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Transforming plastic waste into paving stones

(Impact Journalism Day) Established by a young student from Morocco, Zelij manufactures pavers made from discarded plastic, cement and mixed sand......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 15th, 2018

Microplastics are getting into mosquitoes and contaminating new food chains

There is no doubt that plastic pollution in oceans is a growing worldwide problem . The internet is full of images of seabirds and other marine animals entangled in plastic waste , and animals starve because their guts are blocked with plastic bags . But the problem goes much deeper than this. Much plastic pollution is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

The problem with plastics: stopping it at the source

AT A GLANCE Aside from government compliance with solid waste management laws, Greenpeace identifies corporate accountability as a roadblock to eliminating plastic waste. Corporations are working on developing alternatives to plastic and have programs to reuse old packaging after they’ve served their original purpose. Trying to live a zero-waste lifestyle is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

QC launches Waste Market program

THE Quezon City Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) launched a new recycling campaign to combat the use of single-use plastics at the city hall compound, dubbed as Waste Market Program. City hall employees and nearby residents can trade a kilo of single-use plastic bottles to a reusable water bottle at the Materials Recovery… link: QC launches Waste Market program.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Pope Francis urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday, September 1, issued a call to clear up oceans threatened by  plastic waste and underscored the need to provide drinking water to all as a basic right. "We cannot allow our seas and oceans to be littered by endless fields of floating plastic," the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

140 sacks of foreign plastic trash collected from El Nido lagoon

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- At least 140 sacks of mainly plastic waste, washed up from other countries on a famous lagoon in El Nido, were collected by volunteers on Saturday. The trash was mostly plas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

On Thai island, hotel guests check out of plastic waste

BANGKOK — For the millions of sun seekers who head to Thailand’s resort island of Phuket each year in search of stunning beaches and clear waters, cutting down on waste may not be a top priority. But the island’s hotel association is hoping to change that with a series of initiatives aimed at reducing the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Cebu Pacific shifts to recyclable, eco-friendly utensils for all flights

LEADING Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific will replace non-recyclable plastic spoons, forks, stirrers and cups with sustainable alternatives on all its domestic and international flights starting October 1, 2018. The shift to eco-friendly utensils for in-flight meals and refreshments is part of initiatives by Cebu Pacific to push for sustainability and reduction of in-flight waste and […] The post Cebu Pacific shifts to recyclable, eco-friendly utensils for all flights appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Syrian girl born without legs gets new prosthetics in Turkey

ISTANBUL --- The 8-year-old Syrian girl, quietly crying in an Istanbul clinic, was overwhelmed by the new set of prosthetic legs she had just received and taken aback by the cameras pointed at her by journalists attending the fitting. Maya Meri has been in the spotlight since images of her plight hit social media last month. She was filmed in a camp for the displaced in Syria's northwestern Idlib province walking around on contraptions her father made from tuna cans, plastic tubes and fabric. "I thought of doing something that would protect her while on the ground from stones and other things, so I made these limbs for her," said her father, Mohammed. Maya was born without l...Keep on reading: Syrian girl born without legs gets new prosthetics in Turkey.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars

  SEATTLE --- Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It's no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants.   Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won't be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday.   Seattle is believed to be the first major US city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to Seattle Public Utilities. The eco-conscious city has been an environmental leader in the US, working to aggressively curb the amount of trash that goes into landfills by requiring more option...Keep on reading: Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

400 e-waste containers abandoned at Thailand ports

BANGKOK --- About 400 cargo containers full of electronic waste, plastic scrap and discarded metal have been left unclaimed at Thailand's two major ports as authorities crack down on illegal e-waste handling. If they are not claimed within the next 15 days, the Customs Department will either dispose of them or send them back to their point of departure. Most of them come from the United States, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. "Importers have already failed to claim these containers within the 30-day timeframe but we will give them 15 more days," Customs Department spokesman Chaiyut Kumkun said yesterday. He said the next normal step would be to inform the export trans...Keep on reading: 400 e-waste containers abandoned at Thailand ports.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

What the award-winning dead whale installation art says about the Philippines’ pollution problem

Photos of the grisly installation art depicting a dead whale with a mouth full of plastic waste went viral back in 2017 highlighting the need to address the plastic pollution problem in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Southeast Asian Nations Grapple With Worsening Plastic Trash Crisis

Governments throughout Southeast Asia have launched a war on plastic waste.But most are still in the early stages of creating waste management strategies and passing laws needed to implement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Southeast Asian Nations Grapple With Worsening Plastic Trash Crisis

Governments throughout Southeast Asia have launched a war on plastic waste.But most are still in the early stages of creating waste management strategies and passing laws needed to implement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Junk Not! Upcycling plastic into furniture

(Impact Journalism Day) Interior design enterprise JunkNot collects and recycles daily waste to transform it into design furniture. It tackles two problems that the Filipino society is facing at once: waste management and its environmental impact, and lack of livelihood......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

World Environment Day: Let’s stop plastic pollution

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has urged the public to be more responsible in managing garbage since waste, particularly plastic, can be devastating for marine biodiversity......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Plastic wasteland: Asia s ocean pollution crisis

THANH HOA, Vietnam – A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed  after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands – grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia. About 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo

Ben Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste. Under sunny skies, the 51-year-old Frenchman slipped into cool and placid waters shortly after 09:00am (0000 GMT), in warm and pleasant conditions with a slight breeze. He will face giant waves, sharks and jellyfish, and will also swim through part of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in his attempt to be the first to accomplish the feat of swimming across the world's biggest ocean. "I'm very anxious to start right now," said the swimmer as he prepared to take to the waves. His son a...Keep on reading: Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Multinationals are top plastic polluters in the Philippines – report

MANILA, Philippines – Six of the top 10 plastic polluters in 6 major cities in the Philippines are multinational brands, according to the latest waste and brand audit by environmental groups Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) released on Friday, June 1. The groups revealed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

EU proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery, balloon sticks, cotton buds

The European Union proposed Monday a bloc-wide ban on single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery and cotton buds while urging the collection of most plastic drinks bottles by 2025. The set of proposals are part of a growing EU drive to rid the environment of plastic waste which has begun showing up in the food chain. "Plastic waste is undeniably a big issue and Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem," EU First Vice President Frans Timmermans said. "Today's proposals will reduce single-use plastics on our supermarket shelves through a range of measures," Timmermans added. The proposals call for banning banning plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink...Keep on reading: EU proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery, balloon sticks, cotton buds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Villar, Legarda seek end to plastic pollution

SENATORS Cynthia Villar and Loren Legarda on Saturday joined calls to end plastic pollution which threaten the country’s wildlife and marine resources. The call to end plastic pollution is the theme for today’s Earth Day celebration. Villar, head of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, deplored the effects of plastic waste leakages to [...] The post Villar, Legarda seek end to plastic pollution appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018