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In Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

Break Free From Plastic reaffirms the unequivocal truth that #BlackLivesMatter — we join in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members fighting for Freedom, Liberation, and Justice around the world. We are appalled and deeply saddened by the senseless murders of George Floyd in Minnesota, of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, of […]

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Announcing the Winners of the Beyond Plastics Earth Day Poster Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2020 View full release with images of our winners and their artwork here. Bennington, VT: From 113 entries received from students around the country, Rachel Huang from Flushing, Queens, NY; Athena Tumbelekis from Geneva, NY; and Artley Whipple from Orinda, CA have been selected as winners of the Beyond Plastics […]

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CIEL Statement on the LG Polymer Gas Leak in Visakhapatnam

The following is a statement from David Azoulay, the Director of Environmental Health at the Center for International Environmental Law. “Last night’s styrene gas leak in Visakhapatnam exposed thousands of individuals to a deadly asphyxiant—-the total number of people affected will not be known for some time. Early reports indicate that the LG Polymer plant […]

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In Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

Break Free From Plastic reaffirms the unequivocal truth that #BlackLivesMatter — we join in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members fighting for Freedom, Liberation, and Justice around the world. We are appalled and deeply saddened by the senseless murders of George Floyd in Minnesota, of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, of […]

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Announcing the Winners of the Beyond Plastics Earth Day Poster Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2020 View full release with images of our winners and their artwork here. Bennington, VT: From 113 entries received from students around the country, Rachel Huang from Flushing, Queens, NY; Athena Tumbelekis from Geneva, NY; and Artley Whipple from Orinda, CA have been selected as winners of the Beyond Plastics […]

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CIEL Statement on the LG Polymer Gas Leak in Visakhapatnam

The following is a statement from David Azoulay, the Director of Environmental Health at the Center for International Environmental Law. “Last night’s styrene gas leak in Visakhapatnam exposed thousands of individuals to a deadly asphyxiant—-the total number of people affected will not be known for some time. Early reports indicate that the LG Polymer plant […]

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Eighty percent of consumers are worried about the addition of plastic to cosmetics and 70% want a ban

Amsterdam, 28 May 2020 —For about 10 years now, all major cosmetics brands have deliberately added micro, nano and even liquid plastics to cosmetics and personal care products. Sometimes they do this to give their products particular properties, but mostly the plastic is cheap fillers. Research commissioned by the Dutch environmental organisation the Plastic Soup […]

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Broad Opposition to Bailout Request of #Fracking4Plastics Company Ineos

For Immediate Release – May 28, 2020 Prominent activists, scientists, and 107 groups urge COP26 hosts to side with the climate and environment – while prioritising long term stability for workers through green jobs London – A request for £500m in state support by petrochemical and fracking company Ineos – partly owned by billionaire and […]

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A new report exposes the plastic polluters fighting against the introduction of a deposit return system in Austria

Brussels, May 27, 2020 – Today, the Dutch campaigning organisation, Changing Markets Foundation, and the Break Free From Plastic movement, have published an investigation revealing industry lobbying against the introduction of a deposit return system (DRS) in Austria, a proven way to reduce plastic pollution and meet the European Union’s Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive requirements. […]

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Member Stories

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University of California, Berkeley, leads the way with country’s strongest single-use plastic ban

Campus commits to an unprecedented, comprehensive plastic policy, which eliminates all non-essential single-use plastic by 2030 Press Release April 16, 2020 | CALPIRG Student BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California, Berkeley has committed to eliminating all non-essential single-use plastic with viable alternatives by 2030. This target, adopted by Chancellor Carol Christ, makes history by being the most […]

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Meet our youth activist of the week, Thara Bening from Indonesia

Meet our Youth Activist of the week, Thara Bening. Thara established River Warrior, a group of high school students that wanted to provide a solution to the plastic pollution problem in Brantas River, Indonesia. Since this time, Thara has been demonstrating to pass regulations on single-use plastic, has been monitoring their rivers, and educating her […]

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How wastepickers are affected by COVID-19

“I went to my sister’s place,” Rama says. “She told me, ‘I have two kilos of rice left. Let’s just divide it up.’” That’s what they did. Divided up the rice, cooked it with salt and made it last for 2 days. Now, when I called her up, she was brewing tea leaves for breakfast. […]

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.@ciel_tweets stands in solidarity with protestors calling for racial justice and an end to police violence. We condemn the violence that militarized police and security forces have used--and continue to use--against protestors, journalists, bystanders, and medical personnel.

READ NOW: #EnvironmentalJustice. #SocialJustice. #RacialJustice. These are all part of one globally-connected Movement for Justice. With 2000+ members around the world working for systems change, we reaffirm the unequivocal truth that #BlackLivesMatter. https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/2020/06/02/in-solidarity-with-blacklivesmatter/

“We have provided kits up to May for the workers under SWaCH. This is largely through donations. But we would need to supply kits at least for another year.” - #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Lakshmi Narayan of @swachcoop

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Pollution from petrochemical plants involved in plastic production put people at higher health risk.

#EnvironmentalJustice is #SocialJustice.
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https://www.wired.com/story/covid-19-flares-americas-polluted-sacrifice-zones/

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