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Flowing With Plastics Report

Youth from Mbarara supporting the call for companies to take action to #EndPlasticPollution Flowing With Plastics report, a look into how plastic is killing Uganda’s rivers with focus on River Rwizi and an exposure of failures of the Coca-Cola’s world without waste initiative. Click here to read and download the Flowing With Plastics report End Plastic […]

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Waste Trade Bites: Vietnam Waste Woes

In our last Waste Trade Bites, we highlighted how OECD countries* continue to send plastic waste to non-OECD countries. This means that richer countries are sending their waste to poorer countries. This month, we look into the waste trade between the second richest region in the world (EU-UK) and one recipient country – Vietnam. While […]

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Against Toxic Plastics in Mexico

In its May ecology supplement, the Mexican newspaper La Jornada published their journalistic piece “Against Toxic Plastics: The Circular Economy“, which serves as a comprehensive document on the plastic pollution crisis in Mexico and its perspective in the global context. Led by experts, scientists, and activists in Mexico and from different parts of the world, […]

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Flowing With Plastics Report

Youth from Mbarara supporting the call for companies to take action to #EndPlasticPollution Flowing With Plastics report, a look into how plastic is killing Uganda’s rivers with focus on River Rwizi and an exposure of failures of the Coca-Cola’s world without waste initiative. Click here to read and download the Flowing With Plastics report End Plastic […]

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Waste Trade Bites: Vietnam Waste Woes

In our last Waste Trade Bites, we highlighted how OECD countries* continue to send plastic waste to non-OECD countries. This means that richer countries are sending their waste to poorer countries. This month, we look into the waste trade between the second richest region in the world (EU-UK) and one recipient country – Vietnam. While […]

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Against Toxic Plastics in Mexico

In its May ecology supplement, the Mexican newspaper La Jornada published their journalistic piece “Against Toxic Plastics: The Circular Economy“, which serves as a comprehensive document on the plastic pollution crisis in Mexico and its perspective in the global context. Led by experts, scientists, and activists in Mexico and from different parts of the world, […]

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Press Releases

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#breakfreefromplastic Movement Responds to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Report on Addressing Flexible Packaging

Manila – Today, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) released a new report entitled “Flexible packaging: The urgent actions needed to deliver circular economy solutions”, which focuses on flexible packaging as the fastest-growing plastic packaging category. This form of packaging is almost uniformly single-use, with high rates of leakage into the environment and very low recycling […]

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Major Progress Towards a Legally Binding Plastics Treaty Covering the Full Life Cycle at UNEA-5.2

Governments take action to address plastics at every stage—from extraction, production, use, and disposal to remediation—during the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2). Nairobi, Kenya – The global #breakfreefromplastic movement today hailed the adoption of a landmark mandate calling for the development of a global treaty on plastics, which has been adopted upon conclusion of the […]

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200 groups urge govts in Asia-Pacific to sign global plastics treaty

Groups highlight key waste trade issues to watch out for Manila/Bangkok/New Delhi (February 24, 2022) — More than two hundred environmental groups belonging to the Break Free From Plastic movement in the Asia-Pacific region are urging their respective governments to support the call towards a new binding legal instrument that will cover the entire life cycle of plastics […]

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Member Stories

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Member in the Spotlight: FoE Croatia

My name is Ana Marija Mileusnić (or just Ana) and I work in an organisation called Zelena akcija / FoE Croatia based in Zagreb, Croatia. Zelena akcija was founded in 1990 and it is the oldest environmental organisation in Croatia. The organisation has been a member of #breakfreefromplastic (BFFP) movement since 2017 and ever since […]

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Celebrating our Global Brand Audit Community

(Photo Credit: Trash Hero Indonesia/2021) When the #breakfreefromplastic movement was founded, its members around the world vowed to mobilize around a common vision of a world free from plastic pollution. A key tool for achieving that vision was the development of brand audits, a citizen science initiative to record and expose the names of the […]

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Member in the Spotlight: Fidra

Nurdles collected by Fidra from the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Photo credit: Fidra 2021 I am Megan Kirton, project officer at Fidra. We are an environmental charity based in Scotland named after Fidra island, a wildlife haven off the East coast. Fidra works to reduce plastic waste, prevent chemical pollution, and make space for nature […]

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🎞 On streaming platform Netlix this June 👉 "Pulau Plastik"

Catch #breakfreefromplastic changemakers Prigi Arisandi and Tiza Mafira together with Gede Robi in this documentary on their fight against plastic pollution in Indonesia.

