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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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Press Releases

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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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Eco Groups Welcome Passage of National Single-Use Plastic Regulation

Quezon City, Philippines —The pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition lauds the House of Representative for passing a national regulation on single-use plastic, which signifies a first step towards eradicating plastic pollution in the country.  “We welcome the timely passage of House Bill 9147 and we now challenge our Senators to act and pass a stronger national […]

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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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Ugandan Youth Climate Activist, @patiencenabukalu speaks the truth about plastic pollution and climate change:

“A plastic free environment is directly equal to a Green environment.” - @patiencenabukalu

There is no excuse for corporations, leaders, and decision makers to ignore our calls for a better future. It’s time for them to prioritize the health of people and the planet over profit. Time to #breakfreefromplastic.

📸: @patiencenabukalu
#stopplasticpollution #climateactionnow #climatejustice #plasticpollution #plasticwaste #endplasticproduction
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#ScrapEPR2021🤚 India's EPR draft regulations do not place the burden of plastic waste fairly and squarely back on the shoulders of plastic manufacturers 🧐. Corporates themselves should account for the safe handling of plastic waste during their entire life cycle. Stand up corporates! Don’t let governments and communities foot the bill 💰 for this plastic crisis! #BreakFreeFromPlastic @
@unilever @nestle @mondelez_international
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🎧 In Episode 4 of the #PeopleOverPlastic podcast, two #breakfreefromplastic changemakers share their experiences fighting to ban single-use plastic while promoting social and environmental justice.

Hear from Tricia Cortez of @rgisclaredo about the decade-long battle against plastic bags in Laredo, Texas, on the southern border of the United States, as well as how @goldmanprize recipient Gloria Majiga-Komoto galvanized a grassroots movement to uphold Malawi’s national ban on thin plastics.

Listen and subscribe at the link in @peoplexplastic’s bio.
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“I want all children to know that we have the right to live in a safe, clean and healthy environment. So we have to be brave to speak up,” said 14-year old activitist Aeshnina Azzahra "Nina" Aqilani.

More and more young people are taking the lead in pushing for much needed change in policies, systems, and behavior to end plastic pollution and unjust waste management.

Learn more about Nina and the world that this generation is living in. Link in our story. 👆

📸 @prigi.arisandi
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#WeChooseReuse because single use plastic pollutes throughout its life cycle.

Did you know that single-use plastic doesn’t just pollute when it becomes waste, but every step along its life cycle?

Production of plastic begins with the extraction of fossil fuels, which emits significant greenhouse gases that contribute to our climate crisis. Carbon emissions also occur at transformation and end of life.

Reuse is THE solution to prevent excessive plastic pollution. The EU can make it a reality for all around Europe. Sign the commitment today to show your support 👉🏼 link in our stories 💫

#EWWR2021 #ZeroWasteCities #wechoosereuse #breakfreefromplastic
#reuserevolution #circulareconomy #reuse #refill #choosetoreuse #justrecovery #notdisposable
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As people across the United States observe the #Thanksgiving holiday, leaders with @enviroam and @uspirg are calling on Whole Foods to eliminate single-use plastic packaging in their stories.

Grocery stores that market themselves as “sustainable” should make plastic-free shopping easy, but Whole Foods unfortunately received a failing grade for the @_asyousow_ 2021 Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard.

Share this post and tag @wholefoods to let them know that customers want plastic-free groceries!

#BreakFreeFromPlastic #CorporateAccountability #NoExcuseForSingleUse #PlanetOverPlastic
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Policy makers are just a few decisions away from making reuse systems a reality for all.

To all decision-makers in Europe: reuse and refill systems are in demand. We just need the right policy in place that encourages and supports innovative, circular economy businesses that reduce plastic production and pollution.

Show YOUR support for a reuse future. Sign the #WeChooseReuse commitment today!

