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EcoWaste Coalition Honors Resource Collectors for their Role in Protecting Community Health and Environment

Bagong Silangan Resource Collectors in Quezon City Repaint ‘Kolong-kolong’ with Lead Safe Paints 12 June 2024, Quezon City.  To celebrate the nation’s 126th Independence Day, the EcoWaste Coalition honored the women and men of the Bagong Silangan Resource Collectors’ Association…

A Long Road Ahead Towards a Mercury-free Environment

As the country celebrates World Environment Day, environmental watchdog group, BAN Toxics, draws attention to hard-hitting truths on the continued exposure of the Filipino people and the environment to toxic mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can cause irreparable damage…

Philippine FDA Bans 3 Lead-Containing Spray Paints

15 May 2024, Quezon City.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against the purchase and use of three imported spray paints containing toxic lead, a potent neurotoxin that is banned in the manufacture of paints as…

EcoWaste Coalition: Over 20 Stores Sell Mercury Cosmetics in Pasay City

9 May 2024, Quezon City.  The toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition denounced the rampant sale in Pasay City of imported skin-whitening products laden with mercury as if such act is within the bounds of law. The group revealed the unlawful…

67 Countries Banned This Toxic Product –But the EPA Says: “Go for it!”

Sixty-seven (67) countries have banned paraquat, a toxic chemical used to control weeds that was discovered in the 1950s and subsequently widely used throughout the world in agriculture. Despite a deadly toxic reputation, it’s still used throughout America. Moreover, it’s…

EcoWaste Coalition Bares New List of 31 Lead-Containing Spray Paints

11 January 2024, Quezon City.  With the start of the New Year, the toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition again reminded consumers to steer clear of aerosol paints containing lead, a hazardous chemical banned in the manufacture of paints and similar…

Envi Groups Dismayed over Hijack of Plastics Treaty Negotiations by Petrochem and Plastics Interests

As the third negotiations (INC3) for a global plastics treaty closed earlier this week, civil society organizations from different countries were disappointed over the seeming failure to move closer to a strong and binding global plastic agreement to end plastic…

BAN Toxics Joins Minamata COP-5 in Geneva, Presents Proposals to End Mercury Pollution

The Minamata Convention on Mercury’s Fifth Conference of the Parties takes place in Geneva, Switzerland from October 30 to November 3, 2023. COP-5 is primed to be a landmark event, with proposed amendments to be negotiated by Parties covering mercury-added…

Green Groups: Some Spray Paints Sold in Davao City Contain Toxic Lead

26 October 2023, Davao City/Quezon City. Environmental health groups, Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS), and the EcoWaste Coalition have deplored the illegal sale of some paint products with high lead content in Davao City, Philippines. Based on the sampling…

Philippine Ban on Lead Paints Feted in Bonn, Germany

28 September 2023, Quezon City.  The historic ban on lead-containing paints in the Philippines was applauded in two side events held in conjunction with the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) in Bonn, Germany. Convened in…

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