Monthly Archive:: April 2013

Government, Non-Government and Corporate Donors Urged to Ensure that Gift School Bags Are Lead-Free

A toxics watchdog exhorted local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations and companies that are planning to give bags to less-privileged children in time for the school reopening to get a formal certification from suppliers confirming the safety

EcoWaste Coalition Finds Brain-Harming Poison in Kiddie Bags

Parents beware: some kiddie backpacks are laden with brain-damaging chemical associated with lower intelligence quotient (IQ) score. The EcoWaste Coaliton, a toxics watchdog, made the warning as bags and other back-to-school necessities come into sight in Divisoria,

Groups Push for Workers’ Protection against Occupational Diseases

The Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) and the EcoWaste Coalition today appealed for concerted action that will protect the nation’s workforce against occupational diseases. In a joint statement to mark the

NGOs Urge FDA to Impose a Ban on Chemical Bisphenol A (BPA)

Over 50 health and environmental groups today asked the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to take action that will protect babies from an endocrine disrupting chemical called Bisphenol A or BPA. In a letter sent to Dr.

EcoWaste Coalition Bats for Stricter Implementation of R.A. 9003 in Light of the Recent Tragedy in a Sanitary Landfill in Rizal

The collapse of the Rizal Provincial Sanitary Landfill that feared to have buried four employees prompted the EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watchdog, to press for stricter implementation of R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste

Manila Stores Disobey Ban on Mercury-Laced Cosmetics (Poll Bets Urged to Take Action vs. Illegal Cosmetics Trade)

Banned products still on sale (above), laden with mercury but not yet banned (below) Skin whitening products banned by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for containing excessive amounts of mercury that pose health risk to  consumers and

Watchdog Finds Mercury in Crayons and Pencils, Pushes Stricter Limit for Mercury in Children’s Products

All children should be able to draw and write without being exposed to the hazards of mercury, an extremely toxic element, in crayons and pencils.   The EcoWaste Coalition, a toxics watchdog, emphasized the right of every

EcoWaste Coalition Cautions Food Vendors and Consumers against Lead-Tainted Paint Brushes

Quezon City.  A toxics watchdog has cautioned vendors and consumers against the use of paint brushes for basting meat while barbecuing and for other food applications. The EcoWaste Coalition’s Task Force on Food Safety made the warning

EcoWaste Coalition Detects High Levels of Lead on Paint Brushes (Leaded Paint Brushes Not Food-Safe for Basting BBQ)

A toxics watchdog has detected lead, a developmental and reproductive toxin, in paint brushes at levels violating safety standard in the United States Using an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device, the EcoWaste Coalition found lead up to 17,400

Government Urged to Step Up Drive vs. Inhalant Abuse (Watchdog Pushes Ban on Sale to Children of Rugby, “Vulca Seal” and Allied Products)

  As the World Health Day is observed today, April 7, a toxics watchdog pressed the government to launch a vigorous campaign against inhalant abuse amid reports of out-of-school youth addiction to adhesives, glues, sealants and other