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Japan’s plastic waste exports – and how to slow them down

Japan has long been Asia’s biggest plastic packaging waste producer. Often lauding Japan for its comprehensive waste management system and clean environment, the international media has turned a blind eye to its continued waste exports to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Globally, the enforcement of the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments has been […]

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See how school programmes in India are inspiring children to go plastic free

Teachers are in the position to support the critical thinking of students, especially when it comes to taking action related to the plastic problems and its impacts. Even if plastic is blatantly problematic, educators are also concerned with the extra work needed to implement the plastic discussion on the school curriculum. And that’s why Wasteless, […]

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Member story: China Zero Waste Alliance

As a customer, you’re probably aware that most of the products you use daily — from high-end smartphones to low-cost holiday decorations — are manufactured in China. Yes, everything is manufactured in China. However, you may be unaware that China is also a significant contributor to global plastic pollution. In fact, China is the world’s […]

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Japan’s plastic waste exports – and how to slow them down

Japan has long been Asia’s biggest plastic packaging waste producer. Often lauding Japan for its comprehensive waste management system and clean environment, the international media has turned a blind eye to its continued waste exports to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Globally, the enforcement of the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments has been […]

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See how school programmes in India are inspiring children to go plastic free

Teachers are in the position to support the critical thinking of students, especially when it comes to taking action related to the plastic problems and its impacts. Even if plastic is blatantly problematic, educators are also concerned with the extra work needed to implement the plastic discussion on the school curriculum. And that’s why Wasteless, […]

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Member story: China Zero Waste Alliance

As a customer, you’re probably aware that most of the products you use daily — from high-end smartphones to low-cost holiday decorations — are manufactured in China. Yes, everything is manufactured in China. However, you may be unaware that China is also a significant contributor to global plastic pollution. In fact, China is the world’s […]

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Educators for a Plastic-free Future

Break Free From Plastic launched the Plastics Education Training Program MANILA (September 30, 2022) – Today, 110 educators from 32 countries joined the pilot of the Plastic-free Education Training Program launched by #breakfreefromplastic (BFFP). Since 2019, BFFP has been working with administrators, teachers, and students in shifting their schools away from single-use plastic. This year, […]

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Ahead of a Winter Energy Crisis, the EU Needs to Cut Plastic Production

New report reveals the urgency to cut plastic production to reduce the European Union’s dependence on fossil fuels and Russian oil and gas BRUSSELS – As the EU faces a looming gas shortage, EU countries are looking to consumers to shoulder the brunt of reductions and are pursuing deals to secure new fossil fuel supplies. At […]

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CMA CGM Group Urged to Abandon Plastic Bricks, Support Plastic Bans and Zero Waste Systems Instead

Manila – The Break Free From Plastic movement calls out the shipping company CMA CGM Group for taking one step forward, two steps back in their latest decision to invest in downcycling projects to address plastic pollution. On 15 September 2022, CMA CGM renewed their three-year partnership with the Plastic Flamingo (PLAF) to continue production […]

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Member Stories

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Member story: China Zero Waste Alliance

As a customer, you’re probably aware that most of the products you use daily — from high-end smartphones to low-cost holiday decorations — are manufactured in China. Yes, everything is manufactured in China. However, you may be unaware that China is also a significant contributor to global plastic pollution. In fact, China is the world’s […]

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See how a school from Brazil is using brand audits to become a plastic-free campus

Photo credit: Franco Brasileiro School. Bottles, bags, straws, wrappers. A single word signifies items so common in our routine: plastic. Every #PlasticFreeJuly questions about the use of these materials are raised. What impact do they have on the environment? Where do they go after being discarded? How can they be reused in daily life? Franco […]

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Member in the Spotlight: CIEL

Rachel Radvany on why the Global Plastics Treaty matters for youth around the world Introduction: Introduce yourself and your organisation and where you are based. How old you are and what has gotten you to work on plastic. My name is Rachel Radvany and I work for the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). CIEL […]

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Show us how you do it by sharing a photo or video breaking free from plastic

In Asia, Japan has long been the biggest plastic packaging waste producer (on a per capita basis). It is also responsible for disturbing quantities of plastic waste exports to its neighbouring countries.

Earlier this year, @GreenpeaceJP urged its government to be more transparent about its plastic exports, and move proactively towards the Global Plastics Treaty.

