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Cebu: On the road to a plastic free future

by Beau Baconguis | March 21, 2019

Cebu is a major tourist destination in the Philippines. From January to June 2018, domestic and international tourist arrivals were recorded at 3.87 million and 1.89 million, respectively. With the influx of tourist comes the increase in consumption and, consequently, increase in waste generation particularly plastics. In 2017, the Provincial government allocated 40 million pesos […]

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U.S. weakens first global commitment on curbing single-use plastics

by admin | March 21, 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nations made their first global commitment towards curtailing the surging consumption of single-use plastics on Friday, but critics said it failed to confront the planet’s pollution crisis with the United States blocking efforts for more radical action. After five days of talks in the Kenyan capital, ministers at the United […]

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Here’s Why America Is Dumping Its Trash in Poorer Countries

by Dominique Mosbergen | March 20, 2019

The filthy secrets of the multibillion-dollar global recycling industry. This story was originally published by HuffPost. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Bales of plastic garbage, stacked 15 feet high, shimmered in the 100-degree heat. They gave off a faint chemical smell as they warped and softened under the equatorial sun. A canary-yellow Walmart clearance tag […]

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A New Paradigm for Plastics

by Lili Fuhr and Jane Patton | March 7, 2019

By focusing environmental and public-health debates on the issue of waste-management, plastics producers have managed to conceal the elephant in the room. But governments and consumers can no longer ignore the fact that plastic is a problem at all stages of its life cycle – not just after it ends up in the ocean. BERLIN […]

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Trader Joe’s Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics Nationwide Following Customer Petition

by Madison Dapcevich | March 7, 2019

As the world suffocates from its plastic addiction, a growing number of businesses are stepping up to the plate to reduce their plastic waste. Most recently, Trader Joe’s announced that it will be taking steps to cut back on plastic and other packaging waste after a petition launched by Greenpeace harnessed nearly 100,000 signatures. At the end of last year, the […]

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