Monthly Archive:: July 2013

Waste Pickers Frame Common Agenda, Fight for Right to Socio-legal Recognition

Davao City. National initiatives toward continuing clamor for waste pickers to gain social and legal recognition as respectable workers, as well as their expansion and integration into the solid waste management system, have sustained heat as more

Groups Expose Illegal Sale of Mercury-Laced Cosmetics in Davao City

Davao City/Quezon City.  Skin whitening cosmetics containing dangerous levels of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, are being sold in Davao City in brazen violation of the law. The Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) and the EcoWaste Coalition, which are

Davao: Paint Brushes Used as Basting Brushes for BBQ Not Safe Due to Lead Content

 Paint brushes with lead levels above 90 ppm (above) and those with low or non-detectable lead (below). Environmental organizations today cautioned food preparers and vendors against using paint brushes for basting or greasing barbecued or grilled meat.

Illegal Dumpsite in Pier 18 to be Investigated

    (Photos courtesy of Greenpeace) The illegal dumpsite at Manila Bay’s Pier 18 will be investigated, according to EcoWaste Coalition and Greenpeace. This pronouncement followed the four-hour shutdown of the facility by activists from Greenpeace Southeast

Cebu BBQ Vendors Cautioned vs. Use of Lead-Tainted Paint Brushes

    Environmental groups promoting public safety from lead paint hazard today warned against the improper use of paint brushes as basting brushes for barbecues and other food preparations.   Cebu-based Philippine Earth Justice Center and Quezon

Waste Pickers Unite For Rights, Gain Support From Diverse Sectors

Cebu City.  A significant step towards on-going national initiatives of the informal waste sector to gain recognition and legitimization as decent workers, as well as their development and integration into the solid waste management system, has gained

Toxic Lead Detected in Cebu Ukulele Souvenirs (Groups Urge Ukulele and Other Souvenir Makers to Switch to Unleaded Paint)

It’s not fun to play with colorful toy ukuleles if these are coated with leaded paint, two environmental health groups jointly declared today. The Cebu City-based Philippine Earth Justice Center (PEJC) and the Quezon City-based EcoWaste Coalition

Cebu Vendors Defy Ban on Mercury-Containing Cosmetics (Groups Urge the Authorities to Charge Violators, End Impunity)

Imported skin whitening products banned by the national government for containing mercury are being sold in broad daylight in Cebu City in clear defiance of the law. The Cebu-based Philippine Earth Justice Center (PEJC) and the Quezon

Statement: FDA Lauded for Taking Public Health Action vs. Dangerous Cosmetics

Fifteen of the 16 unauthorized beauty products recently recalled by the FDA (not included is “Zyiang Day Cream”). The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental and health watchdog working towards a zero waste and toxics-free society, applauds the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)

Cheap Children’s Jewelries Loaded with Toxic Metals, Congress Urged to Act vs Health Threat from Toxic-Laden Children’s Products

Cheap and cute jewelries for young girls and boys may be easy on the pocket, but dangerous to a child’s health because of their undisclosed chemical poisons. The EcoWaste Coalition, an advocate for children’s protection against harmful