Read more on their action in our new blog: http://ow.ly/FU0550KSvto
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While the Clean Energy Ministerial was convening government and business leaders from around the world in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, #BreakFreeFromPlastic members & allies hosted the #CleanEnergyJustice Convergence right outside to advocate for just solutions to replace the fossil fuels, petrochemicals, and toxic chemicals that fuel the global economy. (Photo: Sarah Carballo, @fractracker Alliance)

“The energy ministerial agenda has sidelined community voices from impacted communities with fossil fuel infrastructures for the meeting," said Matthew Mehalik, Executive Director of @breathe_project. "These communities continue to bear the brunt of health, economic, climate and environmental degradation from fossil fuel systems."

“On the agenda in the ministerial are some technologies that are being discussed as clean but we are calling them false solutions. Those are technologies like carbon capture and sequestration and hydrogen power derived from fossil fuels and fracked gas,” added Beka Economopoulos, Founder of Not An Alternative.

Read more at the link in our story.

#ClimateJustice #TransitionToRenewables #GCEAF #tCEM13M17 #CEM13 #Pittsburgh #KeepItInTheGround #StopMakingPlastic #Petrochemicals #FossilFuels
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DYK that plastic production is the largest industrial oil, gas, and electricity user in the EU? This industrial process was responsible for nearly 9% and 8% of the EU’s final consumption of fossil gas and oil in 2020 🤯

Yet, this extremely high fossil fuel-consuming industry is absent from energy debates in the EU.

Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland are the EU’s biggest oil- and gas-consuming countries for plastics production. They are also responsible for 77% of all plastic packaging waste in the EU.

🙅🏽‍♀️To protect its citizens from escalating prices and resulting conflicts, the EU must confront the (petro)elephant in the room. It’s time to drastically reduce virgin plastic production, starting with halting the production of unnecessary single-use plastics and packaging.

Learn more in #breakfreefromplastic’s NEW report - out TODAY : Winter is Coming: Plastic has to go.

Link in our stories 👀

#PlasticHasToGo
#BreakFreeFromPlastic #FossilFreeFuture #PeopleNotProfit #TimesUpForGas #WeChooseReuse #EndFossilFuels
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“With governments calling for a legally-binding plastics treaty ato join this revolution by reducing their plastic footprint. And reduction means putting a cap on plastic production and not misleading everyone with plastic offsets and silver-bullet fixes,” said Miko Aliño, of Break Free From Plastic

#7IMDC #breakfreefromplastic #plasticstreaty
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Can you buy a drink in a can or a bottle and return the packaging? Slowly more and more countries are introducing Deposit Return Schemes where consumers buy a product, pay a deposit on the packaging and get their money back when they return the packaging ⏎

🇦🇹Austria is the latest country to introduce this system with a 25 European cent deposit placed on all cans and bottles from 2025.

This is a positive step forward and shows there is progress being made to increase reuse of packaging ✨

But 2025 is still a few years away! Every year without a DRS scheme means millions of bottles and cans will be wasted and polluting the environment. #breakfreefromplastic members will be working hard on monitoring the implementation of this new policy and pushing for more 💪

#reuserevolution #reuseispossible #reuse #reusable #plasticfree #plasticfreefuture #climate #climateaction #goodnews
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How much do you know about sachets (multilayered flexible plastic packaging)?

Try to guess the facts and myths in this series, "Behind the Sachet" (BTS) produced by #breakfreefromplastic member @nexus3foundation . Tune in until the end and hear from an expert who will give answers to these questions.

Catch another episode of BTS this Friday on @nexus3foundation 's account and see the reels from previous episodes.

#QuitSachets so we can #breakfreefromplastic!
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Waste workers and waste pickers bear the burden of cleaning up after top corporate polluters. As materials experts, they are the backbone of sustainable waste management systems. Throughout this pandemic, they have faced various health hazards more than ever.

It’s time we put the spotlight on them. Learn more from their stories in this 20-minute documentary by #breakfreefromplastic core member @ypbbbandung .

This documentary is produced under the mentorship of CNN Indonesia's Dewi Safitri and Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)'s Claire Arkin, through the GAIA-BFFP AP Comms Officers Fellowship.
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In order to stop the flood of plastic production from continuing, we need to understand who is making it possible in the first place.

