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Break Free From Plastic welcomes a new batch of youth ambassadors this 2022!

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Journalists under attack for their investigative work on global plastic waste trade

On July 27, 2022, independent freelance journalists Vedat Örüç and Elif Kurttaş, were attacked  while visiting an industrial area with dozens of recycling facilities in Adana, Türkiye. According to a post on Twitter by Vedat Örüç, the journalists entered a plastic recycling facility with permission from a facility’s employee. They were working on a story, […]

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WHY TAKING THE TOXIC TOURS MATTERS

Von Hernandez is the Global Coordinator of #breakfreefromplastic, the world wide movement fighting plastic pollution at every step of its life cycle. For the launch of the Toxic Tours platform, that tells the stories of frontline communities living near plastic production, we asked him why it’s so important to tell these stories in order to […]

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Break Free From Plastic welcomes a new batch of youth ambassadors this 2022!

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Journalists under attack for their investigative work on global plastic waste trade

On July 27, 2022, independent freelance journalists Vedat Örüç and Elif Kurttaş, were attacked  while visiting an industrial area with dozens of recycling facilities in Adana, Türkiye. According to a post on Twitter by Vedat Örüç, the journalists entered a plastic recycling facility with permission from a facility’s employee. They were working on a story, […]

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WHY TAKING THE TOXIC TOURS MATTERS

Von Hernandez is the Global Coordinator of #breakfreefromplastic, the world wide movement fighting plastic pollution at every step of its life cycle. For the launch of the Toxic Tours platform, that tells the stories of frontline communities living near plastic production, we asked him why it’s so important to tell these stories in order to […]

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Press Releases

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GAIA AND #BREAKFREEFROMPLASTIC MEMBERS RESPOND TO OCEAN CONSERVANCY’S APOLOGY

The United States-based organization Ocean Conservancy (OC), on 11th July 2022, issued a long-overdue apology to more than seven hundred organizations for the harm caused by the publication of their 2015 report “Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean”, expressing its willingness to take responsibility for the damage caused by the publication. Froilan […]

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400 organisations demand the world’s 5 biggest plastic polluters switch to reusable packaging for World Refill Day

A global coalition of over 400 global organisations have joined forces on World Refill Day to demand that the five biggest plastic polluters commit to ‘transparent, ambitious and accountable reuse and refill systems’.  In an open letter, organisations and members of the #breakfreefromplastic movement, including City to Sea (who are behind World Refill Day, the […]

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Environmental Groups Claim that New Rules Restricting Plastic Trade are being Ignored

Governments urged to fully enforce the Basel Convention Geneva, Switzerland (June 13, 2022) – At the ongoing meeting of the Basel Convention, the Basel Action Network (BAN) and member organizations of the Break Free from Plastic movement (BFFP) presented evidence of continued plastic waste trade, exported primarily from the rich developed countries to weaker economies, […]

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Member Stories

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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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Member in the Spotlight: No Plastic In My Sea

Please introduce yourself(-ves) and your organisation? I am Muriel Papin, the head of the NGO No Plastic In My Sea. We are a French organisation, based in Paris, whose mission is to tackle plastic pollution at source. We raise awareness about the strong correlation between plastic pollution and plastic overproduction and campaign to create conditions […]

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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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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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Remember the US-based #How2Recycle labeling program? The one that turned out to be founded by plastic producers like @exxonmobil and top corporate plastic polluters like @proctergamble and @nestle? Now they’re saying that polypropylene plastic can be marketed as “widely recyclable” DESPITE ONLY HAVING A 2.7% NATIONAL RECYCLING RATE! 😤

The industry-backed program made the change because 60% of consumers in the U.S. are now allowed to put these containers in their recycling bins and someone will collect them. BUT what good does that 60% collection rate do when only 2.7% of the plastic is ACTUALLY being recycled??

Read the full story, including important new calculations by #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Jan Dell with #TheLastBeachCleanup, at the link in our story.

(Photo credit: Mk2010, Polypropylene_lid, Wikimedia Commons)

#greenwashing #deceptivelabeling #corporateaccountability
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Why are fires at plastic manufacturing facilities so dangerous? 🔥

August 19 of last year, an explosion led to a fire at the Poly-America facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, US. It caused A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TOXIC FUMES TO POUR INTO THE AIR AND INTO THE SURROUNDING AREA. ⚠️

The facility produces highly-flammable polyethylene and petroleum-based products such as trash bags.

Residents are now suing the company for causing them to unwillingly inhale toxic fumes over the 23 hours it took to extinguish the fire.

A just society would value the health of people over profit. Governments and corporations must #breakfreefromplastic

#toxicplastics #noexcuseforsingleuse #singleusesucks #plasticproduction #reuserevolution #corporateaccountability #plasticistoxic #toxicplastic #plasticpollution #plasticproduction
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In a historic decision, the @unitednations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to universally recognize the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment for all people.

