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188 groups say it’s time to ‘make the throw-away go away’

Before the 1950s and 60s, the majority of the products we produced and consumed were built to last. Milk bottles made of glass were returned and sterilized for re-use, restaurants offered ceramic plates and stainless-steel cutlery and the plastic bag was yet to be invented.

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NGOs call on Environment Ministers of the EU member states to stop the plastic flood

When meeting with your fellow Environment Ministers of the EU Member States on December 17th in Brussels, we urge you to take a decisive stand against plastic waste – hazardous to human health and the environment. Across the EU, an increasing number of disposable packaging and products, some of which are toxic, are being brought to market. At the same time, reusable products represent only a minor share, and high-quality and toxic-free recycling is not gaining any traction.

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New Federal Law green lights plastic waste export for burning

The Australian government’s much touted Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill is being debated in the Federal Senate this week, establishes a legal framework to repackage Australia’s plastic waste as fuel and send it to poor countries to burn. It also subsidises industries that process plastic waste into fuels’ to burn in cement kilns and incinerators in Australia. The new Bill undermines efforts to move to a circular economy that Australian citizens have been led to expect that this bill would deliver.

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188 groups say it’s time to ‘make the throw-away go away’

Before the 1950s and 60s, the majority of the products we produced and consumed were built to last. Milk bottles made of glass were returned and sterilized for re-use, restaurants offered ceramic plates and stainless-steel cutlery and the plastic bag was yet to be invented.

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NGOs call on Environment Ministers of the EU member states to stop the plastic flood

When meeting with your fellow Environment Ministers of the EU Member States on December 17th in Brussels, we urge you to take a decisive stand against plastic waste – hazardous to human health and the environment. Across the EU, an increasing number of disposable packaging and products, some of which are toxic, are being brought to market. At the same time, reusable products represent only a minor share, and high-quality and toxic-free recycling is not gaining any traction.

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New Federal Law green lights plastic waste export for burning

The Australian government’s much touted Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill is being debated in the Federal Senate this week, establishes a legal framework to repackage Australia’s plastic waste as fuel and send it to poor countries to burn. It also subsidises industries that process plastic waste into fuels’ to burn in cement kilns and incinerators in Australia. The new Bill undermines efforts to move to a circular economy that Australian citizens have been led to expect that this bill would deliver.

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Green groups urge ADB to stop lending for Waste-to-Energy incinerators as response to climate and health crises

More than 50 environmental and human rights groups have urged the Asian Development Bank  (ADB) to stop funding waste-to-energy incinerators as the world faces climate, health, and economic crises. In a letter addressed to the Bank, the groups called on ADB to exclude waste-to-energy (WtE) incineration and other thermal-based technologies from the list of renewable […]

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More transparency, stringency needed to preserve human rights and environment from plastic waste imports, says C4 report

The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) launched its report on plastic waste yesterday  with a webinar featuring a panel of experts, with the report and panel concluding that there needs to be  more transparent and stringent laws governing waste and recycling to preserve human rights, health and  the environment from local and […]

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Comprehensive Federal Legislation Addresses the Plastic Pollution Crisis

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 builds upon state and local laws across the country with proven plastic reduction strategies. WASHINGTON—Tomorrow, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) will reintroduce the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, the most comprehensive bill to address the plastic pollution crisis ever introduced in […]

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Member Stories

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Members in the Spotlight: Let’s Do It Foundation

Please introduce yourself(-ves) and your organisation? Our team: Kristiina Kerge, Kadi Kenk, Merili Vares, Kadri Kalle. Altogether, we have 28 years in the organisation. Longest team member has been with the organisation since 2010. We are mainly based in Estonia but have always worked remotely from different cities. Plastic has made it into the focus […]

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Building New Habits to Live Free of Plastic

For many years, I’ve heard of people doing their ecological transition and never really knew what it meant. Since 2015, I started behaving more responsibly and I was 100% certain I was living in a way that respects Nature. In 2018, I worked on a project to analyse how to influence consumers to behave in […]

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Righting the wrongs – Reusables are the only way forward

Refillable bottles were introduced by Coca-Cola in the 1940s and were the only way beverages were delivered. Those iconic glass Coca-Cola bottles were originally designed to be purchased, their fizzy contents consumed, and then returned to the company for reuse.  That changed in 1970s, when Coca Cola replaced them with single use plastic bottles. Fast forward to 2020 and we see Coca-Cola named as the #1 Top Global Polluter in our Brand-Audit results, a position it has held in BFFP global brand audits in 2018 and 2019 as well.

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"Producers are in the best position to be responsible because they control the types and amounts of packaging, plastics, and paper products that are put into the marketplace" Eric Goldstein, @NRDC

Corporations must #breakfreefromlastic🛑

READ @EcoWatch
https://www.ecowatch.com/environmental-guilt-earth-day-2652623232.htm

“Waste crime is a rising threat w/ roots in the inability to manage our plastic use & production. Systemic change & greater accountability are the only way to tackle a crisis that transcends national borders” - @EirikLindebjerg, @WWF

READ @theaseanpost👇
https://theaseanpost.com/article/plastic-waste-crime-problem

Welcome to #ReusableNappyWeek 2021! We need to switch to #plasticfree & #toxicfree nappies for the benefit of our planet & our babies’ health. It’s time for Europe to achieve a truly #circulareconomy, starting with nappies. Don’t you think @EU_Commission?
http://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/reusablenappyweek

“Plastics manufacturers have to take full responsibility for the pollution caused by these materials, & consumers need better incentives to use clean, green, long-life products” - Baroness Jones of Whitchurch
#breakfreefromplastic

READ @TheGuardian👇
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/18/supermarket-bags-for-life-must-cost-more-to-cut-plastic-use-urge-campaigners

'We found a lot of legacy plastic pollution everywhere we looked. It travels in the atmosphere and it deposits all over the world’ @jlbrahney, @USUAggies

To end plastic pollution, production has to stop. 🙌🏾
#breakfreefromlastic

READ more from @UNILAD
https://www.unilad.co.uk/science/microplastics-now-circulating-the-planet-like-oxygen-and-water-study-finds/

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