On April 20, 2023 local time, a "river warrior" collects plastic waste in the San Juan River in Manila, Philippines. According to reports, multinational corporations lure low-income consumers in developing countries such as the Philippines into purchasing and often purchase small quantities of fast moving consumer goods packaged in cheap disposable plastic as part of a strategy to increase market share and profits. According to the 2022 Brand Audit Report by environmental organization Break Free From Plastic, Coca Cola, Philip Morris International, Global Robina, Philippine Mineral Water, and Japan Tobacco are the most serious plastic polluters in the country.
On April 19, 2023 local time, a ship docked on a beach filled with plastic waste on Liberty Island in Paranac, Manila, Philippines. According to a 2021 report by Oxford University's "Looking at the World with Data", the Philippines is the world's largest marine polluter, contributing one-third of the 80% of global marine plastic from Asian rivers. Poverty has led to the Philippines becoming a "small bag economy", consuming 163 million small bags per day, exacerbating marine plastic pollution in the region. Garbage accumulates on land, clogs coastlines, flows into the ocean, and flows to remote areas around the world because the country has failed to achieve the goal of improving garbage management signed more than 20 years ago.
On April 19, 2023 local time, a beach on Liberty Island in Paranack, Manila, Philippines was filled with plastic waste.
On April 20, 2023 local time, plastic waste generated by Virgie Losanga's home in Quezon, Manila, Philippines within a week. I hope the government can put pressure on these companies to provide better packaging for their products while maintaining low prices, "said Virgie Losanga.
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