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The fading shimmer of sachets

The death of Mr. C K Rajkumar made the news on October 7, 2020. An innovator and entrepreneur at heart, the article honoured  Mr. CK Raj Kumar as the ‘sachet king’. His shampoo-in-a-sachet (Velvette) was the first on the FMCG scene in India in the 80s, making an entry well before even industry giant Unilever, […]

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Kenya civil society comes together to launch zero plastics coalition

On March 24th the Centre For Environment Justice and Development held a consultative meeting with grassroots organizations and other stakeholders in the waste management sector with support from Break Free From Plastic. The goal of the meeting was to deliberate on the need to form a unified civil society voice to champion plastic pollution reduction […]

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EARTH call on the Thai government to Ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, End Toxic Waste Imports

Environmental NGO Ecological Alert Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) submitted letters to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and the Minister of Industry, calling on the Thai government to ratify the Basel Convention Ban Amendment, which will end the imports of toxic plastic wastes and e-waste into the country and for government agencies to strictly […]

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The fading shimmer of sachets

The death of Mr. C K Rajkumar made the news on October 7, 2020. An innovator and entrepreneur at heart, the article honoured  Mr. CK Raj Kumar as the ‘sachet king’. His shampoo-in-a-sachet (Velvette) was the first on the FMCG scene in India in the 80s, making an entry well before even industry giant Unilever, […]

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Kenya civil society comes together to launch zero plastics coalition

On March 24th the Centre For Environment Justice and Development held a consultative meeting with grassroots organizations and other stakeholders in the waste management sector with support from Break Free From Plastic. The goal of the meeting was to deliberate on the need to form a unified civil society voice to champion plastic pollution reduction […]

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EARTH call on the Thai government to Ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, End Toxic Waste Imports

Environmental NGO Ecological Alert Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) submitted letters to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and the Minister of Industry, calling on the Thai government to ratify the Basel Convention Ban Amendment, which will end the imports of toxic plastic wastes and e-waste into the country and for government agencies to strictly […]

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New EU rules for methane must cover petrochemicals and supply chain if it is to honour climate commitments, environmental NGOs urge

Brussels, 08 December, 2021 In a bid to become a global leader on reducing methane emissions, the European Commission plans to table its proposal for a Methane Regulation this 14 December – but it’s expected that it will not include full coverage of supply chains, nor inclusion of petrochemicals, as the European Parliament had asked […]

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Banks in Belgium are blind to their role in the plastics crisis

Banks in Belgium play an important role in exacerbating the plastic crisis. FairFin publishes a report today showing that banks in Belgium actively invest 78 billion in the food industry, one of the main users of single use plastics. The report was commissioned by environmental law charity ClientEarth. FairFin and ClientEarth ask banks to take […]

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The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo named top plastic polluters for the fourth year in a row

  COP26 sponsor Unilever rises in the ranks to be the world’s third worst plastic polluter according to 2021 Brand Audit October 25, 2021 — The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo are ranked as the world’s top plastic polluters for the 4th consecutive year according to Break Free From Plastic, whose latest global Brand Audit report […]

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Member Stories

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Member in the Spotlight: HCWH Europe

  Please introduce yourself(-ves) and your organisation? I am Andreea Zotinca, Circular Healthcare Project Officer at Health Care Without Harm Europe. Our organisation exists to create a more sustainable healthcare sector. One of the promises within the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take is to “first do no harm” – so we want healthcare to do […]

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Member in Spotlight – Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine

Hello, my name is Sofia, I am a head of the Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine, which is based in, you will never guess -  in Ukraine! At the moment, the Alliance consists of 3 founding  organisations - Zero Waste Lviv (Lviv, Ukraine), Zero Waste Society (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Zero Waste Kharkiv (Kharkiv, Ukraine). I co-founded the Alliance back in 2018, and I love the story of how we got together and created this union.

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Member in the Spotlight for September: Recycling Netwerk Benelux

  Please introduce yourself and your organisation My name is Lindsey Wuisan and I am a Strategic Manager for the plastic transition at RNB, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. RNB is an eNGO with the objective to help reduce our society´s resource use and prevent (plastic) waste, by pushing for ambitious legislation and corporate responsibility. […]

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

Recycling is supposed to help minimize plastic pollution but the recently published IPEN report shows presence of toxic chemicals in recycled plastic pellets sampled globally.

❌Plastics containing toxic chemicals should not be recycled and must be phased out.

Read the report for new data on toxic recycling.

👆 Link in our story

#breakfreefromplastic #recycling #toxicrecycling #healthhazard #climateaction #publication
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Congratulations to #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Sharon Lavigne on being named one of @forbes “50 over 50” for 2021!

Sharon founded @risestjames in 2018 to help protect her hometown of St. James Parish, Louisiana, USA, from the toxic pollution of the petrochemical industry. One year later, Sharon and her fellow activists had successfully defeated the construction of a $1.25 billion plastics manufacturing plant.

