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First Global Plastics Treaty Intergovernmental Meeting Concludes With a Mix of High and Low Points

Break Free From Plastic members worldwide respond to the main high and low points after a week of negotiations Punta del Este, Uruguay – The first intergovernmental committee meeting (INC-1) for an internationally legally binding instrument on plastic pollution convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concluded today with a mix of high and […]

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BFFP US Environmental Justice Delegation Statement on the Global Plastics Treaty INC-1 Negotiations

For immediate release – December 1, 2022 BFFP US Environmental Justice Delegation Statement on the Global Plastics Treaty INC-1 Negotiations “We urge the United States delegation to meet with those of us being poisoned, rather than taking another meeting with the industries that are poisoning us.” Punta del Este, Uruguay – In the United States […]

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Every Store, Every Shelf: A call for Reuse Systems to be available and accessible to all

An opening presentation by UNEP at the multi-stakeholder forum of INC-1 on November 26th 2022 laid out the context and importance of basing the discussions on available and evolving science. Based on UNEP’s report, a lifecycle approach to end plastic pollution starts with reducing the size of the problem, which means eliminating unnecessary and problematic […]

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First Global Plastics Treaty Intergovernmental Meeting Concludes With a Mix of High and Low Points

Break Free From Plastic members worldwide respond to the main high and low points after a week of negotiations Punta del Este, Uruguay – The first intergovernmental committee meeting (INC-1) for an internationally legally binding instrument on plastic pollution convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concluded today with a mix of high and […]

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BFFP US Environmental Justice Delegation Statement on the Global Plastics Treaty INC-1 Negotiations

For immediate release – December 1, 2022 BFFP US Environmental Justice Delegation Statement on the Global Plastics Treaty INC-1 Negotiations “We urge the United States delegation to meet with those of us being poisoned, rather than taking another meeting with the industries that are poisoning us.” Punta del Este, Uruguay – In the United States […]

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Every Store, Every Shelf: A call for Reuse Systems to be available and accessible to all

An opening presentation by UNEP at the multi-stakeholder forum of INC-1 on November 26th 2022 laid out the context and importance of basing the discussions on available and evolving science. Based on UNEP’s report, a lifecycle approach to end plastic pollution starts with reducing the size of the problem, which means eliminating unnecessary and problematic […]

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First Global Plastics Treaty Intergovernmental Meeting Concludes With a Mix of High and Low Points

Break Free From Plastic members worldwide respond to the main high and low points after a week of negotiations Punta del Este, Uruguay – The first intergovernmental committee meeting (INC-1) for an internationally legally binding instrument on plastic pollution convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concluded today with a mix of high and […]

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BFFP US Environmental Justice Delegation Statement on the Global Plastics Treaty INC-1 Negotiations

For immediate release – December 1, 2022 BFFP US Environmental Justice Delegation Statement on the Global Plastics Treaty INC-1 Negotiations “We urge the United States delegation to meet with those of us being poisoned, rather than taking another meeting with the industries that are poisoning us.” Punta del Este, Uruguay – In the United States […]

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Civil society and rightsholders ask UNEP for a more meaningful multi-stakeholder engagement process and to keep polluters out of global plastics treaty negotiations

26 November 2022, Punta del Este, Uruguay – A United Nations Environment Programme-organized Multi-Stakeholder Forum on plastics concluded today, offering recommendations to the first Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee meeting on the Global Plastics Treaty. However, civil society groups, Indigenous Peoples, and other stakeholders have pointed with concern to the problematic presence of those companies responsible for […]

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Member Stories

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Member in the Spotlight: Mission Reuse

Mission Reuse in The Hague with some members of parliament and the Dutch secretary of state (Minister of Environment) during our campaign about reusable coffee cups together with ‘Plastic Soup Surfer’ Merijn Tinga who e-surfed from Brussels to Amsterdam on a board made of disposable cups. Hi Mission Reuse! So who are you and where […]

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Member story: China Zero Waste Alliance

As a customer, you’re probably aware that most of the products you use daily — from high-end smartphones to low-cost holiday decorations — are manufactured in China. Yes, everything is manufactured in China. However, you may be unaware that China is also a significant contributor to global plastic pollution. In fact, China is the world’s […]

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See how a school from Brazil is using brand audits to become a plastic-free campus

Photo credit: Franco Brasileiro School. Bottles, bags, straws, wrappers. A single word signifies items so common in our routine: plastic. Every #PlasticFreeJuly questions about the use of these materials are raised. What impact do they have on the environment? Where do they go after being discarded? How can they be reused in daily life? Franco […]

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LOOK: Statement from #BreakFreeFromPlastic Member on the #GlobalPlaticsTreaty

"Let's be honest: 99 percent of what goes into plastic is fossil fuels; plastics are essentially fossil fuel in a different format, and we can NOT address plastic pollution without addressing plastic production," Christopher Chin, Executive Director of The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (@coare_org) said.

