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Celebrating Black Community Leadership on Juneteenth

by admin | June 19, 2021

Break Free From Plastic works to envision a future free from plastic pollution that advances environmental justice, social justice, and racial justice all together as part of a single, globally-connected Movement for Justice. The plastic pollution crisis disproportionately impacts communities of color, including particular harm that the petrochemical industry does to Black, Latinx, and Indigenous […]

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188 groups say it’s time to ‘make the throw-away go away’

by Estelle Eonnet | February 17, 2021

Before the 1950s and 60s, the majority of the products we produced and consumed were built to last. Milk bottles made of glass were returned and sterilized for re-use, restaurants offered ceramic plates and stainless-steel cutlery and the plastic bag was yet to be invented.

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NGOs call on Environment Ministers of the EU member states to stop the plastic flood

by Estelle Eonnet | December 16, 2020

When meeting with your fellow Environment Ministers of the EU Member States on December 17th in Brussels, we urge you to take a decisive stand against plastic waste – hazardous to human health and the environment. Across the EU, an increasing number of disposable packaging and products, some of which are toxic, are being brought to market. At the same time, reusable products represent only a minor share, and high-quality and toxic-free recycling is not gaining any traction.

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New Federal Law green lights plastic waste export for burning

by admin | November 18, 2020

The Australian government’s much touted Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill is being debated in the Federal Senate this week, establishes a legal framework to repackage Australia’s plastic waste as fuel and send it to poor countries to burn. It also subsidises industries that process plastic waste into fuels’ to burn in cement kilns and incinerators in Australia. The new Bill undermines efforts to move to a circular economy that Australian citizens have been led to expect that this bill would deliver.

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Quick to commit but slow to change, Corporations are making little progress upscaling towards a circular economy for plastics

by Emma Priestland | November 5, 2020

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has released its second annual report for 2020. Companies are still focusing on more recycling of single-use plastics, despite the fact that the recycling system is clearly broken.

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