Monthly Archive:: September 2013

EcoWaste Coalition Urges Full Inventory of Mercury-Added Products Targeted for Global Phase-Out

Amid calls for a safe storage program for phased-out mercury-containing medical devices following a mercury spill at Fabella Hospital last month, a toxics watchdog today exhorted the government and the industry to kick off a sweeping inventory

Watchdog Finds Toxic Metals in Toys Bought in Manila, Urges Consumers to Insist on Safe Toys

(Gregorio B. Dantes, Jr.) A sampling of assorted toys bought in Manila by an environmental watchdog revealed high levels of lead and other heavy metals in 94 out of 200 toys. “Our latest investigation shows that nearly

EcoWaste Coalition Sounds Early Warning vs Toxic Toys as the Christmas Season Sets In

25 September 2013, Quezon City. A waste and pollution watchdog today warned consumers against undisclosed hazardous substances in some children’s products as it uncovered very high levels of heavy metals in 94 out of 200 toy samples.

September 13 Protestors Urged to Repeat Eco-Friendly August 26 Luneta Rally

(Image courtesy of Philippine Daily Inquirer) Participants of tomorrow’s “Forward March #Abolishpork” rally in Luneta were reminded today by an environmental watchdog to keep the iconic park clean, safe and healthy. The  EcoWaste Coalition appealed to the rallyists

Barangay and SK Electoral Candidates Urged to Campaign Clean

An environmental watchdog urged contenders for the upcoming Barangay  and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to commit to a clean campaign as the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) looms. Through Resolution 9761, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)

Watchdog Welcomes Reduced Lead Levels of QMC’s Play and Work-Out Equipment

Quezon City.  The Quezon City Government got a pat on the back for dramatically reducing the levels of lead, a highly toxic chemical, in exercise, fitness and recreation equipment at the Quezon Memorial Circle. From having outrageously

EcoWaste Coalition Welcomes Signing of Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013

Product label of China-made “Shrilling Chicken” that was recently recalled in Sweden for violating the European Union’s regulation on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  An environmental group tracking toxins in children’s products welcomed the signing of Republic Act

China-Made ‘Shrilling Chicken” Toy: Sold in the Philippines, Banned in Sweden (Watchdog Warns vs. “Shrilling Chicken” Toy Laced with Toxic Chemicals)

“Shrilling Chicken” bought from Divisoria, Philippines (top) and the one recalled in Sweden (below). The EcoWaste Coalition, a toxics watchdog, has put out a warning against a chicken squeeze toy sold locally that was recently recalled in

EcoWaste Coalition Bares Unbridled Sale of Banned Insect Killers in Metro Cities

 FDA-banned aerosol insecticides and mosquito coils on sale in the market.  Seven unregistered aerosol insecticides found on sale in the market.   The EcoWaste Coalition, an advocate for zero waste and chemical safety, has deplored the unrestrained sale

Waste Pickers Unite for Rights, Bewail Massive Corruption in Government

Quezon City.  In the face of the pork barrel scam that has recently shaken the country, Luzon-based waste pickers unite today to bewail corruption as a dagger driven right into their hearts, trampling on their rights for