Groups Call for Stricter Limits as Global Meeting Approaches
EARTH Thailand, together with the Arnika Association (Czech Republic) and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), call on the Thai government to enforce stricter limits for hazardous substances in waste at the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions in Geneva.
The amount of waste imported into Thailand has increased rapidly since the Chinese government imposed a ban on imports of plastic waste in 2017. As a result, Thai communities are suffering from the processing of imported waste, which constitutes a high environmental burden.
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This webinar will discuss how PFAS, also known as the "forever chemicals," which are found in consumer and household items -- from food packaging to cosmetics -- are risk factors for the occurrence of breast cancer among Filipino women. The findings of a pioneering study by the University of the Philippines researchers led by Prof. Michael Velarde, in cooperation with the University of California San Francisco, will be presented at the event.
This webinar is organized by the EcoWaste Coalition in partnership with IPEN SEA, Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS), Taiwan Watch Institute (TWI) and Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).
- BRS COP - 5 June - 17 June (Geneva, Switzerland)
- UN Oceans Conference - 27 June - 1 July (Lisbon, Portugal)
- SAICM IP4 - 4 Sept - 9 Sept (TBD - Bucharest, Romania)
Cambodia: Ending the PBDE recycling exemption
South Korea: Stories from the Clean Room (Screenings of the film have been shown in over 20 countries to date)
Newest IPEN Reports
IPEN studies show how policy is driving massive investment in plastic waste-to-fuel processing, and that exports are threatening waste management in ASEAN countries and undermining the Basel Convention and climate change commitments.
IPEN published a number of studies showing significant obstacles for countries seeking to implement safe plastic circular economies. The studies reveal that countries are unable to handle large volumes of diverse plastics waste streams safely, and the reality that, without regulations requiring plastic ingredients to be labeled, countries are blindly allowing known toxic chemicals onto their markets in plastic products.
Preproduction plastics as pellets, or "nurdles", can carry many different chemicals, both those added to the plastics and pollutants that attach (sorb) to them in the environment. Often lost during production, transportation, and storage, pellets have been found on beaches all over the world since the 1970s. This study of plastic pellets gathered from beaches in 23 different countries contained many chemicals of concern, some in very high concentrations.
Because almost all plastics contain toxic chemicals, recycling processes can perserve and can even generate toxic chemicals, such as dioxins. In this study, pellets made from recycled HDPE, intended for use in new products, were purchased from 24 recyclers in 23 countries and analyzed for 18 substances. The large number of toxic chemicals in many of the samples highlights the need to rethink recycling to ensure it does not perpetuate harms..
This summary of our two plastic pellets reports encapsulate the broad issues related to toxic chemicals in plastics and the concerns with recycling processes that can perserve or generate toxic chemicals.
Plastic waste has become an unprecedented pollution issue, blanketing our planet in the petrochemical remnants of plastic production. This report examines current and emerging methods by which plastic waste is managed globally and questions whether any of them present a solution to the rapidly accelerating generation of plastic waste. In short, they don't and the only long-term answer is to produce less plastic.
Based in the Philippines
EcoWaste Coalition is a public interest and advocacy network of more than 150 community, church, school, environmental and health groups. We envision a Zero Waste society in the Philippines by 2020 by pursuing sustainable solutions to waste, climate change and chemical issues facing the Philippines and the world. EcoWaste Coalition organizes and supports various citizens’ efforts addressing waste, climate and chemical safety issues through: research and evidence building approach; information dissemination; skill shares and workshops; policy development and advocacy; and demonstration projects of ecological alternatives and strategic campaigns and alliances, locally and internationally.
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