Rappler's latest stories on plastic pollution
'We cannot avoid using plastic, but we have to manage,' says San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago
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
The Race for Water Foundation is organizing school visits and workshops to educate different individuals and organizations on the global plastic pollution challenge
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
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?
This garden of 30,000 'tulips' might be Basilan's next most Instagrammable spot
7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key
Participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit say the plastics problem in the country must also be treated as a social and economic issue
The campaign aims to engage the government, corporations, and communities in finding solutions to our plastic waste problem
Snapshots of the zero waste movement in the Philippines
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
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'
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
Residents of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental say the sea turtle excreted plastics
G20 member countries commit to reduce plastic waste but gave little detail on how that would be done
(UPDATED) Straws, plastic bags, cutlery, plates and stir sticks would be among the items banned, a government statement says
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'
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.
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
The ‘wala usik’ (zero waste) canteen uses mugs made from bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves
'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
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
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
A study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports concludes that global plastic waste surveys 'have drastically underestimated the scale of debris accumulation'
The government's cleanup program makes it easier to convince the public to adapt environmentally-friendly habits
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
Amid the government's ongoing rehabilitation activities in Manila Bay and its tributaries, the World Bank is stepping in to help as well
Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN
'We cannot recycle our way out of this problem,' says Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace Philippines
'This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,' says American biologist Darrell Blatchley
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
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
The report finds that where local-level plastic bag bans have been put in place and rigorously enforced, usage has dropped dramatically
'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
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
Our analyses suggest that a turtle has a 22% chance of dying if it eats just one piece of plastic
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
The world is producing 400 million tons of plastics every year, mostly packaging discarded after just one use
Are these tiny pieces of plastic damaging our bodies?
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
'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
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
World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'
'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
In San Fernando, Pampanga, schools and the youth play a huge part in implementing zero waste
More than 9 1 billion tons 8 3 metric tons of it have been produced on Earth with most dumped into landfills or the oceans
The floating barrier uses currents to passively ensnare waves of garbage – while allowing fish and other sea creatures through
China Indonesia the Philippines Thailand and Vietnam are responsible for more than half of all plastic waste in the ocean
Irresponsible garbage hauling companies and the presence of open dump sites near rivers are two reasons why the Philippines is among the world s top ocean polluters according to a new study
But environmentalists say it s a greenwashing scheme that will only perpetuate the use of plastic bags which pollute water bodies and contribute to flooding in the metro