Monthly Archive:: March 2014

Banned Insect Killers Sold with Impunity (EcoWaste Coalition Cautions Public vs. “Toxic Household Insecticides”)

              From top: photo of banned “toxic household insecticides” and photos of the banned items on sale in Barangay Poblacion, Pateros; Evangelista St., Quiapo, Manila; Commonwealth Market, Quezon City; Pasig Mega Market,

EcoWaste Coalition Cautions Kids vs. Toxic Hazards in Some Traditional Games

Playthings with low or non-detectable lead (above) and with excessive levels of lead, arsenic and/or cadmium (below). With the start of the summer vacation, a toxics watchdog wasted no time in reminding kids to be extra careful

EcoWaste Coalition Urges DepEd and Donors to Ensure Safe School Makeovers

  Following Education Secretary Armin Luistro’s challenge for big donors to consider “total makeover” of schools, an environmental watchdog group reminded that renovations should be carefully done so as not to disturb lead paint and disperse toxic dust. Speaking before

Watchdog Warns vs Toxic Phthalates in Inflatable Swimming Floats and Rings

As the entire country braces for the summer heat that is expected to reach 40 degrees celsius, a toxics watchdog cautioned consumers against buying swimming toys that may contain health-damaging chemicals called phthalates. “As kids look forward

Plea for World Water Day: Stop Choking Our Waterways with Garbage

 Old Torres St. – Juan Luna St.  Soler St. near Masangkay St.  Recto Ave. near Juan Luna St.  Arlegui St. Recto Ave. near Abad Santos St. On the occasion of the World Water Day and the 10th

EcoWaste Coalition: Stop Trashing Our Waterways; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

Quezon City. The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental watchdog, called for heightened enforcement of R.A. 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, ahead of the 10th anniversary of R.A. 9275, the Clean Water Act, on March 22, the

Groups Welcome US Phase Out of Pesticide Propoxur in Flea Collars for Cats and Dogs

An animal rights group and an environmental and health rights group jointly welcomed the US phase-out of  pet collars containing propoxur, a pesticide used to control fleas, ticks and other insects. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

EcoWaste Coalition Finds More Mercury-Laden Cosmetics in the Market

In observance of the World Consumer Rights Day (March 15) and following the International Women’s Day (March 8), an environmental and health  watchdog group called on women consumers to be on guard against toxic cosmetics and to

Pre-Graduation Advisory: Say No to Medals and Trophies with Lead Painted Designs

Few weeks before the school graduation ceremonies, a toxics watchdog group cautioned school administrators and teachers from rewarding their most talented students with medals and trophies decorated with leaded paint. In its latest bid to promote public

Environmental Advocates Laud Senate for Approving FOI Bill

Quezon City.  Environmentalists lauded the Senate led by the Committee on  Public Information and Mass Media under Senator Grace Poe for approving yesterday the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. At the same time, they urged the House