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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

#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'

[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'

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

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

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

#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

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'

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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

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

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

Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) Straws, plastic bags, cutlery, plates and stir sticks would be among the items banned, a government statement says

Coca-Cola to invest in P1-billion recycling facility in the Philippines

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Coca-Cola's bottling arm in the Philippines says it recognizes that 'there is a packaging waste problem in the world today,' and it wants to be 'part of the solution for the long haul'

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

LOOK: Zamboanga del Sur town upcycles election tarps into school bags

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Repurposing discarded election materials is not a new initiative for the local government of Dumalinao. Before they made school bags using tarpaulins, they also turned election tarps into ecobags following the 2016 elections.

DREAM BIG. In Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, tarpaulins are being upcycled into school bags decorated with inspirational quotes. Photo by Dumalinao LGU

As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

As one Asian country after another shuts the door on scrap exports, it is becoming increasingly clear that business as usual will not solve the plastic pollution challenge

NO TRASH ALLOWED. Environment activists stage a protest against the entry of trash from rich countries into the Philippines on May 21, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Negros Occidental school opens plastic-free canteen

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The ‘wala usik’ (zero waste) canteen uses mugs made from bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY. Students of Bulata National High School use mugs made from indigenous materials to reduce plastic waste. Photo courtesy of PRRCFI

Humans consume 'tens of thousands' of plastic pieces each year

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'The most effective way to reduce human consumption of microplastics will likely be to reduce the production and use of plastics,' authors of a recent study say

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Hospitals urged to reduce plastic waste

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:50 PM

International NGO Health Care Without Harm wants to influence hospitals to reduce plastic use and help local government units craft better policies that can also guide hospitals

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Japan unveils policy to curb plastic waste before G20

May 31, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Japan hopes to cast itself as a leader on curbing marine plastic waste, and will reportedly press for an international agreement to reduce the amount of plastic going into the ocean during the Osaka summit from June 28 to 30

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

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

'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

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.