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Philippines tightens regulations on highly toxic cadmium, hexavalent chromium

Roy Cimatu

The Government of the Philippines has imposed new policies tightening regulations on the industrial uses of cancer-causing cadmium and hexavalent chromium to protect human health and the environment. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary, Roy Cimatu The toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition, which actively participated in the consultative processes, welcomed the new regulations targeting substances belonging to the ...

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Philippine study finds lead in industrial paints sold locally

Thony Dizon

The report “Lead in Solvent-Based Industrial Paints Sold in the Philippines” released on Sunday, October 24, 2021, in time for the UN-backed International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week shows that industrial paints with high concentrations of lead are still available in the market despite the completion of the six-year phase-out period for such paints that ended on December 31, 2019.  Thony ...

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Philippine environmental groups push for green electoral reforms ahead of 2022 polls

Sheriff M. Abas

As the election fever heats up across the Philippines, environmental groups are urging the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to initiate much-needed reforms toward an eco-friendly conduct of the 2022 polls. COMELEC Chairman, Sheriff M. Abas Through a letter submitted Friday, September 24, 2021, to the office of COMELEC Chairman Sheriff M. Abas, pro-environment groups led by the EcoWaste Coalition, Greenpeace ...

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Group backs human rights-based approach to address plastic pollution crisis

Marcos Orellana

EcoWaste Coalition has renewed its call on the government of the Philippines and the industry to decisively act to solve the plasticisation and toxification of the country and the planet due to unbridled plastics production, consumption and disposal. Dr. Marcos Orellana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous ...

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Online shopping sites urged to take down product listings for banned mercury-laden skin whiteners

Thony Dizon

The EcoWaste Coalition on Monday, September 13, 2021, appealed to online retail giants to remove product listings for mercury-laden skin whitening cosmetics long proscribed by the authorities to protect human health and the environment. Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition The toxics watchdog group had earlier urged e-commerce sites to “go mercury-free” after uncovering the unbridled sale of mercury-containing ...

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Stern measures pushed to end illegal trade of mercury-laced skin whiteners

Mercury skin whitening creams

A group tracking mercury-added products in commerce appealed to national and local government authorities in the Philippines to get tough on importers, distributors and retailers of skin whitening cosmetics laced with toxic mercury. Eight mercury skin whitening creams, Pasay City, Aug 5, 2021 The EcoWaste Coalition pressed the authorities to bring the perpetrators of the illegal trade in mercury-laden cosmetics to ...

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Report proposes stronger ASEAN response to fight global waste dumping

Gregorio Rafael P. Bueta

While governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have individually taken action to address incidents of illegal waste shipments from affluent and more developed countries, the 10-member bloc has yet to unify and boost up efforts to protect the region from the drawbacks and hazards of the global waste trade. Gregorio Rafael P. Bueta Released in time for ...

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EcoWaste Coalition raises alert over lead contaminated lipsticks

Thony Dizon

As the National Lipstick Day was observed on July 29, a toxics watchdog group issued a red alert following its discovery of dirt cheap lipsticks that are heavily contaminated with lead, a chemical banned in cosmetics. Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition The EcoWaste Coalition has warned consumers, especially women of reproductive age, against the proliferation of what it ...

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Groups raise concern on toxic hazards from plastic waste management schemes

Lee Bell

Philippine environmental health groups EcoWaste Coalition, Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) and Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) have echoed the urgency of limiting the manufacture of plastic to essential uses and eliminating toxic chemicals in plastic production to halt the swelling problem of plastic waste in the environment, including the world’s oceans. Lee Bell, report co-author and IPEN Policy Advisor ...

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