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BREAKING: #BreakFreeFromPlastic members worldwide respond to the high and low points after a week of negotiations at the First Global #PlasticsTreaty Intergovernmental Meeting (INC-1) convened by @unep in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Read the full statement at the link in our bio.
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After years of advocacy, the @brkfreeplastic movement and @RethinkPlastic alliance strongly welcome the @EU_ENVI’s vote in favor of a ban on extra-EU #plastic #waste exports!

On December 1, 2022, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted to set a ban on EU plastic waste exports to OECD and non-OECD countries as part of the revision of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation.

Here’s a quote from #BreakFreeFromPlastic #wastetrade project coordinator on what this vote means for Asia - read the entire @RethinkPlastic reaction link in our story!

#BreakFreeFromPlastic #RethinkPlastic #WasteTrade #WasteShipmentRegulation
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LOOK: Statement from #BreakFreeFromPlastic Member on the #GlobalPlasticsTreaty

“...Plastic recycling is valuable when done right but is ultimately meaningless without drastic cuts in production." Sirine Rached, Global Plastics Policy Coordinator @gaiaus_can said as she attended the Global #PlasticsTreaty INC-1.

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LOOK: Statement from #BreakFreeFromPlastic Member on the #GlobalPlasticsTreaty

“...in order to build reuse infrastructure we need a set of rules and standards to avoid ending with incompatible systems which will make scaling up and replication costly" Joan Marc Simon, Executive Director of @zero_waste_europe said as he attended “Reuse Systems: Raising the Ambition to Fight Plastic Pollution”

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LOOK: Statement from #BreakFreeFromPlastic Member on the #GlobalPlasticsTreaty

“We have learned from implementing reuse on the ground in Jakarta, that it can be accessible, affordable, integrated into existing infrastructure,” @iddkp (Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement) Executive Director Tiza Mafira said during “Reuse Systems: Raising the Ambition to Fight Plastic Pollution”

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Plastic doesn’t belong in our national parks and protected spaces! 🏞️ The #PlasticFreeParks TrashBlitz report from @5gyres reveals which items and brands are causing the most harm to @nationalparkservice.

Not surprisingly, the world’s top polluting corporations as identified in the #BrandAudit2022 report – @CocaCola, @Nestle, and @PepsiCo – also made the list of top brands polluting U.S. National Parks. It’s time to hold these corporate polluters responsible by demanding reductions in plastic production. #BreakFreeFromPlastic

Read the full report at the link in our story.

(Image credit: @5gyres)
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Happy Trashiversary @CocaCola, @PepsiCo, @Nestle, @Unilever, and @Mondelez_International! You are the top global plastic polluters of the last FIVE YEARS! Time to #BreakFreeFromPlastic 🚨

#BrandAudit2022
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QUICK RECAP of @UN #PlasticsTreaty negotiations >>> “There’s a lack of inclusion from those that are directly negatively impacted by this industry. And they need to be at the table,” said Frankie Orona with @S_N_N_1. “A lot of times they have solutions.”
https://apnews.com/article/business-united-nations-pollution-climate-and-environment-government-politics-f999c940c7d198433991a3b14f8450ef

Negotiations began this week for a landmark #PlasticsTreaty to end #plasticpollution globally. More than 160 countries, the plastic industry, environmentalists, scientists, waste pickers, tribal leaders + others affected by pollution attended the UN #INC1 https://apnews.com/article/business-united-nations-pollution-climate-and-environment-government-politics-f999c940c7d198433991a3b14f8450ef

The Protecting Communities from Plastics Act introduced in the U.S. Congress by @SenBooker & @RepHuffman (with @SenJeffMerkley & @RepLowenthal) would protect fenceline communities from toxic petrochemical, plastic-producing & waste incineration facilities. https://www.booker.senate.gov/news/press/booker-huffman-merkley-lowenthal-introduce-legislation-to-address-plastic-production-crisis

#BREAKING: @brkfreeplastic and GAIA member response to the closing of #PlasticsTreaty #INC1: a mix of highs and lows.

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https://www.no-burn.org/first-global-plastics-treaty-intergovernmental-meeting-concludes-with-a-mix-of-high-and-low-points/

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