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of @unep, says the new human right addresses the “triple planetary crisis” of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. As we know, plastic (more than 99% of which is made from fossil fuels) plays a significant role in all three of these interconnected crises.

Learn how #breakfreefromplastic members like @ciel_org are advocating for the protection and fulfillment of this human right at the link in our bio.

#humanrights #healthyenvironment #sustainability #climateaction #biodiversity #pollution #fossilfuels #petrochemicals #keepitintheground #stopmakingplastic #noexcuseforsingleuse
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The Great Global Nurdle Hunt is back! #breakfreefromplastic member, Fidra, organises this global event annually - calling on individuals and organisations from across the world to hunt for nurdles on coastlines and waterways.

Plastic pellet pollution is a real problem for our environment. The Great Global Nurdle Hunt helps in collecting global data and evidence to show industry and decision-makers that urgent ACTION is needed!

Taking part is really simple:
🏖Head to a beach, estuary, or river between 19th Sep – 17th Oct.
🕵🏽‍♀️Search for nurdles
➕Count how many you find
✍🏽Record how long you searched for and how many people took part
📍Submit your data to Fidra’s online map

Want to take part? Register your event with Fidra - link in our stories 🔗

@greatnurdler
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Joe Bongay, YVE Gambia shows that #BagIsStillHere, in the Gambia!
He shares, “Plastic bags are only a part of the problem, and our relationship with plastic needs rethinking.

We take oil and gas from the earth to make plastic products that are often designed to be used only once, and then we throw them away. Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic, worth billions of dollars, end up in landfills, burned, or leaked into the environment.

A plastic pollution-free world is not a choice but a commitment to life – a commitment to the next generation.”

Check out @africaforzerowaste's socials for more details.

📷: YVE Gambia
#breakfreefromplastic #plasticbagban #plasticbag #plasticpollution #plasticfree
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How can restaurants in the U.S. reduce plastic, save money, and give customers what they want? 🍽️ A FREE guide offers real world advice for both front- and back-of-house, including where to purchase reusable take out containers, options to collect and wash reusable dishware and to-go ware💧, where to find funding 💵, calculating costs, communicating these changes to customers, environmental impacts 🌱 and more!

Download the new guide – created by #breakfreefromplastic member Beyond Plastics, working in collaboration with other members and allies from @upstreamsolutions, @surfrider, @oceanic.global, @thefutureisreusable, @plasticfreerestaurants, @plasticscoreco, and @shedd_aquarium – at the link in our story & in @beyondplasticsbennington’s bio.

#zerowasterestaurants #plasticfreerestaurants #noexcuseforsingleuse #zerowasteliving #skipthestraw #toxicplastic #reuserevolution #zerowaste #refusesingleuse #embracereuse
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How do plastic sachets from around the world end up in Indonesia’s waters rivers and oceans, and degrade into microplastics? @ecoton.id goes on an expedition along 3 of Indonesia’s rivers and tries to connect the dots between sachets and waste trade, and what it implies for the health of communities and ecosystems.

Watch the video series through the link in our stories and follow @ecoton.id for more videos and updates.

#breakfreefromplastic

🎬 @ecoton.id
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"Thinking we can end plastic pollution through recycling alone is like mopping a flooding bathroom while the tap is still running, and the plug is on. Viva total BAN on single-use plastic bags." Conwell Hakapya of @cesco_zm

Check @africaforzerowaste's socials to learn more about #TheBagIsStillHere campaign wherein they dive deep into Africa's plastic ban laws and implementation.

#breakfreefromplastic #ZeroWaste #PlasticFreeJuly #Zambia #plasticpollution #plasticban #plasticbag
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In an article on @inquirerdotnet, Gideon Lasco traces the history of sachets in the Philippines and points out the needed policies and enabling environment to curb the plastic crisis.

Read more 👇 https://opinion.inquirer.net/155787/the-trouble-with-tingi-tingi

How do we #breakfreefromplastic as a society? Von Hernandez talks about tackling the plastic crisis in a systemic way, looking at how plastics pollute throughout its life cycle.

🎥 a web series by Himalayas to Sea, Plastic Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjR54U0url8

How do we save the planet if we can’t protect our own people? In Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, the community is coming together to fight gentrification and rising housing prices. Watch as Adan Palermo tells us the story of his work to protect their vibrant culture.

This #InternationalYouthDay, Rachel Radvany from @ciel_tweets breaks down the role youth can & should play in the Global Plastics Treaty process ✨

Inclusion of younger generations in the fight against plastic pollution is vital. Find out why here 👉🏾
https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/2022/08/12/member-in-the-spotlight-ciel/

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