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The UNWRAPPED Project’s toolkit. Exposing the health risk of food packaging chemicals


As part of the UNWRAPPED Project, Zero Waste Europe has developed a toolkit to throw a spotlight on the human health risks posed by plastics and other food packaging materials. The 9 factsheets present facts and figures about how disposable food packaging can be harmful to human health and call for corporate and decision-makers to put an end to single-use packaging and take a precautionary approach to use harmful chemicals that are known to migrate out of packaging and cause human health impacts.

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BFFP Campaign Toolkit


Since 2017, #breakfreefromplastic members and changemakers have organized brand audits to hold the top corporate plastic polluters accountable. This guide is for all brand audit organizers to leverage their brand audits and make a longer-term impact in their communities. Explore this resource to take your brand audit further and build a winning campaign!

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Brand Audit Toolkit


Mobilizing massive citizen muscle with a common mission so corporations can no longer frame the issue as one of only consumer responsibility

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Brand Audit Social Media Toolkit 2020


The highly anticipated “BRANDED Volume III: Demanding Corporate Accountability for Plastic Pollution” IS OUT. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s #BrandAudit2020,  which included 575 brand audit events from 55 countries across 6 continents!

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Brand Audit Social Media Toolkit 2019


The highly anticipated “BRANDED Volume II: Identifying the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters.” IS OUT. Congrats to everyone that participated in this year’s #BrandAudit2019 which spanned 484 cleanups from 50 countries and 6 continents

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We Choose Reuse


Let’s replace single-use plastic with reusable systems. Join the Reuse Revolution across Europe!

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REPORTS

REPORTS

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Fossil Fuel Racism: How Phasing Out Oil, Gas, and Coal Can Protect Communities


Fossil fuels — coal, oil, and gas — lie at the heart of the crises we face, including public health, racial injustice, and climate change. The Fossil Fuel Racism report synthesizes existing research and provides new analysis that finds that the fossil fuel industry contributes to public health harms that kill hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. each year and disproportionately endanger Black, Brown, Indigenous, and poor communities. The report argues that President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress have a historic opportunity to improve public health, tackle the climate crisis, and confront systemic racism at the same time by phasing out fossil fuel production and use.

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BRANDED Vollume III: Demanding Corporate Accountability


“BRANDED Volume III: Demanding Corporate Accountability for Plastic Pollution” is out, revealing the Top 10 Corporate Plastic Polluters of 2020. This year’s report features a Special Edition: Waste Picker Brand Audits as we put the spotlight on waste pickers around the globe and their vital contribution to managing the world’s plastic pollution crisis. BRANDED Volume III exposes how the plastic industry’s dirty decisions on packaging are impacting waste pickers’ livelihoods. Special thanks to the Break Free From Plastic members, allies and all 14,734 volunteers who conducted 575 brand audits across 55 countries. They collected 346,494 pieces of plastic waste, 63% of which was marked with a clear consumer brand.

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Malaysia is not a Garbage Dump


China’s ban on waste materials disrupted the global market for recyclable material, leading to an influx of waste to Southeast Asian countries. Research was carried out from November 2019 to March 2021 to examine the value chains of the import, transport, and processing of plastic waste in recycling facilities in Malaysia, and to trace the actors and agencies involved in regulating the chains. The aim of the research is to investigate the problem of illegality linked to imported plastic waste in the country.

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Illegal shipments of Italian municipal waste to Tunisia


Italy's shipments of municipal waste to Tunisia in 2020 shine a spotlight on persisting abuses in the global trade in plastic and other waste. In particular, this scandal highlights the role of problematic EU waste code 19 12 12 in these illegal shipments.

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Style Guide For Members

Break Free From Plastic is a global movement working to stop plastic pollution for good.

By linking together the many great initiatives happening all over the world, we demonstrate our size, diversity, and global reach. Using the logo and hashtag strengthens and amplifies our movement-wide message to #breakfreefromplastic!

RESOURCES

RESOURCES

How Plastic Production Pollutes Small Towns

Plastic pollutes at every step of the way but much of the consequences are hidden from view. We're pulling back the curtain to reveal the frontline communities being poisoned by plastic. This is The Story of Plastic. GET INVOLVED: https://www.storyofplastic.org

The Plastic Bag Diet

It's not that plastic waste in our world is mismanaged; it's that there is so much plastic being produced that it's unmanageable. Solutions start with reduction and prevention because by the time plastic enters the environment, it's already too late. GET INVOLVED: https://www.storyofplastic.org/

Manila’s Zero Waste Neighborhoods

Plastic polluted neighborhoods in Manila are taking things into their own hands by creating systemic zero waste programs that collect all recyclables, compost all organics, and push for corporate accountability. GET INVOLVED: https://www.storyofplastic.org/

Where Your Recycled Plastic Ends Up

The mass production of single-use plastic has put us in the biggest recycling crisis in history. LEARN MORE: https://www.storyofplastic.org/

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Ad Campaigns for Social Change

In this episode we talk with culture creator and social marketer Emma Riley, Strategic Partnership Director for Lonely Whale - the organization that helped put the plastic pollution issue on the mainstream map in a big way with their #stopsucking campaign in 2017.

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A giant leap towards Throw-Away-Free Living

The story of Berkeley's groundbreaking disposable foodware ordinance, w/ Martin Bourque, Berkeley Ecology Center & Miriam Gordon, UPSTREAM

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Culture Hacking the End of Plastic

From cigarettes to cups & concession stands, the history & future of changing social norms in America, w/ Matt Prindiville, UPSTREAM

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Will the real solutions please stand up?

Take a closer look at the real solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.

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