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Zero Waste Cities of Southeast Asia

by Janssen Calvelo, Southeast Asia Network Organizer, #breakfreefromplastic | February 11, 2021

Polluted beaches, plastic-clogged rivers, and marine animals washed up on shore with plastics found on their stomachs - these are just some of the pictures depicting the grim reality on the shores of Southeast Asia. Since 2015, Southeast Asia has been considered the world’s worst marine plastic polluter. Five countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia) ranked as part of the top ten countries polluting the oceans and seas with plastics and other wastes.

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Zero Waste in South Asia – Who’s responsible?

by Awantika Pal, South Asia Network Organizer, #breakfreefromplastic | February 10, 2021

Growing up amid the lush green hills in a small town in Nepal, my understanding of paradise was fairly simple - fresh air to breathe in and a clean environment to live in. However, with changes in time my definition of paradise has not only changed, but has vanished behind the harsh realities of waste and pollution.

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Shifting the Narrative in Asia Pacific

by Satyarupa Shekhar, Asia Pacific Coordinator, #breakfreefromplastic | January 15, 2021

It is quite frequently that we come across articles and papers that declare the Asia Pacific region as the biggest contributor to ocean plastic. Labelling these countries as polluters is both facetious and inaccurate. For decades, Global North businesses have used plastic in their products, packaging, and delivery despite knowing that no feasible and viable ways to collect and process the material post-consumer use exist.

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