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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

[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

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

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

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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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.

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

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

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

'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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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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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