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Plastic 'has entered' Antarctic terrestrial food chain

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:42 AM

The authors believe Antarctic creatures eat plastic fragments while grazing on their usual food

NEW TAX? Lawmakers want to impose a P20 per kilo tax on single-use plastic bags. Photo from Shutterstock

'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

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] 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

Coke Studio continues to advocate for environmental protection

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:38 AM

They aim to educate the youth on the importance of recycling in each concert and roadshow event organized

[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

Startup company recycles stone wastes to make stationery

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Stone wastes from construction sites and mining quarries are collected to produce waterproof and tear-resistant stationery

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

LOOK: Christmas tree made out of plastic bottles, cups, utensils in Bulacan

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The creation of an eco-lamp Christmas tree in Baliwag, Bulacan, is part of the town's campaign to recycle and create items from waste

LIGHT UP. An eco-lamp Christmas tree was lit up at Heroes Park in Baliwag, Bulacan on Saturday night, December 7. Photo by Patrick Valisno

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

How to have realistic zero-waste Christmas parties

Dec 07, 2019 - 1:17 PM

A 'buhay zero waste' practitioner shares personal tips on how to celebrate the festive season with the smallest amount of waste possible

How to lessen disposables, waste at SEA Games 2019

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The Break Free From Plastic movement gives tips on how athletes, sports fans, organizers, and hotels can go zero waste and plastic-free at SEA Games 2019

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.

#ManyWaystoZeroWaste movement

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:25 PM

#ManyWaystoZeroWaste is a movement pushing for responsible ways to use reduce plastic

The journey of plastics: From production to our bodies

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:28 PM

This is how plastics make their way into our food chain

Image via Shutterstock

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

Gubat QC: Where nothing goes to waste

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:30 AM

What to expect at Gubat? Recycled interiors and banana leaves for plates – strictly kamayan-only!

Philippine city shows zero waste is achievable

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'We cannot avoid using plastic, but we have to manage,' says San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago

CLOSE TO ZERO WASTE. San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago shares how his city drastically reduced residual waste. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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.

#2030Now: Refilling stations emerge as best solution to plastic pollution

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:27 PM

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

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

#2030Now: Plastic pollution not just an environment problem

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit say the plastics problem in the country must also be treated as a social and economic issue

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.

Rappler pushes for responsible use of plastic with #ManyWaysToZeroWaste movement

Sep 13, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The campaign aims to engage the government, corporations, and communities in finding solutions to our plastic waste problem

How going zero waste is addressing PH's plastic pollution

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Snapshots of the zero waste movement in the Philippines

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

Getting to zero: Japan town trying to recycle all its waste

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

A Kamikatsu town official says: 'We thought: If we can't burn waste in the town, then let's recycle. It's cheaper to recycle waste than burn it'

This picture taken on March 14, 2019 shows a worker drying washed paper packaging material at a waste centre in the town of Kamikatsu, Tokushima prefecture. Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be 'zero-waste' by 2020. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

In this store, you can trade plastic trash for food and clothing

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Plastic Barter store aims to help solve Cebu City’s plastics problem and provide jobs to former prisoners and dumpsite dwellers

Getting to zero: the Japan town trying to recycle all its waste

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Japan's Kamikatsu is already close to achieving its goal, recycling about 80 percent of the 286 tons of waste it produced in 2017, far more than the national average of 20 percent

Coca-Cola to invest in P1-billion recycling facility in the Philippines

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:15 PM

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'

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

LOOK: Zamboanga del Sur town upcycles election tarps into school bags

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:54 PM

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.

DREAM BIG. In Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, tarpaulins are being upcycled into school bags decorated with inspirational quotes. Photo by Dumalinao LGU

Negros Occidental school opens plastic-free canteen

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The ‘wala usik’ (zero waste) canteen uses mugs made from bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY. Students of Bulata National High School use mugs made from indigenous materials to reduce plastic waste. Photo courtesy of PRRCFI

Hospitals urged to reduce plastic waste

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:50 PM

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

Photo from Shutterstock

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

Image via Shutterstock

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

Environment group gives tips for 'trash-free' Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Here are some tips from EcoWaste Coalition on observing an eco-friendly Holy Week this year

READY FOR PALM SUNDAY. Vendors at Santo Nino de Tondo Parish start making palms in preparation for Palm Sunday. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Darren Criss calls on PH mayors to implement zero waste programs

Apr 13, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The actor has been in the country since April 2

DARREN CRISS. The actor visits the country to learn about Metro Manila's waste management problems. Photo from Instagram.com/darrencriss

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

World Bank to aid Philippines in fight against plastic

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Amid the government's ongoing rehabilitation activities in Manila Bay and its tributaries, the World Bank is stepping in to help as well

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

'Drastic solutions' needed to fight plastic pollution – groups

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'We cannot recycle our way out of this problem,' says Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace Philippines

A week before the meeting of the UN Environment Assembly meeting , members of the Mother Earth Foundation segregate plastics form its kind at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Year's worth of plastic use in the Philippines can cover Metro Manila 1 foot deep of plastic waste said Mother Earth in their latest report revealed during press conference on stop "Producing" single-use plastics. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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