along the Verde Island Passage on March 7, 2019. Photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

World Bank to aid Philippines in fight against plastic

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Amid the government's ongoing rehabilitation activities in Manila Bay and its tributaries, the World Bank is stepping in to help as well

PLASTIC IN THE SEA. Several sachets of toothpaste, shampoo, coffee and food seasoning, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and generic plastic bags pollute the area along the Verde Island Passage on March 7, 2019. Photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN

In this picture taken on November 7, 2018, a woman packs her shopping into a plastic bag in a supermarket in Chiba. From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. Martin BUREAU / AFP

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

'Drastic solutions' needed to fight plastic pollution – groups

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'We cannot recycle our way out of this problem,' says Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace Philippines

A week before the meeting of the UN Environment Assembly meeting , members of the Mother Earth Foundation segregate plastics form its kind at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Year's worth of plastic use in the Philippines can cover Metro Manila 1 foot deep of plastic waste said Mother Earth in their latest report revealed during press conference on stop "Producing" single-use plastics. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dead whale in Compostela Valley had 40 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:58 PM

'This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,' says American biologist Darrell Blatchley

DEATH BY PLASTIC. Authorities conduct a necropsy on a dead Cuvier's beaked whale in Mabini, Compostela Valley. Photo from D'Bone Collector Museum's  Facebook page

'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin, Lagos to London are emptied as ambitious organizers of the student strike hope to stage 1,000 demos in more than 100 countries

'NO PLANET B.' Youths demonstrate with banners and placards and a figure depicting young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holding two representatives of her parents' generation and reading 'Do something against the climate disaster!' during the 'Fridays For Future' movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change on March 15, 2019 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Nations agree 'significant' plastic cuts

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) The final ministerial statement – issued on a day of youth protests against climate change – makes only two references to man-made global warming and none to the fossil fuels that drive it

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LOOK: Crab trapped in #PlasticMonster goes viral

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Diving in waters around Caban Island for the Greenpeace #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign, Noel Guevara captures a photo of a crab trapped in a single-use plastic cup

SNAGGED. A crab floats inside a plastic cup along the Verde Island Passage on March 7. Photo courtesy of Noel Guevara.

Philippine survey shows 'shocking' plastic waste

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The report finds that where local-level plastic bag bans have been put in place and rigorously enforced, usage has dropped dramatically

Rainbow Warrior emphasizes role of corporations in plastic pollution crisis

Mar 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

'In the analysis of the problem, it's not pointed out: What is the role of the corporations? It's always the individuals, it's always the government, not the source,' says Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines campaigner Abigail Aguilar

PLASTIC MONSTER. A Greenpeace volunteer ties up used plastic that the eco-warriors had harvested during their "waste audit" for an art installation which will be used for this year's tour. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Volume of Baguio plastic wastes down 1 year after ban

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:40 PM

However, there has been an increase in the use of other kinds of residual refuse, like paper materials, which have been used as replacement for plastic

Mimaropa council urges LGUs, businesses: Ban plastics, balloon releases

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Advocates of the policy hope local governments would pass ordinances to enforce the ban

Nepal attempts record with a Dead Sea of plastic bags

Dec 05, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Young Nepalis create a map of the Dead Sea with used plastic bags in a bid to set a new international record and raise awareness about the vast volumes polluting the world's oceans

DEAD SEA. A Nepali volunteer ties up recycled plastic bags to make a sculpture shaped like the Dead Sea to set a new world record for the largest sculpture made out of recycled plastic bags, in Kathmandu on December 5, 2018. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Single-use plastic ban in Mimaropa proposed

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The resolution will be endorsed for approval by the Mimaropa Regional Development Council on December 6

El Nido's ban on plastic bottles now in effect

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A move that begun on September 1 tasks all those going to El Nido with surrendering their single-use plastic bottles, plastic bags, and others before boarding their boats

PLASTIC BAN. Mayor Nieves Cabunalda-Rosendo speaking with NGO heads about the environment plans of the town. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

How much plastic does it take to kill a turtle? Typically just 14 pieces

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Our analyses suggest that a turtle has a 22% chance of dying if it eats just one piece of plastic

FATAL FOOD. Plastic bags, balloons, and rope fragments were among more than 100 pieces of plastic in the gut of a single turtle. Qamar Schuyler, Author provided

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

WATCH: What can you do about plastic pollution

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The world is producing 400 million tons of plastics every year, mostly packaging discarded after just one use

Pope Francis urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The Pope also says that access 'to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right' and deplored that for many it was 'difficult if not impossible'

PAPAL MESSAGE. In this file photo, Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

A zero waste lifestyle: How have other people done it?

Aug 26, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Two organizations get together to hold a workshop on discussion of a zero-waste lifestyle

Local gov't to ban single-use plastics when Boracay reopens

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Sa mga bisita sa Boracay, magdala na kayo ng sariling straw dahil bawal ang single-use plastic. Bawal na rin ang plastic bags at styrofoams sa isla,' says Sangguniang Bayan member Maylynn Aguirre Graf

BANNED. Single-use plastics will now be banned in Boracay Island. File photo of Boracay by Angie de Silva/Rappler

We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Are these tiny pieces of plastic damaging our bodies?