📌 The film will be available globally starting June 2

📷 @pulauplastik

#breakfreefromplastic #ZeroWaste #plasticpollution #documentary #netflix #whattowatch #whattowatchonnetflix #climateaction #environmentaljustice
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This week we celebrated #WorldRecyclingDay. We all know that recycling is not enough to solve the plastic pollution crisis, it's not the magic solution that corporations seem to push it as. But we'd like to shed light on the amazing workers around the globe who make materials recovery possible!

It's time we listened to them and include them in the conversations on how we can move forward and create a #plasticfree future!

#materialsrecovery #recycling #recyclingisamyth #wishcycling #recycled #plasticpollution #plasticfree #workerrights #humanrights #wasteworkers #inclusivity
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Meet the Trash Traveler: Portugal-based-plastic-pollution-awareness-raiser! 💪

🏖 In 2020, alongside 550 people, he collected 1.6 tons of plastic by walking across the coastline of Portugal.

🚭 In 2021, he collected 1.1 million cigarette butts with 600 people.

🚴🏼‍♂️ This year he is cycling 2000 km around Portugal with an old bicycle to raise awareness of reuse.

This is more than just a clean-up. This is a chance for communities in Portugal to learn more about what happens to their plastic waste and an opportunity to put the pressure on policy makers to choose reuse.

The Trash Cycle takes place until the 17th June. Whether you are in Portugal and want to take part or in another place in the world, you can support by signing the Trash Traveler’s petition.

Find out more at 👉🏼 @thetrashtraveler 👈🏼 ✨

#thetrashcycle #singleuseplastic #singleusebottles #plasticpollution #breakfreefromplastic #wechoosereuse
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BIG WIN for environmental justice in #California! 🙌 The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to deny the construction permits for the Poseidon Desalination Project, which would have caused tremendous damage to local communities and the environment.

#breakfreefromplastic changemakers with @azuldotorg, @societyofnativenations, and @surfrider were directly involved in this victory as part of the Stop Poseidon coalition:

​​⏺ Andrea León-Grossmann, Director of Climate Action at Azul, explained: “The proposed desal plant was fossil-fuel burning, obsolete technology, with a carbon footprint the size of 40,000 homes, that would have killed marine life year-round, costing taxpayers and ratepayers alike.”

⏺ Frankie Orona of the Society of Native Nations, Environmental liaison for Chief Anthony Morales of the Gabrieleno Tongva Tribe of the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians, added: “Elders of our community truly felt that they have been heard and considered in a space where they have not been in the past. Thank you to the California Coastal Commission and its staff for supporting us in stopping and denying the Poseidon Desalination Project permit request in Huntington Beach, California.”

#GovernmentAccountability #EnvironmentalJustice #Sustainability #Water #Pollution
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LOOK ⚠️ Sachets from various multi-national corporations pollute Arau River in West Sumatra, Indonesia 🇮🇩!

“During brand audit, we found the top 3 plastic polluters in the area to be @unilever
#Danone @cocacola

Our rapid tests show that the river is contaminated with 420 particles of microplastic for every 100 liters of water💧. 85% are fragments from clear plastic and sachets (aluminum foil)‼️” says @prigi.arisandi of #breakfreefromplastic member, @ecoton.id

Find out why companies should #QuitSachets, link in our stories. ⬆️

#sachets #plasitcpollution #plasticfree #corporateaccountability @unileveridn
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The U.S. plastic recycling rate has dropped to less than 6%! ♻️😡 A new report from #breakfreefromplastic members Beyond Plastics and #TheLastBeachCleanup broke the news, which was quickly confirmed by The Department of @energy.

The new report also reveals that U.S. per capita generation of plastic waste has increased by 263% since 1980! 🤯

“The plastics industry must stop lying to the public about plastics recycling," says Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former U.S. @epagov Regional Administrator. "We need consumer brand companies and governments to adopt policies that reduce the production, usage, and disposal of plastics."

Read the full report in @beyondplasticsbennington's bio.

#RecyclingIsNotEnough #StopProducingPlastic #PlasticPollutes
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Join @endplasticpollutionow ahead of the launch of their Flowing with Plastics report, in their upcoming webinar with #breakfreefromplastic!

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about how #cocacola is being held to account for polluting rivers in Uganda 💥

False solutions will be exposed and companies responsible for #plasticpollution will be revealed 👀

📆 Monday 9 May
⏰ 8-9:30am (EST), 3-4:30pm (EAT), 2-3:30pm (CAT)

📌 LINK IN OUR STORIES!

#plasticfree #brandaudit #corporateaccountability #plastic #nomoreplasticpollution
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BIG NEWS out of #California! The state's attorney general has launched a first-of-its kind investigation into the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries' "half-century campaign of deception" that is responsible for "causing and exacerbating the global plastics pollution crisis" and perpetuating "myths around recycling."

