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BAN Toxics

BAN Toxics is a non-government, non-profit, environmental organization established in 2006, that strongly supports the protection of the environment and advocates for an environmentally sustainable future through the promotion of sound chemicals and wastes management practices. We are committed to the advancement of environmental justice to protect vulnerable populations, especially women and children.

Illegal Trading of Prohibited Beauty Products Proliferates in Tuguegarao City

Toxic watchdog group BAN Toxics warns the public against the continuous selling of banned and prohibited beauty products in Tuguegarao City. In a recent market monitoring conducted by the group, they managed to purchase and document the proliferation of skin…

Inception Workshop Kicks-Off in Cagayan Valley to Address Healthcare Waste Challenges

23 May 2024, Tuguegarao City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) and environmental NGO BAN Toxics kicked off its series of Regional Inception Meetings and Validation Workshops for The Philippine Healthcare and Mercury…

BAN Toxics Report on INC-4 Closing: PH Takes Progressive Stance as Global Plastic Treaty Negotiations Sideline Overproduction Issue

The intergovernmental negotiations (INC-4) for a global agreement to end plastic pollution in Ottawa, Canada, concluded with a long shot at tackling the root causes of plastic pollution. Member states agreed on intersessional work regarding hazardous plastic chemicals in products,…

New Docu Sheds Light on the Dark Side of Skin Whitening, Exposes Illegal Trade of Mercury-added Beauty Products

“Kaya po ako gumamit ng skin-lightening products, unang una naman po talaga, para maging maganda.” (I tried using skin-lightening products, primarily to look beautiful),” a woman narrates, as she is seen facing a bathroom mirror applying a skin-care product to…

Toy Safety Warning: Potential Health and Toxicity Hazards of Kids’ Blaster Guns with Gel Water Balls to Young Children

Toxic watchdog group BAN Toxics raised concerns over the proliferation of battery-rechargeable gel blaster submachine gun toys using water-absorbing plastic beads or gel ammunition and similar toys. “We express concern about the growing availability of gel blaster submachine gun toys…

Healthcare Heroes Celebrated as Philippines Commemorates ‘Day of Valor’

Multi-year Healthcare Waste Management Project Launched Healthcare workers, who bravely put themselves at risk to protect our communities, deserve to be safeguarded. This was BAN Toxics’ message as the country celebrates the Day of Valor. “As we continue to navigate…

Call for Definitive E-waste Regulation and Enforcement as E-waste Crisis Looms

“E-waste is a rapidly growing waste stream in the country. From 3.9 kilos per capita in 2019, 537 million kilograms of e-waste were produced in the Philippines, translating to 4.7 kilograms of e-waste per capita in 2022,” said Jam Lorenzo,…

Asian Study Reveals Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals Found in Personal Care Products from the Philippines

In a press briefing in time for the observance of World Consumer Rights Month, BAN Toxics, a chemical and waste management NGO, discloses the findings of recent laboratory testing indicating the presence of parabens, triclosan, and triclocarban, classified as endocrine-disrupting…

Warning: Popular Toys Found to Contain Hazardous Chemicals

Toxic watchdog group BAN Toxics has raised concerns about the safety of certain popular toys commonly used during the summer season, such as turumpo (spinning top game)), sipa (kick the ball game), and jackstone, citing potential health risks to children.…

Intersectionality of Chemicals, Environment, and Gender Rights, Discussed in Women’s Day Webinar

Environmental group BAN Toxics held a webinar as the world celebrated International Women’s Day. Speakers from the academe, science, and development work shared their insights on the intersectionality of environment, women, and gender rights. “We seem to have come a…

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