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Hi!

Thank you for taking the time to complete your profile! It’ll help us find more ways to support and amplify your organization’s efforts to end plastic pollution and also create more opportunities for you to participate in the movement on your own.

In the meantime, let’s stay in touch! Got any programs or activities that can benefit other #breakfreefromplastic members and their communities? Or maybe some crazy idea you think just might work? Feel free to get in touch anytime. You may send us through our website contact us or send a direct message to our global coordination team staff:

Skye, Community Engagement Manager at skye@breakfreefromplastic.org or Dawn, Global Coordinator Assistant and Membership Database Manager at dawn@breakfreefromplastic.org.

You may also reach out to our Communication Officers !

Hope to connect with you soon!

Cheers,

The #breakfreefromplastic global coordination team

Careers

JOB OPENINGS

 

Break Free From Plastic US Coordinator(s)

 

Reports to: Break Free From Plastic US Advisory Hub

Location: Flexible; the successful candidate should expect to travel nationally and internationally about 30% of the time.

Job Description:

Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, nearly 1,500 organizations from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. This growing movement works across the whole plastics value chain from extraction to disposal, focusing on prevention rather than cure, and supporting solutions rooted in the principles of environmental justice, social justice, public health, and human rights. Core to the BFFP approach is working to build solidarity between people around the world and among impacted communities.

This position at its core is about deepening connection and building power amongst our US-based movement members partners, which include communities impacted by extractive oil and chemical industries as well as organizations focused on policy, corporate campaigning, and hacking single-use culture. We are hiring two candidates to work together in this capacity, as well as a part-time administrative support position. The coordination team will be responsible for supporting and engaging deeply with existing members, bringing new members into the movement, and communicating and connecting between members and projects as the movement grows.

The successful candidate(s) will be an effective networker and organizer, who are excited by the opportunity to increase movement involvement and impact. The candidate(s) will be dedicated to building relationships of solidarity while supporting the planning and implementation of national strategies in collaboration with member environmental justice organizations, grassroots organizations, and other allies. The right candidate(s) will be comfortable with a high degree of flexibility and self-direction alongside oversight and support from the US Advisory Hub, a small committee (rather than a single individual). They will have experience navigating diverse interests and partnerships.

If this opportunity is intriguing to you, and you see yourself as competent in any number of the tasks below, we would love to hear from you.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support existing BFFP movement membership in the US through direct relationships and strategic inclusion in events, both virtual and in-person.
  • Identify and engage new members in the principles of BFFP.
  • Maintain accurate member lists, contact persons, and information across databases and in conjunction with global member lists.
  • Provide support to existing and new member-led working groups and joint projects.
  • Continue fundraising for the coordination of BFFP US movement.
  • Assist Working Groups and Project Teams, including supporting project fundraising proposals and potential new funders.
  • Coordinate with the broader BFFP movement in other parts of the world, global leadership, and the global communications team.
  • Support BFFP US Communications Officer to ensure alignment on messaging, convey journalist requests, and other emerging topics.
  • Ensure radical inclusion, Jemez principles, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integrated and upheld into all meetings and joint project spaces.
  • Coordinate trainings and capacity building as needed, both virtual and in-person.
  • Share written and verbal updates across Working Groups and members ensuring transparency and accountability.
  • Schedule and facilitate meetings and conversations (virtual and in-person).
  • Coordinate logistics and planning for 1-2 in-person meetings per year in various parts of the US.
  • Maintain overview of key events and identify speakers/representatives of BFFP-US movement, including coordinators and movement members (panels, presentations, etc.).
  • Manage regional coordination budget, including acting as a liaison between movement members and a fiscal sponsor (Earth Island Institute) across multiple project spaces.

