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Branded, Vol II Identifying the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters


By combining hard data, citizen science, and community organizing, brand audits have become a powerful tool for recording and tracking down the companies responsible for polluting the planet with plastic. Participants catalogued almost 8,000 brands for this year’s global audit. This report reveals the Top 10 Global Polluters of 2019.

Lead Organization: Break Free From Plastic Members

Author: Sybil Bullock

Published on: October 2019

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No time to waste: Tackling the plastic pollution crisis before it’s too late


This report describes the environmental destruction, sickness, mortality, and damage to livelihoods that the plastic pollution crisis is causing. It outlines the problem – namely- the huge recent increase in the production and distribution of single-use plastics, and its expansion across the globe to countries lacking the capacity to collect, manage and recycle waste. And it spells out the solutions.

Lead Organization: Tearfund, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), WasteAid and The Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Author: Mari Williams, Rich Gower, Joanne Green

Published on: May 2019

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Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet


This report provides a detailed overview of the health impacts associated with plastic at every stage of its supply chain and lifecycle, and it reveals the numerous exposure routes through which human health is impacted at each stage. It details the physical impacts of ingesting, inhaling, and touching plastic, as well as the toxic chemicals associated with those plastic particles, whether chemical additives, processing agents, or byproducts of plastic.

Lead Organization: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), UPSTREAM

Author: David Azoulay, Priscilla Villa, Yvette Arellano, Miriam Gordon, Doun Moon, Kathryn Miller, Kristen Thompson

Published on: February 2019

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Branded, Vol 1 In Search of the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters


By adding “brand audits” to the cleanups, the teams catalogued thousands of parent companies marketing many thousands more consumer brands found as plastic pollution collected in the countries represented. Our analysis of that data reveals the Top Polluters worldwide from participating brand audits. This report reinforces the need for corporations to accept responsibility for the full life-cycle impacts of their products and the packaging in which their products are sold.

Lead Organization: Break Free From Plastic Members

Author: Jane Patton

Published on: October 2018

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Chlorine Building Materials Phase 1 ( A Global Inventory of Production Technologies, Markets, and Pollution)


This report, Phase 1 of HBN’s global inventory, covers the 86 largest chlor-alkali plants and 56 largest PVC plants in the Western Hemisphere, Africa, and Europe. It analyzes chlorine markets with an emphasis on the PVC supply chain, chlorine production technologies, and pollution associated with the production of chlorine and chlorine-based products.

Lead Organization: Healthy Building Network

Author: Jim Vallette

Published on: July 2018

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Trash in America (Moving from Destructive Consumption to a Zero-Waste System)


A zero-waste economy is possible. By reducing consumption, increasing the reuse and repair of goods, and recycling and composting all remaining materials, the U.S. can create zero waste.

Lead Organization: U.S. PIRG, Frontier Group, Toxics Action Center

Author: Abi Bradford, Sylvia Broude, Alexander Truelove

Published on: February 2018

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