Publiko, muling binalaan sa pagbili ng mga panregalo na may nakalalasong kemikal
admin • February 14, 2013 • 2444
Ayon kay Thony Dizon, ang Project Coordinator ng Ecowaste Coalition, kalimitan sa mga gift items na nagtataglay ng mapanganib na kemikal ay may makukulay na disenyo. (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – Muling nagbabala ang Ecowaste Coalition sa publiko hinggil sa mga ibinebentang panregalo na nagtataglay ng mga nakalalasong kemikal.
Ayon sa grupo, sinuri nila ang nasa 38 gift items na nabili sa mga bangketa at malls at 29 sa mga ito ang nag-positibo sa kemikal na lead na nakasasama sa kalusugan lalo na sa mga bata.
Ayon kay Thony Dizon, ang Project Coordinator ng Ecowaste Coalition, kalimitan sa mga gift items na nagtataglay ng mapanganib na kemikal ay may makukulay na disenyo.
Bukod sa gift items, nagtataglay rin ng lead at mercury ang mga mumurahing cosmetic products na maaaring magdulot ng skin discoloration, pamamantal at skin diseases na maaaring mauwi sa bacterial at fungal infection.
“Commulative ang ganitong klaseng exposure sa chemicals, it stays in the body so as long as napakahina na ng immune system natin dun magsisismulang mag-trigger yung epekto ng chemicals na yan,” pahayag ni Dizon.
Payo pa ng grupo sa mga mamimili na hangga’t maaari ay iwasang bumili ng mga katulad na bagay upang makaiwas sa panganib.
Nanawagan rin ang Ecowaste Coalition sa pamahalaan na isailalim ang mga produkto sa mahigpit na quality control upang hindi na makarating sa mga pamilihan. (Grace Casin & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
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 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
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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