Requirements:

  • Strong alignment and experience with principles of environmental justice, including DEI and the Jemez principles
  • 3-5 years of experience with effective community organizing
  • At least 3 years of experience in coalition/network advocacy and building with environmental justice organizations, grassroots organizations, and others.  
  • Significant experience and a successful track record working effectively across teams that are diverse by race, gender, and age.
  • Humor and humility in your approach to engaging with members and partners.
  • A high degree of attention to detail, especially with varying time zones.
  • Ability to thrive in a self-directed environment with flexibility and evolving priorities.
  • Ability to effectively deliver on expectations set with member organizations and a primary support team.
  • At least one of these positions will be filled by a candidate bilingual in Spanish.
  • Time zone flexibility (non-traditional work schedule) to meet regional and global needs.

Additional desired but not required expertise and capabilities include:

  • Strong advocacy experience on environmental issues.
  • Keen understanding of the plastic pollution supply chain and its key drivers, effective solutions, and current issue points
  • Understanding of principles of movement building
  • Experience working in the Gulf South region and/or other regions of the US facing fossil fuel extraction for plastics and petrochemical processing.

Salary & Benefits:

BFFP US is a project of the Earth Island Institute and the BFFP US Coordinator will be an employee of Earth Island Institute. The BFFP US Coordinator will be paid a competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience level. This is a full-time position with flexibility in location. It includes State of California medical benefits and the option for long-term disability insurance and 401 K plan.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, references (optional) and any other supporting

information to jobs@breakfreefromplastic.org with subject BFFP US Coordinator Position(s). Priority deadline May 15, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after that until the position is filled. Phone inquiries are not accepted.

Earth Island Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

About #breakfreefromplastic

#breakfreefromplastic is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, nearly 1,500 organizations from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. The vision of  #breakfreefromplastic is a world where the land, sky, oceans, and water is home to an abundance of life, not an abundance of plastic, and where the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is free of toxic by-products of plastic pollution. In this world the principles of environmental justice, social justice, public health, and human rights lead government policy, not the demands of elites and corporations. This is a future we believe in and are creating together.

To know more please visit: https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/.

 

#breakfreefromplastic Is Supercharging Coastal Cleanups With Brand Audits To Name Corporate Polluters

#breakfreefromplastic Is Supercharging Coastal Cleanups With Brand Audits To Name Corporate Polluters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brand audits highlight citizen action to hold polluters accountable, getting to the root cause of the plastic pollution crisis

Break Free From Plastic, the global movement working to stop plastic pollution, is taking coastal cleanups a step further – by naming the brands most responsible for the plastic pollution found on our beaches and beyond.

Throughout a global week of action, September 9-15, 2018, groups under the #breakfreefromplastic banner have collectively organized more than 180 cleanups in 49 countries to incorporate data on corporate plastic pollution found in communities across the world. These particular events will conclude on World Cleanup Day, September 15, and a report will follow citing brand responsibility for the plastic pollution found in nearly 150 cities around the globe. #breakfreefromplastic is looking forward to hosting more brand audits until coastal cleanup becomes of a thing of the past.

Corporations cannot greenwash their role out of the plastic pollution crisis and put the blame on people, all the time. Our brand audits make it clear which companies are primarily responsible for the proliferation of throwaway plastic that’s defiling nature and killing our oceans. Their brands provide undeniable evidence of this truth,” stated Von Hernandez, #breakfreefromplastic Global Coordinator.

From San Francisco, California to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, organizers are working in solidarity under the global #breakfreefromplastic banner. Nipe Fagio, a Break Free organization in Dar es Salaam, is no stranger to brand audits. In fact, the group is organizing cleanups at more than 30 sites across the city during World Cleanup Day to shape the future for a cleaner Tanzania. “Over 50% of waste collected during our beach cleanups in the last 6 months comprise of plastic that range from packaging materials and beverage bottles manufactured by MeTL group, to toothbrushes, straws and pens,” shares Navonaeli Omari-Kaniki, Program Coordinator at Nipe Fagio.

Brand audits are about creating corporate accountability for the plastic pollution that litters our oceans, waterways, and communities,” said Graham Forbes, Global Plastics Project Leader at Greenpeace. “For far too long, companies have put the onus on the individual to just recycle more, but we know that only 9 percent of plastics ever made have actually been recycled. It’s essential that these corporations take concrete steps to innovate away from single-use plastic. People all over the world will continue to hold them accountable until they do,” he added.

