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Environmental Activists Protest Unilever’s Massive Plastic Sachet Waste Problem

JAKARTA (15 June 2022) – Environmental activists have gathered outside the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) Convention Center on Wednesday (June 15), where PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk is having its 2022 annual shareholders meeting, to urge the company to quit sachets. Members of the Alliance for Zero Waste Indonesia (AZWI) brought mannequins dressed up in Unilever-branded […]

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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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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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Environmental Activists Protest Unilever’s Massive Plastic Sachet Waste Problem

JAKARTA (15 June 2022) – Environmental activists have gathered outside the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) Convention Center on Wednesday (June 15), where PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk is having its 2022 annual shareholders meeting, to urge the company to quit sachets. Members of the Alliance for Zero Waste Indonesia (AZWI) brought mannequins dressed up in Unilever-branded […]

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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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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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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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#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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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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Earlier this month, authorities in Belgium renewed their support for the INEOS plastics project: Project One, despite the appeal launched by #breakfreefromplastic members @ClientEarth_.

Have you not heard about Project One? Then @fairfinvzw’s podcast, with Client Earth’s Tatiana Lujan, is a must listen. Tune in to learn
📈 How the plastics industry is planning to expand
🌱 What this means for the climate and environment and..
🧪 What exactly petrochemicals are 🤔

NGOs, activists and #breakfreefromplastic members are doing all they can to halt the expansion of INEOS’ Project One. And more will be done to fight for the protection of people and the planet.

🔗 Link in our stories

#petrochemical #oil #fossilfuel #climatechange #ClimateCrisis #notoplastic
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DID YOU KNOW🧐: Plastic waste is shipped by global north countries to the global south where it pollutes and harms their environment and communities.

Today is the last day of the Basel Convention COP-15, where member states deliberated on technical guidelines for plastic waste management, among other matters related to the transboundary movement of hazardous waste.

Experts from @baselactionnetwork, and #breakfreefromplastic members from Nigeria, India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia came together to present data on the plastic waste trade and call to #stopwastecolonialism 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

Support their message by signing the petition to #STOPSHIPPINGPLASTICWASTE!
Link in our stories! ⬆️

#EarthEcoAlert @fokusnexus3 @consumer_penang @africaforzerowaste
#plasticpollution #plasticfreefuture #didyouknow #breakfreefromplastic #truthaboutrecycling #climateaction #climateequality
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At the U.S. Capitol today, leaders from across the country came together for the People’s Briefing for the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Pollution Act — a vital opportunity to urge Congress to pass this bill into law & protect people and the planet from the harms of plastic pollution.

Casey Camp-Horinek (Elder, Matriarch, and Tribal Councilwoman of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma) started by offering thanks to the Sacred Water that sustains us all, then posing a critical question: “How long will we keep talking without taking action?”

If you live in the United States, please call your elected officials in Washington, DC, and demand a hearing for the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.
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The U.S. Interior Department (including the U.S. @nationalparkservice and all National Wildlife Refuges) is getting rid of single-use plastics! 🙌

On #WorldOceansDay, Secretary of the @usinterior Deb Haaland initiated a plan “to reduce the procurement, sale, and distribution of single-use products and packaging” while committing to phase out 100% of single-use plastic products across Department-managed lands by 2032.

"The Interior Department has an obligation to play a leading role in reducing the impact of plastic waste on our ecosystems and our climate," said @secdebhaaland. "As the steward of the nation’s public lands, including national parks and national wildlife refuges, and as the agency responsible for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats, we are uniquely positioned to do better for our Earth."

Read more at the link in @plasticpollutes' bio.

#breakfreefromplastic #governmentaccountability #sustainable #goodstewardship #noexcuseforsingleuse #zerowaste
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Dear @unilever,

Please walk the talk. We urge you to choose real solutions and switch to reuse and refill systems. You can do it. We know you can.

Sincerely,
Humans of Earth who want a brighter, plastic-free future.

#breakfreefromplastic #QuitSachets #sachet #sachetpollution #plasticpollution
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There’s often a BIG gap between what corporations say and what is actually happening.

This is a quote from Unilever‘s blog trying to justify why they still sell sachets.

But the logic just doesn’t hold.

#QuitSachets #breakfreefromplastic #plasticpollution #plasticfree #sachets #climateaction #climatechange #plasticisoil
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Knowledge is power! 🧠⚡️
We all eat, drink and breathe in plastic every day. And yet, producers want to double plastic production by 2040. As plastic increases, so does our exposure.
The more we know about the potential harm of plastics to our health, the harder we can push for real CHANGE and solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.
#breakfreefromplastic member, @commonseas, is calling for the UK government to fund urgent research to understand the impacts of plastic on human health. Find out how to support at 👉🏾www.commonseas.org 👈🏾
#PlasticIsInOurBlood #plasticpollution #plasticburns #plasticwaste
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Why is plastic on our farms & in our food?? 🧑‍🌾😱 A new report by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) details the links between agrochemicals, plastics, and fossil fuels, as well as what can be done to tackle this toxic triad.

Read more to learn how and why:
* Microplastics are intentionally added to fertilizers and pesticides
* Combining plastics with agrochemicals is harmful for people and the planet
* Governments can close regulatory gaps and ban the intentional use of microplastics in agriculture and in other sectors

“Coating fertilizers and pesticides in microplastics makes already toxic substances even more dangerous to human health and ecosystem,” says Carroll Muffett, President and CEO of CIEL. “As one of the most direct and preventable sources of microplastic pollution, and as a contributor to the climate crisis, microplastics must be banned from agricultural use.” Full report in @ciel_org’s bio.

#breakfreefromplastic #microplastics #toxicplastics #climatecrisis #agrochemicals #agriculture #farming #fossilfuels #plasticpollutes #toxic #plastics
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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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It's going to be a hot one this summer & while many people turn to turf to reduce use of water, it actually does more harm than good & pollutes microplastics into the environment. Check out the facts on why you should #SkipTheTurf. #PlasticPollutes 🌱

https://bit.ly/plasticturf

“An integrated approach to circularity that prioritizes smart design, reduces waste to a minimum, and uses low-carbon, non-toxic, regenerative materials and technologies is not only imperative or ideal – it is possible.”
Read more ➡️ https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/opinion-choice-between-paper-plastic-false-one/ #breakfreefromplastic

Conversations on ocean #pollution rarely talk about plastic waste trade. At this #UNOceanConference, we are determined to tackle the🐘in the room, drawing out the strong links between plastic waste trade and #marinepollution.

📌Register now: https://bit.ly/BFFPUNOC2022

#UNOC2022

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