Slave to sachets - How poverty worsens the plastics crisis in the Philippines

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  • Tuesday, 03 Sep 2019

Children play on a boat docked on the garbage-filled shore of Baseco Beach in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - Armed with gloves, rubber boots and a rake, "Mangrove Warrior" Willer Gualva, 68, comes to Freedom Island in the Philippines almost every day to stop it being engulfed by trash.

No one lives on the island, yet each morning its shores are covered in garbage, much of it single-use sachets of shampoo, toothpaste, detergent and coffee that are carried out to sea by the rivers of overcrowded Manila.

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