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Campaigns & Policy Work In Action

Take a look at #breakfreefromplastic in action around the globe!

Asia Pacific Region

Bangladesh
#breakfreefromplastic member organization Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) was the pioneer organization against the use of polythene bags. In 1992, ESDO launched a nationwide anti-polythene campaign. After ten years, the Ministry of Environment and Forest of Bangladesh finally banned polythene bags!
Philippines
There is a threat on the Philippines’ nationwide ban against incinerators or burning of wastes as some Filipino legislators moves to repeal key provisions of the country’s Clean Air Act. #breakreefrommovement member orgs in the Philippines led by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific, Ecowaste Coalition Philippines, Mother Earth Foundation Philippines and Healthcare Without Harm Asia launched an alliance together with other groups to show a united front against incinerators and waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities. 

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Indonesia
Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik first campaigned for the #payforplastic campaign in 2013 to encourage retailers not to provide free plastic bags. In 2015, the petition then developed gained support fromt he President and the Head of Regions to create a plastic bag diet rule in retail shops. This petition to date has reached 70,000 more support, both online and offline. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry eventually imposed a paid plastic bag policy.

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Hongkong

Greeners Action of Hong Kong led the campaign on “Umbrella Bags Reduction Certification Program”. It is an initiative that encourages shopping malls to reduce the use of one off umbrella plastic bags during rainy season. So far, shopping malls have implemented measures like installing umbrella dryers, setting up umbrella racks and umbrella plastic bag recycle and reusable bin!

United States & Latin America Region

Coke, Don’t Choke Our Oceans! | Greenpeace
Ocean plastic pollution is on the of the greatest threats that our oceans face. Plastic bottles are on the most commonly found items on the ocean’s surface and on beach cleans. Coca Cola are the world’s largest soft drinks company – we estimate that they produce over 110 billion single use plastic bottles every year. We are calling on Coca-Cola’s global CEO to switch to reduce the amount of plastic used in its packaging and to invest in new innovative drink delivery systems.

    In the latest part of Greenpeace’s global campaign to get Coca Cola to reduce their enormous plastic footprint, Greenpeace UK’s life-size polar bear puppet, Paula, turned up in Piccadilly Circus, London, to hijack Coke’s newly upgraded giant advertising screen. At 3 pm a snow machine arrived with a 5m long, 3m high Christmas present in ‘Choke’ branded wrapping paper which, when opened, revealed Paula on top of an ice floe polluted with discarded Coke plastic bottles. The event also included a Xmas choir singing variations on Coke advertising jingles.

Save Texas Bag Ordinances | Texas Campaign for the Environment
A dozen Texas cities passed local ordinances on single-use bag pollution. Laredo’s ordinance was challenged in state courts by the Laredo Merchant’s Association. The case has gone all the way up to the Texas Supreme Court. It’s the first state supreme court in the U.S. to take up the legality of these ordinances. After the oral arguments on January 11, the Court can rule at all time

Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program

Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program works with the restaurant community to recognize and promote ocean-friendly practices for the protection of our ocean, coasts and planet. One restaurant, one customer at a time, increases awareness, drives change in behavior and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic and water footprint. Support Surfrider Foundation!

Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics program

Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics program is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics. Support Surfrider Foundation!

Say no to Dow’s Dirty Energy Bag!

Dow Chemical and Keep America Beautiful’s latest greenwashing stunt, the Hefty Energy Bag, encourages residents in Omaha and other cities to collect their non-recyclable plastic in an orange bag where they will be “recycled” or “turned into valuable energy resources.” In reality, these plastics are sent to a cement kiln to be burned, emitting toxic chemicals, or turned into fuel, which will then be burned. We need reduction, not combustion of non-recyclable plastics. Support GAIA!

Rethink Disposable: Stop Waste Before it Starts

In 2011, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund launched ReThink Disposable an award winning and results driven program that works in partnership with municipal stormwater and zero waste agencies to engage food businesses, institutions (academic and corporate campuses), and consumers to minimize disposable take-out food and beverage packaging at the source. The program creates win-win opportunities for businesses and the environment by identifying money saving practices to reduce single-use food and beverage packaging. Auditors work with participating businesses and institutions to implement ReThink Disposable’s Best Management Practices (BMPs) for source reduction. All disposable packaging targeted for reduction is tracked and measured through an audit process and program impacts, such as the number and percent of disposable packaging eliminated, waste prevention, greenhouse gas reductions, payback period and cost savings are calculated. To date, the program has engaged 125 small, locally owned and operated food businesses around the San Francisco Bay Area and five institutions in reducing disposable products usage by over 15 million items and preventing over 125 tons of waste each year.  ReThink Disposable won the 2015 Governor’s Economic and Environmental Leadership Award (CA) and the 2016 California Resource Recovery Association’s Outstanding Waste Prevention Award.  Several businesses participants have received awards and recognition from local government agencies, mayors, and city councils. ReThink Disposable will see a burst of program growth in the San Francisco Bay Area in the coming 2018-2020 years with funding in place for 200 new certified food businesses and institutions. We are expanding into Southern California and Clean Water Action offices in New Jersey and Rhode Island. To learn more about the program, please visit www.rethinkdisposable.org. Support Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund!

5 Gyres: Nix the 6

Polysytrene products are everywhere, from coffee cup lids to straws, cutlery and cups (even SOLO cups). Expanded polystyrene foam—commonly known as “Styrofoam”—is basically polystyrene that’s expanded with air. You can identify polystyrene and expanded polystyrene foam by the number “6” on the bottom of a product. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans use 25 billion expanded polystyrene coffee cups each year—and many of their lids are polystyrene, too. When you Nix the 6, you pledge to refuse these single-use plastics.

Pledge to refuse single use plastics and get rid of #sneakystyrene!

A Strawless Ocean l Lonely Whale
  Lonely Whale’s For A Strawless Ocean serves as a roadmap for any individual, community or organization to spearhead a plastic straw-free movement. In the US alone an estimated 500 million single-use plastic straws are used daily and are one of the top 10 plastic items found in global beach cleanups year after year. In addition to guidelines and best practices, For A Strawless Ocean provides an open-source brand identity, campaigning guidebook, an Artificial Intelligence-powered chatbot, free customizable marketing and venue materials, staff training materials, and resources for discounts on Lonely Whale-vetted alternative straws. #BreakFreeFromPlastic and join the movement For A #StrawlessOcean!

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Europe & Africa

Rethink Plastic takes on European plastics policy
Europe is the world’s second largest plastic producer and the vast use of plastic is growing yearly – but now we have a chance to clean up our act. The EU Commission recently passed the EU plastics strategy. This could mean real change for better or a bitter disappointment. The EU wants to fight the waste problem, but behind the scenes, the plastic lobby is fighting for its interests – for example, against bans on single-use plastic. It’s up to us to tip the balance.  It’s high time to rid the seas and rivers from being flooded with millions of tons of plastic waste. We ask you to stop the trashing of our oceans and to commit to the vision of a world free of plastic pollution. This means setting ambitious goals to reduce the production and use of plastic. You will also need to ensure that plastic is made toxics-free and that recycling greatly increases. Join the Call for reduction, redesign, and better management of plastics.

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Plastic Bag Free Day
The International Plastic Bag Free Day is a unique opportunity to spread the word that a plastic bag free world is possible and that sound environmental alternatives to single use plastic bags are available.

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