A subpoena has been issued to @exxonmobil seeking information related to the company's role as one of the biggest perpetrators, and officials say they will also target other companies in the industry ... so this is only the beginning!

#breakfreefromplastic members across the United States support California's leadership and are urging other states' attorneys general to follow suit. Check out the bios/websites for @californiansagainstwaste, @ciel_org, @surfrider and additional groups tagged in the image to learn more.

#exxonknew #greenwashing #corporateaccountability #noexcuseforsingleuse #plasticpollutes #toxicplastics
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Recycling, cleanups, waste-to-energy, bio-plastic, and many more. Corporations are throwing us greenwashing efforts left and right. It's time they accept the truth that to end plastic pollution, production has to stop.

What other greenwashing efforts have you seen corporations use? Comment them below!

#breakfreefromplastic #greenwashing #plasticpollution #plasticcrisis #toxicplastic
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🚨 GREENWASHING ALERT: 90s THROWBACK EDITION 🚨 Bill Nye the Sellout Guy has narrated a new video about how “the good people at The Coca-Cola Company are dedicating themselves to addressing our global plastic waste problem” …

First of all, “the good people at The Coca-Cola Company” is a ridiculous phrase that only a corporate shill would say. 🤑 👎 @billnye should be ashamed of himself.

More importantly, @thecocacolaco has been the world’s worst corporate plastic polluter every year we’ve conducted global brand audits. To be clear, Coca-Cola has been at the top of the list FOUR YEARS IN A ROW! 😡

Coke's new video is classic #greenwashing, and we have the receipts to prove it.

@cocacola knows that the green PET bottles they make for @sprite and other products are essentially worthless because there are no buyers, which is why they only show clear PET bottles in their video. It’s also why Coca-Cola brags about using only clear PET in Asia, where South Korea has made green PET bottles illegal to sell.

“The good people at The Coca-Cola Company” are lying to us using Bill Nye as a puppet. 🤡 😭

In response, @beyondplasticsbennington has released its own claymation-style video that aims to set the record straight.

“Having Bill Nye provide green cover for Coca-Cola is troubling. The truth is that we cannot recycle our way out of the growing plastic pollution crisis. Instead, we must enact new laws and regulations—which Coca-Cola often opposes—to substantially reduce the production, usage, and disposal of plastics,” said Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics.

#BillNyeTheSelloutGuy
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A turtle found its way back home—to Nestlé.

#breakfreefromplastic movement members in the Philippines returned a turtle made of plastic wastes to Nestle, a top plastic polluter in the country. The groups emphasized that it is time for Nestlé to take responsibility and instead of quick fixes, work on real solutions such as refill and re-use systems, sustainable packaging, and alternative delivery systems.

👉 Watch the video and sign the petition.

#breakfreefromplastic #corporateaccountability #plasticpollution #sachets #nestlé

📽 @greenpeaceph @zerowasteasia @hcwhasia @ewcoalition @motherearthph
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Microplastics are in our lungs! 😱 Scientists recently discovered #microplastic particles lodged deep in the lungs of living people for the first time, building upon two previous studies that found microplastics in lung tissue taken during autopsies.The most common microplastic particles found were polypropylene (which can be found in plastic packaging and pipes) and PET (which is often used to make plastic bottles).

This study is even more frightening when we consider the groundbreaking announcement last month by #breakfreefromplastic member @commonseas that 77% of the blood samples they tested came back positive for plastic.

The first step to keeping these #toxicplastics out of our bodies is to stop making more single-use plastic! We need to turn off the tap for the sake of our health and the ultimate survival of humanity.

#TurnOffTheTap #StopMakingPlastic #Toxic #Plastic
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🧵1/6 The #plasticpollution crisis is damaging our health and the planet. Yet banks are still pumping money into the production of new plastic🏭

#breakfreefromplastic member, @FairFinvzw took a close look at how the money flows to petrochemical companies @INEOS and Borealis💸

PILING UP. #Illegaldumping is skyrocketing across U.S. cities and you may be surprised to learn who's doing it and who it's impacting the most.

🎧 Tune in to hear a story of resilience and love for the city of #Oakland in 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' https://buff.ly/3bCJzEY

Hello... Are these the #jobvacancies you've been looking for? 👀

We're recruiting a Head of #Policy and a #HR & Operations #Manager to join our #Brussels team and help us push for a truly circular, waste-free #Europe and world! 🤝

Apply ASAP ⬇️
https://zerowasteeurope.eu/join-us/work-with-us/

Get back! Not to the Beatles song (although we love that) – but to making #reuse the norm in #Europe once again!🌠 Let’s #getback to using packaging that is truly sustainable and toxic-free.

🌈 Find out more: http://www.getbackcampaign.eu

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