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Hazardous Chemicals Found in Plastic Products in Africa


Both the African environment and the human health of Africans suffer from toxic chemicals and imported wastes more than in developed countries. Africa has become the destination of illegal toxic waste exports and, as this study shows, toxic chemicals are also present in toys, kitchen utensils, and other consumer products sold at African markets.

Lead Organization: IPEN, Arnika

Author: Jindrich Petrlik, Lee Bell, Bjorn Beeler, Marketa Møller

Published on: June 2021

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Toxic Chemicals in Plastic Waste Poisoning People in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe & Latin America


Virtually all plastics contain hazardous chemical additives. Most of the plastic waste exported from wealthy countries to countries with developing economies or economies in transition is landfilled, burned, or dumped into waterways. All of these disposal methods result in highly toxic emissions that remain in the environment for decades and build up in the food chain. This report demonstrates how these plastic waste handling methods end up poisoning local populations

Lead Organization: IPEN, Arnika

Author: Jindrich Petrlik, Lee Bell, Bjorn Beeler, Marketa Møller, Miroslava Jopkova

Published on: June 2021

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Natural Gas Liquids: Fracking’s Hazardous Plastics and Pollution Scheme


The deluge of fracked natural gas has unleashed a dangerous buildout of wells, storage facilities and pipelines, worsening climate change and spreading a toxic web of pollution throughout the United States. As companies have looked for ways to absorb the excess natural gas, hedge against an electrified future and ensure fossil fuel dependence, they have turned to reliable moneymakers: a fracking byproduct known as natural gas liquids (NGLs), and the petrochemical facilities that rely on it. But a petrochemicals buildout fueled by NGLs means more plastic and more pollution — and a step backward for climate at a time when we should be taking the most aggressive action

Lead Organization: Food and Water Watch

Author: Food and Water Watch

Published on: June 2021

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Reuse Wins


In the report, we review the life-cycle studies comparing the environmental impacts of disposables versus reusables, the economic data available on savings to businesses, and we project the growth opportunities for the sector for investors and entrepreneurs.

Lead Organization: UPSTREAM

Author: Miriam Gordon

Published on: June 2021

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Plastic Atlas Asia Edition


The Plastic Atlas Asia Edition has the hard facts, data and figures to prove that the story of plastic that industry is telling us is a myth. We need urgent and drastic reductions in plastic production and consumption and regulation at the local, national, regional and global level that tackle plastic pollution at the source.Check out the "Mapping Asia's Plastic Crisis" podcast with Sustainable Asia and Heinrich Boell Foundation here.

Lead Organization: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Author: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Published on: April 2021

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What We Waste


Tracking 20 years of growth in international drinks container wastage, and how refillables and deposit return systems can reverse this trend.

Lead Organization: Reloop

Author: Jason Wilcox, James Mackenzie

Published on: April 2021

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