April 2, 2007, 4:17 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

think green has moved here.



Earn Money in Used Batteries
March 31, 2007, 4:37 am
Filed under: environment, garbage

“…  or trade it in for big discounts.

Simply trade in your used car / truck / jeep / generator batteries (any brand) at your nearest Motolite dealer to earn instant cash or get big discounts when you purchase new Motolite batteries.

Trade-in value as of March 1, 2007:

LM7 – PhP 100.00, NS40 – PhP 120.00, DIN55/1SN/Ns60 – PhP 160.00, 1SM – PhP 170.00, 2SM – PhP 200.00, DIN66 – PhP 190, G58 – PhP 210.00, G65 – PhP 180.00, G34 – PhP 220.00, 6SM – PhP 340.00, 2D – 430.00, 4D – PhP 530.00, 8D -PhP 670.00, PT110 – PhP 340.00

Do your share in saving the environment:

Used batteries can be harmful to the environment when handled improperly, and should only be handled by licensed and authorized recycling facilities.  Let’s do our share by directing used and junk batteries to authorized Motolite dealers.  Used batteries will be recycled by Philippine Recyclers Inc. (PRI), the country’s only ISO-14001 certified and environmentally-compliant recycling facility.  You earn your cash while protecting the environment.  So start trading those batteries now.

A project of the Philippine Recyclers, Inc., Sponsored by Motolite Batteries and Motolite Express Hatid”

**  ad is posted at The Philippine Star (March 31 issue, page 20). 

Solid Waste: Ways of Minimizing its Accumulation
March 29, 2007, 5:05 am
Filed under: environment, garbage

The effect of increased solid wastes in our surroundings is always considered to be a major problem in the country. The government and institutions are trying to solve this problem in ways that are sustainable enough to reduce the amount of generated wastes.

One of the effective ways of controlling waste generation is through source reduction. Source reduction can be a successful method of reducing waste generation. Practices such as backyard composting, two-sided copying of paper, and transport packaging reduction by industry have yielded substantial benefits through source reduction.

Source reduction has many environmental benefits. It prevents emissions of many greenhouse gases, reduces pollutants, saves energy, conserves resources, and reduces the need for new landfills and combustors [Official Website of United States of America (USA) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2004].

One more way of reducing wastes generated is through recycling which is the effective reuse of products and it diverts items, such as paper, glass, plastic, and metals, from the waste stream.

These materials are sorted, collected, and processed and then manufactured, sold, and bought as new products (Official Website of US-EPA, 2004). In the country, there are already known companies that practice the effective recycling and reuse of waste materials into creative and artistic products such as bags, pen holders, tables and chairs and are successful in local and international market.

Another form of recycling is composting. Composting is the controlled biological decomposition of organic matter, such as food and yard wastes, into humus, a soil-like material. Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic waste into new soil, which can be used in vegetable and flower gardens, landscaping, and many other applications (Official Website of US-EPA, 2004).

There are many discussions and suggestions on ways of reducing our generated wastes and it is not new to us. However, the most important step in solving these problems comes from us initially.

Solid waste reduction can be observed in simple ways that do not require much effort. One example would be carrying your own bags and used plastic bags when going to shop in the market or malls. In this way, extra plastic bags provided by the stores will not end up as another wasted solid material in the future.

A little creativity can also help to transform these waste materials into a wonderful creation, which can be of use and can be a start of a small business. With crafts as part of the option, proper waste segregation observed in the office or at home can be very helpful to junk dealers and recyclers that reuse these materials and make good business.

Author: Ms. Alma Arcena, Miriam College, for SWARMPlan News.

An Invitation: Baga’t Hangin Musikahan 2007
March 28, 2007, 7:53 am
Filed under: air, environment

…  an Earth Day Celebration Call for Clean Air and Good Health.


See yah!

Let’s Care for our Air Videos
March 25, 2007, 7:37 am
Filed under: air, environment

Here are links to the “Let’s Care for our Air” series of videos, produced for the Clean Air Month, aired at MYX23 and ABS-CBN.

Christian Bautista on Open Burning of Garbage (2.4mb)

Heart Evangelista on Smoking (2.2mb)

Lou Bonnevie on smoke-belching vehicles (2.2mb)

and the Australian Youth Ambassadors on environmental youth action (2.1mb)

The videos were produced by Dimitri Productions for EMB-DENR.

International Association of Business Communicators Awards Community-Based Ecological Solid Waste Management Project
March 21, 2007, 7:49 am
Filed under: garbage

The Community-Based Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (CBESWMP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) became recipient to the Merit Award on Communication Management – Economic, Social, and Environmental Development Division at the Gold Quill Awards of the International Association of Business Communicators-Philippines.


The Program, in partnership with the National Solid Waste Management Commission-Secretariat (NSWMC) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), served as catalyst for local government units to fulfill the mandates of the Republic Act No. 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 through a bottom-up approach using 10 pilot areas in 11 barangays in Metro Manila.   These pilot areas now serve as showcases of the successful implementation of ecological solid waste management, which other communities could emulate.

The Program has also produced several key information and education campaign materials, including the RA9003 poster, the “Basura Kid at Iba Pa” comic book, and the Solid Waste Management Made Easy Handbook (for households) and Fieldbook (for local government units and ESWM implementers).  These materials have been developed to ensure the sustainability and replicability of the Program, and are in fact, being reproduced by ESWM stakeholders nationwide, including SM Malls and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. 

The Gold Quill Awards was held at the Philippine International Convention Center last March 16, 2007. To date, the success of the CBESWM Program continues as five out of the ten pilot sites qualified in the Nationwide Search for Model Barangays on Eco-Waste Management 2006-07. 

War for the World
March 16, 2007, 2:32 pm
Filed under: environment

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Earth Day Network Philippines will be leading the celebration of the Earth Day this coming April 22, with a vision to aggressively campaign for a concerted effort from all sectors of the society to sustainably manage the environment. 

Theme for the year is “Stewardship in Action” focusing on green governance, green sacraments, green economics, and green choices. 

Campaign would be against seven eco battles:  for clean air, for clean water, for water security, for sustainable resource extraction, for biodiversity conservation, for climate change reversal, and for garbage free communities.

Anyway, as part of the celebration, there will be a free concert (Earth Jam 2007) called Baga’t Hangin Musikahan 2007:  An Earth Day Celebration for Clean Air and Good Health.  Artists like Lou Bonnevie, the Pinikpikan, True Faith, and Brownman Revival are to grace the event, along with, of course, environmentalists. Unity for Mother Earth.