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JULY 2022
Dr Mao Da of the Shenzhen Zero Waste / Toxics Free Corps shares about their work on chemical safety and detoxifying E-commerce in China. The podcast covers the organizational vision, mission, strategy, successful cases and future outlook for investigating toxic chemicals in consumer products and pushing the major e-commerce platform companies in China to deliver their duties to protect the environment and public health.
Action for Carcinogen-Free Korea lauds the notable decisions adopted at the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) conventions on the management of hazardous substances particularly, the decision to Ban PFHxS use. The persistent organic compound PFHxS is a perfluorinated chemical and around 80 chemicals related to this are listed as prohibited substances.
BAN Toxics! Philippines encourages the public to switch to environment-friendly bags during their event, in celebration of the International Plastic Bag Free Day on July 3. Volunteer mothers and “BT Patrollers” showcase different reusable and eco-friendly bags made of natural materials, such as bamboo, rattan, pandan, coco, and palm leaves, and recycled ones like textiles and katsa, to encourage the public to switch to reusable alternatives. 
Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association in Taiwan and its partners call to reduce plastic use as a sign of respect for the sea and to reduce garbage thrown at the beaches as they conducted a beach clean-up. During the activity, the organization let the participants witness the excessive waste thrown into the sea and realize the importance of practicing a plastic-reducing life. The NGO emphasizes that #sourceplasticreduction can reduce resource consumption and environmental pollution.
綠領行動 Greeners Action raises the alarm as the newly established Environment and Ecology Bureau, mentioned that to achieve carbon neutrality in waste management by 2025, they plan to intensify efforts to promote waste reduction at source and speed up the construction of incinerators. The NGO emphasizes the need to focus on minimizing waste and developing community-led recycling industries and raises questions about why incinerator proposals are popping up everywhere.
Lê Thanh Phong of the Climate Change Institute (CCI), formerly known as the Research Center for Rural Development, An Giang University, Vietnam, and co-authors share their newly released study Assessment of Traditional Rice-Based Farming Systems for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong Delta. The study was published by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research for Agriculture (SEARCA).
Mageswari Sarangalingam of CAP Malaysia shared about how their organization is working on influencing the Malaysian government to adopt a lead paint law. During the Lead in Paint Community of Practice discussion entitled “Preparing for the 10th International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week", Mages also shared about their various research work, media advocacy, awareness-raising campaigns, and building alliances with key stakeholders – including collaborating with paint manufacturing association in their country. 
GAIA Asia Pacific, EcoWaste Coalition, Greenpeace Philippines, Mother Earth Foundation, Plastic Free Pilipinas and other partners celebrate #PlasticFreeJuly in the Philippines by organizing photo exhibit and booths of participating eco-friendly stores. Participants were also invited to also share or learn more about zero waste initiatives.
EcoWaste Coalition releases the results of their latest study on toxic metals in lipsticks sold in the market. For its latest market investigation on lip cosmetics conducted in June-July 2022, the EcoWaste Coalition purchased 225 samples representing 26 brands, including counterfeits, from online dealers and from retailers in Angeles, Cagayan de Oro, Caloocan, Davao, Gapan, Iligan, Lipa, Makati, Manila, and Pasay Cities. 
Of the 225 samples analyzed using Olympus M Vanta Series X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device , 95 lipsticks (42%) were found to contain lead levels exceeding the 20 parts per million (ppm) limit, 57 had arsenic higher than 5 ppm (25%), 6 had cadmium beyond 5 ppm (2%), and 3 had mercury above 1 ppm (1%).  Fifty-eight of the samples were found contaminated with two to three toxic metals.
 
Regional Updates
A plan to build a waste incinerator somewhere in Seoul is running into resistance, accordingly, exacerbating the capital city's growing garbage problem. Since 2018, the city of Gwangju in Gyeonggi has pushed to establish a facility in its Gonjiam County that can incinerate 250 tons of waste a day, but met with resistance from residents of Icheon, a nearby city.  Suwon in Gyeonggi is trying to refurbish the old Yeongtong incinerator, but residents filed a lawsuit to block it.
Japan's nuclear regulator officially approved a plan to discharge into the sea contaminated but "since-treated water" accumulating at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the northeast. The government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Holdings Inc. will start construction of discharge facilities after gaining consent from localities hosting the plant, but fishing communities in Japan oppose the plan out of fear of reputational damage to the seafood industry.
South Korea and China have expressed concerns about the discharge as well.
Thailand environmental minister has ordered officials to coordinate with customs department towards repatriation of the illegal municipal waste imports from Australia. The imported waste in question is 130 tons of municipal wastes which should have been classified under 3825.10.00 - which is banned from importation to Thailand since 2019. The waste was declared as as “waste paper-mixed paper”, under the Customs Code 4704.90.00. The importing company informed authorities that such wastes were imported for paper production. "Plastic scraps" in such wastes would be sent to a cement plant in Prachin Buri province, east Thailand.
INVITATION
IPEN SEA Virtual Regional Strategy Workshop
The regional strategy workshop aims to develop a regional strategic document that will represent the main directions of the program of activities of the participating organizations in the SEA region. It will cover the regional contributions to the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (BRS), the Minamata Convention, plastics/ plastics  treaty,  and to the overall IPEN goal.
Available simultaneous interpretation Bahasa and Vietnamese.
Kindly register here to attend the workshop - https://bit.ly/SEA_RSworkshop.
 
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