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'Pechay for free': Family in CamSur takes up gardening to help neighbors

May 04, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Aside from being able to help others during the coronavirus lockdown, the Furio family also manages to squeeze in some quality bonding time in their garden

FREE PECHAY. As a way to help out during the coronavirus crisis, the Furio family gives away pechay they've planted for their neighbors. All photos from Nancy Furio

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

Southeast Asia finds ways to minimize waste during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:41 PM

As demand for disposable face masks, disinfectant and protective equipment soars, innovative Southeast Asians have come up with ideas to curb single-use litter while shielding themselves and others from the virus

RECYCLED. Buddhist monk Chamnanwej Sutthiyano inscribes spiritual incantations on masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

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

5 ways to take care of the environment during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:26 AM

While the world continues to make sense of a reality scarred by the virus, EcoWaste Coalition lists ways that people can do to help address both the coronavirus outbreak and the climate crisis

MovePH Webinar: Waste management in the time of coronavirus

Apr 20, 2020 - 6:22 PM

In celebration of Earth Day, MovePH is holding a webinar to tackle the environmental concerns related to the pandemic on Wednesday, April 22, at 3 pm

[OPINION] The Pope and single-use plastics

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it

#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

Hermosa LGU shuts down Bataan sanitary landfill for environmental violations

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Mayor Jopet Inton personally serves closure order

Hermosa Mayor Jopet Inton Photo by: Mhike Cigaral

Hermosa landfill operator says only EMB can impose environmental laws

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:07 PM

If the Hermosa town mayor wants us to leave, we can turn over the landfill, subject to the recovery of our investments, says Econest

HERMOSA LANDFILL. The sanitary landfill in Hermosa, Bataan operated by Econest Waste Management Corporation.

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'

How Filipinos are helping Taal eruption survivors while going zero waste

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Seeing the need to do their part to help those affected, many organizations championing the zero-waste lifestyle are helping Taal eruption survivors by leading eco-friendly donation drives

Background photo by KD Madrilejos

[OPINION] A call to Libmaneños: Let's start refusing plastic

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:55 AM

I believe that it's high time for the municipality of Libmanan to help address our plastic problem and act for the future generations of Libmaneños

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

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

6 innovative ways to ditch traditional gift wrappers

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Tired of the same old gift wrappers? You can celebrate the holidays and save the environment with these recyclable materials

Clark landfill firm hops onto waste-to-energy bandwagon

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Rufo Colayco, president and CEO of the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation, says his company’s unsolicited proposal is currently 'under evaluation by government.'

DISPOSAL. A 22-wheeler truck carrying garbage enters the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation sanitary landfill in Sitio Kalangitan, Cutcut II, Capas town in Tarlac province. Contributed photo

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

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

Farmers are business partners in this zero-waste café

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Sierreza – which has artisan stores in Los Baños and Maginhawa Street – has no set menu. It serves what farmers in partner communities plant.

DRIED and processed goods are available at Sierreza.

Have clothes, books, and toys you no longer need? Donate them to Kids for Kids!

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Kids for Kids will use the funds collected to raise awareness about plastic bag pollution

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

How an online community encourages Filipinos to try ‘buhay zero-waste’

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Going zero-waste might seem intimidating. But a blossoming online community in the Philippines will tell you that your zero-waste journey can start with the little things and the mini wins.

WWF’s mission in 2030: ‘No Plastics in Nature’

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Independent conservation group World Wide Fund is working together with various stakeholders to reduce plastic pollution

COA to Laguna hospital: Fix waste storage and disposal

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Commission on Audit finds that the Laguna Medical Center violated the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the Health Care Waste Management Manual

DENR, Aklan gov't to help in Boracay garbage hauling payment

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The Malay government is facing difficulty in paying ECOS P95 million for its collection, hauling, and dumping services from January to June 2019

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

How to kickstart a zero waste lifestyle without spending on new things

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:42 PM

You don’t need to buy a spanking new canteen to start going green

Despite gov't push, private sector group sees 'big gap' in solving trash problem

Apr 04, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'While we're doing Build, Build, Build, we can't catch up with the infrastructure with the growing population of the Philippines,' says Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability founding president Crispian Lao

TRASH. Manila Bay is not a stranger to trash littering along its shore. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DILG orders 108 LGUs to explain absence of waste management plan

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:01 AM

'We don't want another case of Manila Bay,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

DILG CHIEF. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano says local govenrments should all have solid waste management plans as provided under the law. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here are 5 ways to make it more sustainable

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

A guide to a greener, more sustainable but generous Christmas

NATURAL VS ARTIFICIAL: Plastic trees that are reused actually have a lower carbon footprint.

Morales: Congress, not Martires, should reassess Solid Waste Act

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Martires recently recalled the suspension of 72 local executives, citing as reason the impracticality of the Solid Waste Act

SUSPENSION RECALL. Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) says the decision to recall suspension orders because of flaws of the law should be a decision of the Congress, not Ombudsman Samuel Martires.

After criticism, no more balloon releasing in next Mimaropa Festival

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Mimaropa's top tourism official thanks EcoWaste Coalition for pointing out that releasing balloons is harmful to the environment

Photo from the Arawatan & Mimaropa Festival 2018 Facebook page

Eco group slams Mimaropa Festival's balloon releasing activity

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'Releasing balloons into the air is no laughing matter, especially for marine animals who bear the brunt of this wasteful practice,' says zero waste campaigner Daniel Alejandre

Trouble in Panglao: Erring establishments, politics add to garbage woes

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Tourism facilities are contributing to Panglao’s struggle with trash while mayors fight it out

DENR to local government: Be tough on trash violators for Undas

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) ‘LGUs should not hesitate penalizing litterbugs by imposing fines or making them render community service,’ says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

UNDAS. People flock the Manila South Cemetery in Makati City to visit the grave of their departed loved ones in observance of the All Soul's and All Saints' Day on November 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mother and son in viral video punished for littering in Caloocan

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Caloocan City government orders Maria Elena Paras and son Ian to pay a fine, do community service, and attend a seminar for violating the law

Martires recalls suspension of mayor, local execs charged under solid waste act

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘The law is economically not feasible to be implemented especially by 5th and 6th class municipalities,’ says the new Ombudsman

SUSPENSION RECALL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires recalls the suspension of 9 mayors and a dozen of local officials administratively charged of violating the Solid Waste Act. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

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

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Seventeen years after its enactment, LGUs struggle to implement our solid waste management law

Ombudsman suspends Polangui mayor, 4 councilors

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:26 PM

For operating an open dumpsite, the Ombudsman suspends Mayor Cherilie Mella-Sampal and 4 Sangguniang Bayan members for one year

 An open dumpsite in Daraga Albay.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

How the fight vs plastic pollution can begin in the classroom

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'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

Eco-friendly alternatives to menstrual pads and tampons

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Looking for more sustainable options during that time of the month?

Zero-waste basics: Mess kits will help save the world

May 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Want to go zero-waste but don't know how? Start by building your own mess kit!

BRING YOUR OWN EVERYTHING. Having your own utensils, containers, and tumblers on hand makes it easy to decline disposable, single-use items. Photo courtesy of Joni Galeste

The challenges of going zero waste in the Philippines

May 23, 2018 - 1:14 PM

The zero waste movement, or the lifestyle of recycling and using natural products, is growing in the Philippines. There are no laws, however, that incentivizes the practice.