In the heart of a region known as “Cancer Alley”, Sharon continues to oppose the plastics industry buildout, focusing especially on a 14-building petrochemical complex proposed by the Formosa Plastics Corp. Thanks to the hard work of Sharon and others in the region, that toxic project has been delayed for at least another two years.

In recognition of her leadership, Sharon was also awarded the 2021 @goldmanprize for North America.

Please join us in congratulating Sharon for this outstanding achievement! (Photo by RISE St. James. Sharon Lavigne is pictured third-from-the-left.)

#50over50 #environmentaljustice #socialjustice #racialjustice #stopproducingplastic #activism
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While Big Plastic and Big Oil 🛢 continue to profit from single-use plastics, communities around the globe are left to breathe toxic air, and live with contaminated ⚠️☠️

Learn more on January 27, 2022. Mark your calendars! 🗓

#breakfreefromplastic #climatechange #bigoil #bigplastic #plasticproduction #plasticistoxic #toxicair #toxicwater
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We are facing a planetary emergency as plastic emissions into the ocean are expected to triple by 2040, with more and more plastic created and wasted 🙅🏽‍♀️

This could see plastic outweighing fish in the ocean! 🐡 🌊

This is why we need a #GlobalPlasticsTreaty that treats plastic pollution as a global issue, inherently linked to the #ClimateCrisis. #breakfreefromplastic members are working hard to make this a reality.

@EIA_news latest report, Connecting the Dots sounds the alarm on plastic pollution and sets out the steps governments need to make to reach a global consensus on how to fight plastic pollution.

Find out more — link in bio 📌

#OceanPlastic #plasticpollution #plasticfreefuture #UNEA
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Have you heard of the story of plastic and the impact of plastic pollution?

Have you heard of the story of plastic and the impact of plastic pollution?

📢 @trashheroworld , in collaboration with @storyofstuff , has made it easier to share about how plastics are produced and how they pollute the environment.

📌 The Emmy-award winning documentary "The Story of Plastic" is now available in animated short films dubbed and subtitled in Thai, Indonesian, and Malaysian languages.

🔎 Access these videos via YouTube Channel: Trash Hero World

👉 Learn more about The Story of Plastic at www.breakfreefromplastic.org/thestoryofplastic

📸 SWaCH

@trashherothailand @trashheroindonesia @trashheromalaysia

#breakfreefromplastic #storyofplastic #plasticpollution #climatecrisis #climateaction
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We all know that plastic production is toxic but do we really know how much it affects communities around the globe?

Find out on January 27, 2022. Take an immersive journey with us to uncover the realities of plastic production.

#breakfreefromplastic #toxicplastic #plasticproduction #socialjustice #environmentaljustice
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What if, instead of false solutions and greenwashing, corporations dedicated their time, money, and resources on EXISTING REAL SOLUTIONS such as reuse and refill systems?

Doesn't that make more sense than invesing burning plastic and calling it a solution, or pushing for recycling when it doesn't work that well, or making consumers pick up plastic trash while corporations continue to make more?

#breakfreefromplastic #realsolutionsexist #zerowaste #zerowastesystems #factsonly #climatechange #climatecrisis #plasticpollution #plasticcrisis #plasticfree
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Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. The rest? 12% has been incinerated and 79% has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.

We can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis. To solve the problem, production has to stop.

What other false solutions from plastic and fossil fuel industries have you seen? Drop them below!

📸: @beyondplasticsbennington earthday competition

#falsesolutions #breakfreefromplastic #fossilfuel #climatechange #carbonfootrpint #climateactivist #corporationslie
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Will you fight for the planet?

Encourage more people to choose reusables over single-use plastics. 📹 Watch more short videos produced by BFFP member Green Vientiane, in partnership with UNFPA.

YouTube Channel: 🔎 "Green Vientiane"

#breakfreefromplastic #reusables #plasticpollution #singleuse #climatecrisis #climateaction #climateactionnow #shortfilms
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#breakfreefromplastic Europe is hiring! Are you an organised person, experienced in administration, grant management, project management and/or event management?

Apply to become BFFP Europe’s Grant and Operations Officer!

You will be joining a dynamic team and become part of a growing movement that is fighting plastic pollution in Europe.

📍 Where? Brussels, Belgium
⏰ When? Deadline for applications is 31st January with employment beginning immediately.
👩🏽‍💻 How? Follow the link in our stories and you will be asked to fill in a form and send your CV and motivation letter

#hiring #jobs #hiringnow #jobopportunity #JoinTheMovement #FightPlasticPollution
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The grocery chain @wholefoods portrays itself as green & sustainable, but the truth is far from fresh. While competitors have taken important steps to eliminate plastic produce packaging, phase out dangerous chemicals found in plastics, and accept reusable containers and cups, Whole Foods has refused. In fact, Whole Foods recently received a failing grade in @_asyousow_’s corporate plastic pollution scorecard for the second year in a row.