By categorizing and counting branded plastic packaging during cleanup efforts, #breakfreefromplastic is identifying the corporation’s most responsible for plastic pollution.

Corporations like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever, Starbucks, Procter & Gamble, and McDonald’s have a major role to play when it comes to plastic pollution. We are sold coffee, soda, chips, candy, sandwiches, shampoo, soap, and even fruits and vegetables packaged in throwaway plastic. It’s time for these corporations to take responsibility for single-use plastic,” said Stiv Wilson, Campaigns Director at The Story of Stuff Project.

As First Nations Peoples, we continue to resist corporate colonialism which profits from extractive economies and disposable plastic culture while pushing the burden of responsibility to community recycling and individual consumer choice,” stated Mati Waiya, Executive Director at the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation. “We maintain our traditional responsibilities to protect our homelands and waters – that includes holding corporations accountable for their role in generating this excessive waste,” Mati Waiya added.

#breakfreeformplastic is mobilizing massive citizen muscle with a common mission so corporations can no longer frame the issue as one of only consumer responsibility. The movement boasts nearly 1,300 groups working towards a similar goal of holding companies accountable for the plastic waste they produce.

It’s unfair for North American and European companies who earn billions of dollars annually to pass the burden of managing the waste of their products to communities and cities in the global south. These companies know full well that these countries lack the resources and capacity to handle this type of plastic waste in their systems,” stated Anne Larracas, Asia Pacific Managing Director at the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.

Member organizations of the #breakfreefromplastic movement involved in the global brand audit efforts include: Greenpeace International, Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres, EcoWaste Coalition, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Health Care Without Harm, Mother Earth Foundation, Nipe Fagio, The Story of Stuff Project, Zero Waste Montenegro, Amicas De La Terra Mallorca, CEJAD, PlastiCo Project, NESMAC-KITARA, Student PIRGs, Inland Ocean Coalition, Planeteers of Southern Maine, Instituto Argonauta Para Conservação Costeira e Marinha, People and the Sea, Rockefeller University, Científicos de la Basura, Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, and Let’s Do It World.

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To view the brand audit toolkit, click here.

To learn why brand audits are better than clean-ups, click here.

About #breakfreefromplastic:

#breakfreefromplastic is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, nearly 1,300 groups from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. These organizations share the common values of environmental protection and social justice, which guide their work at the community level and represent a global, unified vision.  www.breakfreefromplastic.org.

 

Press Contacts:

Shilpi Chhotray, #breakfreefromplastic (shilpi@breakfreefromplastic.org)

Claire Arkin, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (claire@no-burn.org)

Perry Wheeler, Greenpeace (perry.wheeler@greenpeace.org)

 

Highlights from past brand audits:

  • Sept 2017: Freedom Island, Philippines → Of the total waste collected during an 8-day cleanup and brand audit, half of it was plastic. 6 international brands including Nestle, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble are responsible for nearly 54% of plastic waste found during the Freedom Island brand audit.
  • March-September 2017: Bandung City, Cimahi City, and Bandung Regency, Indonesia → A total of 8,101 plastic waste items were collected from an 8-day waste assessment and characterization study. Top plastic polluters include: PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur Tbk, PT Santos Jaya Abadi, PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk, PT Mayora Indah Tbk, Wings Corporation, PT Djarum, Group Danone, PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna Tbk., Orang Tua (OT), PT Garudafood Putra Putri Jaya.
  • May 16-26, 2018: 18 states in India → Of the total waste collected, 46,100 pieces of plastic waste were branded, of which 47.5% were multilayer plastic packaging which can neither be recycled nor composted. Pepsi Co was found to be the top multinational brand responsible for the plastic waste crisis in the territories audited, followed by Unilever and Coca Cola. Results were published in time for World Environment Day, June 5.
  • June 1, 2018: 5 cities in the Philippines → Over the course of a 12-month period found that single-use plastic packaging from multinational companies such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, PT Mayora, Colgate-Palmolive, and Coca-Cola comprised almost three-fourths of all collected residual waste.