Philippines is the third worst polluter of the ocean — Greenpeace

The Philippines is the third worst polluter into the world’s oceans, environmental group Greenpeace revealed in a report released on September 22.

According to their report, the Philippines has already contributes 1.88 million tonnes of “mismanaged plastic waste” annually.

The environmental group also pointed out Western consumer giants in polluting oceans by selling products in cheap, disposable plastic to Filipinos who are depending on the “sachet economy”. Most products sold in the Philippines are packaged in single-use sachets like shampoo, instant coffee, food seasoning, and alike.

They claimed that Nestle, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble are among the worst offenders of taking care of the ocean.

“These corporations are the missing piece in the global fight against plastic pollution,” Greenpeace campaigner Abigail Aguilar said in a statement.

Nestle has already provided the environmental group details of their “environmental sustainability projects,” Greenpeace said.

However, Greenpeace said the solutions proposed by the Swiss transnational food and drink company were  “still promoting incineration and end-of-pipe solutions, while Greenpeace advocates for waste reduction and banning of single-use plastics altogether.”

On the other hand, Unilever and Procter & Gamble has yet to respond to Greenpeace’s call for solutions in water pollution, according to regional Greenpeace spokeswoman Angelica Pago.

China and Indonesia are the top polluters into the world ocean according to the report.

Source: Philippine Star

Photo credit: Nature World News

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