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Did Filipino “Tingi” Culture Pave the Way for Plastic Sachets in the Philippines?

by Sherma Benosa, Knowledge Management Officer of GAIA Asia Pacific | July 14, 2020

“Enterprise for the Filipino is small stall: the sari-sari… Commerce for the Filipino is the smallest degree of retail: the tingi. What most astonishes foreigners in the Philippines is that this is a country..

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Back to the Future

by Sherma Benosa, Knowledge Management Officer of GAIA Asia Pacific | July 14, 2020

Glaiza Lee, a writer in her mid-30s, still remembers her family owning and managing a sari-sari store in their home in Caloocan City during the early 1990s. Then a grade school pupil, Glaiza often helped in the store repacking goods and selling them.

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My BFFP Story

by Camelia Mathlouhi, Pour une Tunisie Propre et Verte | July 2, 2020

In 1978, I took my first trip to Switzerland and was mesmerized by the clean, well-organized streets and the beautiful landscaping.  Planted flower gardens, meticulously cared for yards and common spaces gave me the vision I wanted to see in my home country of Tunisia.  Many other trips to European countries and the USA reinforced […]

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What Happens to NZ’s Plastic Exports? Stories from Receiving Countries

by admin | July 1, 2020

Following China’s National Sword Programme, most of Aotearoa New Zealand’s (NZ) post-consumer plastics now go to Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Chemical Recycling: Miracle Cure, or Snake Oil?

by Claire Arkin, GAIA Communications Coordinator | June 22, 2020

Photo by Ella Ivanescu on Unsplash As people around the world call for an end to plastic pollution, the plastic and petrochemical industry has seized upon a silver bullet solution: chemical recycling, or “advanced recycling.” This older, failed technology has been dusted off and breathlessly promoted in industry circles as the answer to plastic pollution, […]

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