💫 Link in our stories 💫

#EWWR2021 #ZeroWasteCities #wechoosereuse #breakfreefromplastic
#reuserevolution #circulareconomy #reuse #refill #choosetoreuse #justrecovery #notdisposable
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As individuals, we can only do so much in reducing our usage especially if BIG PLASTIC continues to produce single-use plastics.

Governments have the power to regulate plastic production. Corporations have the resources to redesign their packaging. Decision makers have the choice to prioritize the health of people and the planet over profit.

We need corporations, governments, and decision makers to join us as we #breakfreefromplastic.

📸: @beyondplasticsbennington meme contest submission

#zerowaste #goforzerowaste #climatechange #climateaction #plasticpollution #environmentalactivist #responsibleconsumption
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The Emmy-winning documentary “The Story of Plastic” is available to watch for FREE through the end of November 2021 ... so now is the perfect time to gather your family and friends for a movie night! 🎬🍿

The Story of Plastic is a powerful documentary that reveals the truth behind the plastic pollution crisis, including the industry’s false solutions and how #breakfreefromplastic changemakers and allies are fighting back as part of a global movement.

WATCH IT NOW FOR FREE 🎥: @storyofstuff @plasticpollutes @peakplastic

#StoryofPlastic #PlasticJustice #ClimateJustice #EnvironmentalJustice #SocialJustice #PlasticPollutes
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A sachet on the seafloor! 🌊🐟 Who put it there? And who will take it out? Sachets, by virtue of their small size and their massive over- production, are easily lost to the environment. Companies want you to believe that beach clean-ups will solve the mess they make. It won’t.⛔ We demand that sachets be replaced with truly reusable packaging.⏳ #SachetsAway #BreakFreeFromPlastic @unilever @nestle
📷: Noel Guevara @greenpeace
Sachets are wasteful by design. It's time ⏳ we did away with them. #SachetsAway
(Sachets are single or multilayered single-use plastics that typically contain small serve or single serve products).
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🚢 Plastic waste trade. Plastic production. Social, environmental and health injustices. The climate crisis. These are ALL correlated 🔄

Today, the long awaited proposal of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation was finalised. @virginijus_sinkevicius and the @europeancommission had the opportunity to lead on delivering the world's most ambitious rules on waste trade. But the current regulation will still allow for the EU to export its plastic waste all around the world and encourage illegal waste trade.

We need more, ambitious measures. All eyes are now on the EU Parliament to make the plastic waste trade ban a reality🛑

#WasteTrade #breakfreefromplastic #WasteShipment #COP26 #EuropeanCommission
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Check out the story behind the stories! 🎧 @ShilpiChhotray, Founder of @peopleXplastic & former #breakfreefromplastic Global Communications Lead, is "asking people to listen and have a chat with your kids at dinner, or if you’re the kid, have a chat with your parents over lunch."

The Revelator@Revelator_News

The Fight Against Plastic: ‘If You’re Not at the Table, You’re on the Menu’ @ShilpiChhotray @peopleXplastic #plastic #plasticpollution https://therevelator.org/people-plastic-chhotray/

Waste shipment authorities and COSCO shipping lines responded to a letter sent to them in the Greek port of Piraeus early this morning by @BaselAction as part of a coalition effort to prevent European #waste from being exported.

Read the full story ⬇️
https://buff.ly/3Dcdv6d

#ScrapEPR2021 India's EPR2021 draft does not place the burden of plastic waste on plastic manufacturers. Corporates are responsible for plastic waste through its life cycle. Not governments or communities! #BreakFreeFromPlastic @Unilever @Nestle @MDLZ

Did you know the outdoor industry has a #toxic secret? ☣️ @REI is a popular retail and outdoor recreation services business known for its “eco-friendly” brand … but, unfortunately, much of the gear it sells contains waterproofing chemicals called #PFAS! https://saferchemicals.org/2021/11/03/rei-stop-leaving-a-toxic-trail-of-pollution/

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