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Watch out for ‘toxic’ saints


During the celebration of Palm Sunday which marked the start of Holy Week, an environmental group cautioned devotees against buying religious images near Quiapo Church in Manila after these were found to contain high levels of lead, a toxic chemical.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

‘Beware of toxic toys sold in Manila’

Not all toys are safe for children to play with, according to EcoWaste Coalition. Contributed photos

Playing traditional Filipino games may put your child at risk as some of the toys sold in Divisoria, Manila, have been found to contain high levels of harmful chemicals.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Pollution watchdog warns vs open trash burning

THESE accumulated garbage turn Angeles City’s materials recovery facility into an open dump. JUN MALIG / Inquirer Central Luzon

A pollution watchdog group has urged local government units to enforce the nationwide ban on open trash burning, describing it as a “silent killer” that brings significant health and environmental risks.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

EcoWaste warns of toxic substances in cheap lipstick


Women, whether looking forward to a Valentine’s date on Friday or not, should be watchful of what they put on their lips.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Reusable bags not free of toxic substances—EcoWaste


Some reusable carry bags are not so Earth-friendly after all.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Reports of toxic toys sold in Marikina to be probed

Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman has ordered the local health office to look into an environmental group’s claim that some stores in the city were selling toy tops contaminated with lead. Paul Sison, the city’s public information officer, said De Guzman issued the directive yesterday, a day after EcoWaste Coalition said it found “the highly toxic substance” in wooden tops sold in stores at the Marikina Public Market and near Sto. Niño Elementary School. The toxics watch group said it also discovered contaminated tops in shops near Doña Josefa Elementary School and the Murphy Public Market in Quezon City.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Chinese new year warning: Prayer beads for ‘safety’ hazardous to health – EcoWaste

Food-Chinese New Year Traditions

Not even the six-syllable Kuan Yin mantra can ward off the danger of lead exposure from a set of prayer beads, according to an environment and consumer safety group.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Eco group decries waste left by Black Nazarene devotees

PHOTO by Kristine Sabillo/INQUIRER.net

As in past observances of the feast of the Black Nazarene, Manila’s Quiapo district turned into a virtual wasteland in the wake of the kilometers-long procession by millions of devotee on Thursday, pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition lamented Friday.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

‘Green Brigade’ praised for cleanup after Black Nazarene procession

The Black Nazarene as it made its way towards Quiapo Church. INQUIRER.net

Pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition on lauded the efforts of the “Green Brigade” of volunteers who worked to clean up the heaps of garbage left by thousands of devotees of the Black Nazarene on the streets of Manila in Thursday’s feast.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Order cutting lead hailed

MEMBERS of the environmental watchdog Ecowaste Coalition inspect toys which are tested for hazardous and toxic substances at their main office in Quezon City. They warn the public in buying toys as Christmas gifts that contain harmful chemicals like lead. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Environment and health advocates have hailed a new government regulation that should prevent or at least reduce children’s exposure to hazardous lead in paint and other sources.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Your food may be safe, but not your table cover


Be careful what you put on your dining table. This applies not just to the food but the tablecloth as well.

Posted: December 18th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Kris Kringle gifts may be bad for your health


An environmental watch group announced Sunday that it has found more hazardous substances in Kris Kringle or exchange gift items being sold at retail stores in Divisoria, Manila.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Boxes of ‘safe’ toys bound for storm victims

ECOWASTE Coalition volunteers offer their thanks to people who donated toxic-free toys for children in typhoon-hit areas. EcowWaste Coalition

Saying he felt sorry for “Yowanda” victims, a 4-year-old boy voluntarily gave up his favorite “Papa Smurf” stuffed toy and turned it over to EcoWaste Coalition for the toxics watch group’s toy collection drive for children in typhoon-hit areas.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  4. SC suspends proctor in 2011 bar exams
  5. Senator Pimentel backs German think tank’s stand vs dynasties
  6. Bar proctor suspended for photographing test papers
  7. Collector Danny Garcia says Inquirer worth more than news
  8. Meteor shower to light up PH skies
  9. What Went Before: Enrile denies Gigi Reyes was ‘other woman’
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
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  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


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