MICROPLASTICS. Microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea. By Dirk Wahn/shutterstock.com

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We're phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation,' says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

8 U.S. states craft Trump lawsuit on 3D-printed guns

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Democratic Party attorney generals of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia join the petition, to be filed in federal court

3D-PRINTED GUNS. A Liberator pistol appears on July 11, 2013 next to the 3D printer on which its components were made. File photo by Robert MacPherson/AFP

Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay – for now

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:44 AM

Greenpeace says some 12 million tons per year of plastic, mostly in the form of single-use packaging, are dumped into the world's oceans, creating an ecological nightmare

PLASTIC TRASH. File photo taken on May 19, 2018 shows a stuffed toy of the Sesame Street character "Elmo" surrounded by plastic waste on a beach on the Freedom island critical habitat and ecotourism area near Manila. Photo by  Noel Celis/AFP

Cebu City to ban single-use plastics, styrofoam at city hall

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'We will practice what we preach. Stricter even,' Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña says about the ban, which will begin on August 1

No more plastic bags in San Carlos City

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

If they can do it, other cities surely can, too

Tobaccos wrapped in paper material are sold by bulks.Photo by Claudia Gancayco

'Bag rage' as Australia supermarkets impose plastic ban

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:44 PM

Woolworths and Coles plans to voluntarily remove free lightweight plastic bags from their stores nationally and instead offer more environmentally friendly reusable bags

PLASTIC WAR. A sign, seen in a Coles supermarket, advises its customers of its plastic bag free in Sydney on July 2, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

War on plastic leaves manufacturers grasping at straws

Jul 01, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Activists continue to pressure countries and businesses to deserting plastic straws. It's working.

STRICT RULES. Crackdown on plastic moves forward in some countries. Photo from Shutterstock

Forest rangers of Freedom Island fight losing battle vs plastic pollution

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Because of the immense volume of plastic trash in Manila Bay, forest rangers of Freedom Island and Long Islang in Parañaque say coastal cleanups are not enough

PLASTIC EVERYWHERE. Coastal cleanups are not enough to save Freedom and Long Islands in Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Last straw for McDonald's, Burger King as Mumbai bans single-use plastics

Jun 26, 2018 - 9:28 PM

The rules prohibit the use of disposable plastic items such as bags, cutlery, cups and bottles under a certain size in Mumbai

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How the fight vs plastic pollution can begin in the classroom

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We like to start with the children so it'll be embedded in their minds already,' says World Wide Fund environment officer Kimberly Anne Marcelo

Mediterranean could become a 'sea of plastic' – WWF

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The WWF says the Mediterranean has record levels of 'micro-plastics,' the tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters in size which can be found increasingly in the food chain posing a threat to human health

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:02 PM

World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'

Plastic Battle's plea: Ditch single-use bottles, go for refills

Jun 03, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The Plastic Battle campaign convinces businesses to let people refill reusable bottles for a fee or for free, in a bid to eliminate single-use plastic bottles that contribute to pollution

Multinationals are top plastic polluters in the Philippines – report

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'It's time we hold these companies accountable. They cannot continue raking in money and then passing on the responsibility and costs of cleaning their mess to cities and Filipino taxpayers,' says environmentalist Froilan Grate

EU proposes ban on straws, other single-use plastics

May 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The proposals call for banning banning plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks

BAN THE STRAW. A picture taken on May 24, 2018 in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany shows a woman drinking with a plastic straw. Photo by Patrick Pleul / dpa / AFP

Waste waters: Plastic trash chokes Bali's sea

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:29 PM

An underwater video shot by British diver Rich Horner this week showing a sea overflowing with plastic and other garbage at Manta Point, a well-known diving site near Bali's main island, highlights trouble in paradise

TRASH IN THE WATER. A screenshot of Rich Horner's video showing trash in the waters of Bali. Screenshot from YouTube.

11 billion pieces of plastic bring disease threat to coral reefs

Jan 29, 2018 - 3:12 PM

[The Conversation] A study reveals another significant threat to the world’s corals and the ecosystems and livelihoods they support

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

4 tough actions that would help fight the global plastic crisis

Jan 11, 2018 - 4:05 PM

[The Conversation] We cannot simply rely on the actions of concerned individuals

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

Youth involvement is San Fernando's secret in achieving zero waste

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

In San Fernando, Pampanga, schools and the youth play a huge part in implementing zero waste

'Very strong lobby' vs cosmetic surgery tax in bicam, says Drilon

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:49 PM

The bicameral conference committee on the proposed tax reform bill is yet to finalize the issue, which is only present in the Senate version

El Nido to ban plastics

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:25 AM

El Nido authorities say they will strictly implement its existing ordinance banning the use of plastics, in keeping with the town's status as a protected area

PLASTIC HAUL. The El Nido ordinance aims to reduce plastic garbage in the town. This file photo shows trash collected in a clean-up drive. Coastal cleanup photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Trudeau hit for Canada garbage in PH

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:34 PM

'PM Trudeau, clean as you go. Take your garbage with you!' says a critic ahead of the ASEAN Summit, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticized by environmental groups over the export of Canada's garbage to the Philippines from 2013 to 2014. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

The fairest of them all: What you need to know about skin whitening

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:45 PM

A look into the world of whitening products and procedures

The nose knows: all about rhinoplasty

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:00 PM

A plastic surgeon and a patient tell us all about this controversial procedure