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Zero Waste dreams in Hoi An

By Le Thi Trang, GreenViet Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet) Hoi An City and Cu Lao Cham Island have  been well known for starting the first plastic-free movement in VietNam in 2009. Its slogans such as “Cu Lao Cham Says No to Plastic Bags” and...

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Winning the war on waste

Photo blog contributed by Merci Ferrer, War or Waste (WOW) Negros Oriental Preventing the creation of waste is first and foremost in waste management.  In 2018, War on Waste (WOW) Negros Oriental mobilized groups and submitted petitions, urging the city...

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Sachets fuel plastic waste crisis in the Philippines

New GAIA report exposes big problems in small packets  Quezon City, Philippines (July 14, 2020) —New findings and recommendations for companies and policymakers to address the onslaught of plastic sachet waste were revealed in a new report, SACHET ECONOMY:...

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Latest Reports 

Did our Tingi Culture Pave the Way for Plastic Sachets?

By Sherma E Benosa In his essay, “A Heritage of Smallness,” National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin, wrote: “Enterprise for the Filipino is small stall: the sari-sari… Commerce for the Filipino is the smallest degree of retail: the tingi. What most...

Back to Basics

Multinational companies have been flooding the Philippines with plastic sachets, uprooting traditional packaging and delivery systems. It’s time to go back to what works.  By Sherma Benosa, Knowledge Management Officer, GAIA Asia Pacific Glaiza Lee, a writer in her...

Sachet Economy

Sachet Economy: Big Problems in Small Packets The report Sachet Economy: Big Problems in Small Packets looks into the sachet economy in the Philippines that continues to add to and worsen the growing plastics pollution problem, how the big businesses corrupted...

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