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Zero Waste Cities of Southeast Asia

by Janssen Calvelo, Southeast Asia Network Organizer, #breakfreefromplastic | February 11, 2021

Polluted beaches, plastic-clogged rivers, and marine animals washed up on shore with plastics found on their stomachs - these are just some of the pictures depicting the grim reality on the shores of Southeast Asia. Since 2015, Southeast Asia has been considered the world’s worst marine plastic polluter. Five countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia) ranked as part of the top ten countries polluting the oceans and seas with plastics and other wastes.

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Zero Waste in South Asia – Who’s responsible?

by Awantika Pal, South Asia Network Organizer, #breakfreefromplastic | February 10, 2021

Growing up amid the lush green hills in a small town in Nepal, my understanding of paradise was fairly simple - fresh air to breathe in and a clean environment to live in. However, with changes in time my definition of paradise has not only changed, but has vanished behind the harsh realities of waste and pollution.

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A Lifetime Polluted by Plastic

by Alex Gordon, Chair of the Eckerd Chapter of Florida PIRG Students | February 9, 2021

When I say the word “plastic” what immediately comes to your mind? Is it an image of the sea turtle and the straw? The bag you last used at a grocery store? A beach you know that’s coated in pollution? The manufacturing plant in your neighborhood? It’s likely a combination of these things. But one thing that rarely comes to people's mind..

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Shifting the Narrative in Asia Pacific

by Satyarupa Shekhar, Asia Pacific Coordinator, #breakfreefromplastic | January 15, 2021

It is quite frequently that we come across articles and papers that declare the Asia Pacific region as the biggest contributor to ocean plastic. Labelling these countries as polluters is both facetious and inaccurate. For decades, Global North businesses have used plastic in their products, packaging, and delivery despite knowing that no feasible and viable ways to collect and process the material post-consumer use exist.

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Time to take part in Plastic Atlas Photo Contest – BFFP AP and Heinrich Boell Stiftung

by admin | December 12, 2020

As Heinrich Boell Stiftung (hbs) Hong Kong Office and Break Free from Plastic Asia Pacific (BFFP AP) prepare to launch the Asian edition of our publication, Plastic Atlas, in early 2021, we are jointly organising a photo contest so that YOU too can raise awareness of Asia’s part in the plastic pollution crisis. 

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