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Celebrating Zero Waste in Asia Pacific

by Janssen Calvelo, Southeast Asia Network Organizer, #breakfreefromplastic | March 10, 2021

As governments plan for the post-pandemic transition, the need to build more sustainable local economies, strengthen public health, and use resources efficiently is necessary now more than ever. Overwhelming evidence of the throwaway culture has shown that we must reevaluate how we handle our waste management systems, especially during such times of global upheaval where ordinary environmental health efforts cannot address the demands of the current situation.

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Members in the Spotlight: Surfrider Foundation Europe

by Estelle Eonnet | February 26, 2021

My name is Diane Beaumenay-Joannet. I’m one of two coordinators of the Break the Plastic Wave campaign of Surfrider Foundation Europe, together with Cristina Barreau, Marine Litter Coordinator. I’m based in Paris (France). I also spent half of my time as a marine litter policy officer, working hard to influence French politics and policies to protect the Ocean from pollution and fight against plastic pollution.

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Cleanups: the gateway to a zero waste community

by Seema Prabhu, Trash Hero World’s Programme Director | February 19, 2021

Trash Hero volunteers have been picking up trash every week for just over 7 years, racking up some 12,000 cleanups in more than 170 locations worldwide and removing 1870 metric tons of rubbish from beaches, riversides, and other public spaces.

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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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