LIST: School supplies containing lead, cadmium

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2019   •   2779

Courtesy: EcoWaste Coalition

EcoWaste Coalition has listed several school supplies containing cadmium and lead which are harmful to students.

The environment group alerted consumers against purchasing school supplies laced with hazardous substances such as cadmium and lead.

“While many school supplies are generally harmless, there are some items that contain undisclosed chemicals that are banned or restricted in children’s toys because of their harmful effects on children’s health and the environment, too,” stated Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) lead and cadmium are included in the list of “10 chemicals of major public health concern.”

Among the samples found to contain high concentrations of lead were:

  1. An Artex Fine Water Colors (bright yellow cake), 86,000 ppm
  2. A yellow painted metal water container with Minions design, 65,500 ppm
  3. A red coated hair clip, 42,600 ppm
  4. A yellow painted metal water container with Rabbit design, 39,300 ppm
  5. A yellow coated hair clip, 15,800 ppm
  6. A backpack with Ultraman design, 12,100 ppm
  7. An MPC Classique Water Colors (light yellow cake), 4,914 ppm
  8. A bag tag with a Doraemon design, 3,659 ppm
  9. A yellow Fairyland crayon, 3,191 ppm
  10. A bag tag with Superman design, 2,361 ppm
  11. A backpack with Ben 10 design, 1,908
  12. A backpack with Hello Kitty design, 1,879 ppm

“Parents should be on the lookout for these items that may contain hazardous chemicals such as cadmium, lead, and phthalates,” Dizon said.

EcoWaste coalition calls for zero waste Undas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – An environmental group has urged the public not to litter or leave their trash behind when they visit cemeteries in line with the Catholic community’s observance of Undas this Nov. 1 and 2.

The EcoWaste Coalition made the call, in support of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s appeal to keep two of Metro Manila’s biggest and busiest cemeteries garbage-free during Undas.

The group said visitors should show more respect and refrain from committing polluting acts such throwing garbage indiscriminately, open burning, smoking and vaping, urinating and even defecating in public.

“We appeal to everyone not to leave your rubbish in the cemetery. It’s not OK to leave the cemetery in a mess. As should be expected, you have to pick up after yourself and not pass on the burden of cleaning up your own mess to others,” Jove Benosa, a zero waste Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition said in a statement.

The group also reminded the public to refrain from bringing things wrapped in plastic and to pick clean-burning candles instead of those with poisonous lead-cored wicks.

They also urged the public to pack meals and drinks in reusable containers and avoid single-use plastics, bring just enough food to avoid spoilage or wastage, and to bring home all their discards and leftover food.

The group also reminded visitors not to smoke or vape in the cemetery.

Citing a report from the Manila Department of Public Services, the EcoWaste Coalition said 35 truckloads of garbage from Manila North Cemetery, and 26 truckloads from Manila South Cemetery were collected from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 last year.

“With the cooperation of all sectors, including the local authorities, cemetery administrators, food concessionaires, street vendors, and the general public, we can reduce the volume of Undas trash and avoid another garbage overload in our jam-packed cemeteries,” the group said.

Health, environmental advocates urge not to burn trash in cemeteries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2019

Health and environmental advocates urge the public not to burn trash especially in cemeteries during the observance of Undas.

In a joint statement, public health expert Dr. Maricar Limpin and zero waste campaigner Jove Mendoza said there are health and environmental dangers in burning trash.

Exposure to these pollutants can cause breathing difficulties and trigger asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses, especially among children, the elderly and those already suffering from weakened immune systems,” Limpin said.

Meanwhile, Benosa reiterated that burning trash in public is prohibited. He said among the laws banning and penalizing open burning are Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, and Republic Act 8749, or the Clean Air Act.

“Instead of burning discards, we appeal to cemetery administrators and visitors to follow the provisions of RA 9003, which requires the segregation of discards at source and their ecological management such as by composting the biodegradables and recycling the recyclables,” said Benosa.—AAC

EcoWaste: Hazardous levels of lead discovered in public playgrounds across PHL

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019

The EcoWaste Coalition has raised concerns over the dangerous amount of lead found in several playground equipment in the country.

Based on the report of the eco-group, 50 out of 55 play equipment have total lead concentrations above 90 parts per million (ppm) which is the limit set by the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Their report also added that around 42 lead-coated playground equipment have dangerously high lead levels above 10,000 ppm.

Chemical Safety Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition Thony Dizon has raised the dangers of the lead-coated playground equipment.

“The paint will deteriorate with repeated use and exposure to sun and rain. This will cause the paint to peel and get into the dust and soil, which can be ingested by children through common hand-to-mouth behavior,” he said.

EcoWaste is also supporting United Nations’ campaign, the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action which is observed from October 20-26.—AAC

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