February is Zero Waste Month in Asia. And in this year’s celebrations, the #breakfreefromplastic movement is showcasing existing Zero Waste solutions in the Asia-Pacific. These include actions that any individual can do as well as measures that can be implemented by communities and cities. Join us in taking the story back and highlighting that Asia-Pacific is a haven of solutions to plastic pollution. Check out the list of activities below to participate, or get in touch with us to share your own zero-waste activities and stories!
Host a screening of The Story of Plastic documentary
The world has drastically changed because of COVID-19, and there’s no going “back to normal” even after it’s contained. The Story of Plastic’s message about the need for systems change and creating a more sustainable and equitable world is more important than ever. Host an online screening of this documentary and hold a discussion with your audience about its themes, what these mean to you, and what you can do about the problem.
Learn about the bigger picture
The plastic pollution problem is much more complex than the trash we see in our environment or the ones ingested by wildlife. With links to the climate emergency, environmental justice, overconsumption, and other pressing issues, the problem can only be addressed by viewing it through a systems lens. Browse our Resources to learn more.
Join the Plastic Free Campus Program
Schools and universities can join Break Free From Plastic’s global Plastic Free Campuses program. The program outlines concrete steps that students and administrators can take to address plastic waste on campus and educate the youth on the plastic pollution crisis.
Hold the top corporate plastic polluters accountable
Conduct brand audits along with cleanups to identify the corporations responsible for the unmanageable plastic waste in your community, school, or office. Then, hold them accountable by sending their plastic waste to their corporate offices or writing to them that while you want the product, you don’t want the plastic packaging that goes with it.
Push for local or national legislation
Write to your mayor or legislator to ask them to implement zero waste policies and systems. Circulate petitions in support of local or national legislation. You can find sample legislation and similar resources here.
Reduce consumption and plastic use
Say no to single-use plastic, bring your own reusable bags and containers, shop local and from zero waste/plastic-free establishments, repair items instead of buying new ones—there are so many ways to go plastic-free, conserve resources, and reduce waste as an individual, family, office, or school. Join the #WeChooseReuse revolution and demand a systems change!