Plastic production, like most things, requires money. And where does this money come from? You got it… banks 🏦

💸 Banks are continuing their risky investment in plastic production, gambling with the money of their customers to help create a product that is damaging our environment and health.

#breakfreefromplastic member, @Fairfinvzw, gives us the lowdown on the banks behind plastic finance, paying particular attention to how #INEOS’ #ProjectOne in Antwerp, Belgium is financed.

🎧 Listen via the link in our Stories 🔗

#FairFinance #SustainableFinance #PlasticPollutes #breakfreefromplastic
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Introducing the #breakfreefromplastic Youth Ambassadors!

This year we are joined by 27 amazing youth leaders and activists from all around the world. They'll go through training, mentorship, and will ultimately be working together to represent their generation’s stance on plastic pollution.

See more of their content here or on Tiktok @ bffpyouth 🙌🏾

@seasofchange_au @melissaachen @shashankpprabhu @_kabya @zerowastehimalya @_naturesbuddy_ @sarahrauzana @larasnauna @jedrycromero @jairuschiu @maleesha__gunawardana @kktsung @tomoko.ikuta_ @reddygram @zerowastedurban @nnahib @nipefagio @bodhi_patil @endplasticpollutionow @carolinesun676 @wonderfil.world @kidsagainstplastic @b.ikle
@Reneepurcait
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Why does the U.S. government plan to keep selling single-use plastic at National Parks for the next decade? 🤨 (Photo Credit: NPS / Mitch Smith)

In response to demands to eliminate single-use plastic from government-managed lands, the Biden Administration announced that @USInterior will stop selling disposable plastic bottles by 2032. Unfortunately, the first draft plan would not be ready for initial review until June 2023, meaning that a possible change of presidential administration could derail it before any real action ever begins! 😡

“The @NationalParkService needs to start plastic reductions now, rather than continue its business-as-usual drift,” says #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Judith Enck with @beyondplasticsbennington. “The planet cannot afford to wait until 2032.”

At least 30 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives agreed, and have sent a letter to @secdebhaaland urging the government to “move as swiftly as possible to implement the phase out plan.” Read more at the link in our stories.

#noexcuseforsingleuse #governmentaccountability #goinzerowaste #plasticpollutes
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We won't settle for FALSE SOLUTIONS! It’s time for corporations to #breakfreefromplastic and invest in REAL solutions.

Join us in holding the biggest corporate polluters accountable for their plastic waste for the FIFTH YEAR IN A ROW! ⚡️

We need as much data as possible so we can support the Global Plastic Treaty. 🌎
Come and join a #brandaudit2022 event or organize your own! LINK IN BIO ⬆️

#brandaudit #topplasticpolluter #plasticpollution #cleanup #beachcleanup #cleanupevent
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Join Brand Audit's fifth year and help us hold top corporate plastic polluters accountable for their waste and false solutions! 💪
Link in bio! 👆🏾

#brandaudit2022 #breakfreefromplastic #corporateresponsibility #plasticproduction #plasticpollution #toppolluters
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Tackling waste is 1 of the easiest + cheapest ways to cool our climate.

#zerowaste could cut GHG by 1.4 bn tonnes (that's ALL vehicles off the road in the US for a year)!

Leaders at #COP27 need to act FAST on waste.

#NewReport:
https://www.no-burn.org/zerowaste-zero-emissions

#ZeroWasteZeroEmissions

#Japan has long been Asia's biggest plastic packaging producer & #plasticwaste exporter.

Earlier this year, Greenpeace-Japan (@gpj_english) urged its government to be more transparent about its plastic exports.

Read more about their #wastetrade action: http://ow.ly/Wsam50KSvw5

Disgraceful. Biggest plastic polluter @CocaCola is sponsoring @COP27P 😡

99% of plastics are made from fossil fuels. This partnership undermines the very objective of the event it seeks to sponsor.

#BreakFreeFromPlastic #COP27 https://bit.ly/3SMqWlO

https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2022/09/reduce-plastic-production-to-ease-energy-crisis-say-green-groups/
@ciel_tweets
@brkfreeplastic @PlasticsBeyond @EIA_News @GreenpeaceUK @BrettNadrich @GheorghiuAndy

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