#breakfreefromplastic changemakers with U.S. PIRG collected almost 80,000 petition signatures over the past year calling for Whole Foods shoppers to eliminate single-use plastic packaging. Read the new blog post about “10 steps Whole Foods can immediately take to reduce single-use plastic” to learn more. Link in @uspirg’s bio.

#corporateaccountability #noexcuseforsingleuse #plasticpollutes #reuse #refill #zerowaste
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🚨#falsesolutions alert: stuffing recyclable PET bottles with single-use plastics and scrap fabric to create 'eco-bricks', turning them into building materials, is only a stop-gap measure for plastics not to end in landfills. Real solutions to plastic pollution require addressing the problem at the source — stop producing single-use plastics.

#breakfreefromplastic and really help address the climate crisis fueled by continued plastic use and production.

Learn more about false solutions and greenwashing on "The Podcast of Plastic"
Available on Spotify, Apple podcast and other podcast platforms.

Link in bio👆

📸 @zerowaste_negros

#ThePodcastOfPlastic #podcastofplastic #plasticpollution #greenwashing #climatecrisis #climateaction #climateactionnow
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Some good news to start 2022 – New York has become the fourth state in the U.S. to ban polystyrene foam (also known as "styrofoam")! While New York City first implemented the ban on single-use foam products back in 2019, the new law expands the requirement statewide. So what does this new sustainability measure mean for individual people and families?

#breakfreefromplastic changemaker Judith Enck, President of @beyondplasticsbennington, says: “If you go to a coffee shop, you can bring your own coffee mug with you and not have to rely on polystyrene cups. If you go out to eat, if you have leftovers, bring your own container with you to reuse.” It really is that simple!

#noexcuseforsingleuse #reuse #refill #goingzerowaste
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As we all draft our own new year resolutions, we want to suggest a few points to add for governments and world leaders so we may all look forward to a better, #plasticfree future.

It’s time that decision makers prioritized the health of people and our planet over profit. It’s time they invested in systemic changes instead of causing climate change. It’s time for decision makers to listen and #breakfreefromplastic.

#climatechange #newyearresolution #newyear2022 #plasticpollution
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As we reach the end of the year, we have been taking a look back at the stories and experiences our members have shared with us throughout 2021 🌞

#breakfreefromplastic Europe's Member in Spotlight campaign sheds light on the work of our European members and reveals why they chose to become part of our movement. One of our most popular from this year was @eia_news - one of our founding members!

Their work on oceans and marine environments has been critical in fighting plastic pollution. They are highly committed to tackling the threat plastic plays on biodiversity and they push governments and corporates away from a single-use society and campaign to secure a global treaty on plastic 💪

Learn more about the work they do and why they are part of our movement! Link in our stories 📌

#PlasticPollution #GlobalPlasticTreaty #ClimateJustice #StrongerTogether #PlasticBurns
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While Plastic & Big Oil🛢continue to profit from single-use plastic, people are left to breathe toxic air, & live with contaminated waters as a result of plastic production.⚠️☠️

Learn more on January 27, 2022. Mark your calendars!🗓 #breakfreefromplastic

Momentum is growing around a global legal instrument to address the plastics crisis.

But what characteristics should this instrument include?
Ahead of #UNEA5.2, we've published a legal analysis to answer that very question.

READ: http://www.ciel.org/reports/typology-of-international-legal-instruments

A thread 🧵👇

TODAY @ 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET -- #breakfreefromplastic changemakers with the @PlasticPollutes initiative to "Flip the Script on Plastics in Hollywood" will discuss the importance of removing single-use plastic from pop culture and beyond. #FliptheScript RSVP: https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/ppc-webinar-011922?utm_source=social+media

Plastic Pollutes@PlasticPollutes

Join actors @frandrescher, @kyrasedgwick, @LaYare, & researcher Dana Weinstein @MediaMetrics on 1/19 & learn about removing single-use plastic on and off-screen as we launch our new initiative, Flip the Script on Plastics in Hollywood. #PlasticPollutes
https://bit.ly/WebinarFlipTheScript

"Germany touts itself as a world leader in recycling. But a candy wrapper that gets thrown in a recycling container in Germany is liable to end up in a river in Malaysia."
End waste trading! Recycling is not enough!
#breakfreefromplastic

https://p.dw.com/p/45hQ9?maca=en-Twitter-sharing

“Blaming this plastic waste crisis on irresponsible consumer behavior & the lack of recycling infrastructure ignores the fact that less than 10% of plastics ever produced have been recycled, said @vonhernandez of #breakfreefromplastic”
➡️http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2022/01/climate-footprint-plastics-global-solution/ @NewSecurityBeat

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