As governments plan to transition into a post-pandemic world, creating more resilient cities and communities is necessary now more than ever. A key to this transition is establishing zero-waste cities, which are essential to building more sustainable local economies, strengthening public health, and using resources efficiently.

For decades, the Asia-Pacific region has been touted as the center of the plastic pollution crisis, with many claiming that the lack of proper recycling infrastructure in lower-income countries have caused the influx of waste dumped into the sea. Now, we are shifting this narrative not only by exposing the issues brought by global waste trade and demanding accountability from plastic producers, but also by paving the way to making zero waste a possibility.

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!

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Hosting a Zero Waste event? Let’s add it in our calendar!

Check out GAIA’s Zero Waste Festivals!

The Story of Plastic | Free Online Screenings from February 1-12

Take the Refill Challenge! Be a hero, ditch bottled drinks!

Petitions You Can Support

From Single-Use to Systems Change: A Call to Action

Pass a national ban on single-use plastic in the Philippines!

It’s Time to Reveal, Reduce, and Redesign for Lazada and Shopee!

Have an existing petition you want to be featured?

Social Media Toolkit

How are you celebrating Zero Waste Month 2021? Tag us on social media by using #breakfreefromplastic and #ZeroWasteMonth2021, and encourage your friends to do the same!

▪ February is Zero Waste Month in Asia Pacific and we’re not just talking about bringing an eco bag to the grocery store or skipping plastic straws. We’re gonna talk about Zero Waste SYSTEMS and community-wide solutions for a plastic-free future! 🙌🏾

Swipe to find out how you can join the celebration. ✨

▪ February is Zero Waste Month in Asia Pacific and we’re kicking it up a notch! We’ll be talking about Zero Waste SYSTEMS and community-wide solutions for a plastic-free future! 🙌🏾

Swipe to find out how you can join the campaign. ✨

#breakfreefromplastic #GoForZeroWaste

If you want to translate the social media toolkit to your language, message us below to request templates that you can use.

Resources

Looking to start zero waste efforts in your community or city? Check out more toolkits from BFFP members

We Choose Reuse

Let’s replace single-use plastic with reusable systems. Join the Reuse Revolution across Europe!

Plastic Free Campuses

Laying the foundation for a new generation of changemakers who are leading the revolution on the plastic pollution crisis, to understand one of the root causes of climate change and to seek out lasting solutions by engaging the biggest (and smallest) campuses and schools worldwide to go plastic-free.

Zero Waste Masterplan

The Zero Waste Masterplan is the pioneering knowledge platform created by Zero Waste Europe and its members to support the further development of the zero waste model on a local level and turn circular economy in reality in Europe.

The Zero Waste Masterplan: A guide to building just and resilient Zero Waste Cities

This toolkit is for policymakers, sustainability professionals, environmental advocates, and grassroots organizers leading their cities into a green and just future through zero waste. The solutions are out there. It’s time to make a plan.

Zero Waste City Manual

A toolkit to establish city and community zero waste systems

Contact Us

Got any great ideas or burning questions? Interested in starting a zero waste project but don’t know where to begin? Drop us a line below!

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Learn more about the Break Free From Plastic movement through any of these channels:

www.breakfreefromplastic.org

Join the movement here! In case you’re already a member, you can update your profile with the same link. This way, we can contact you about opportunities specific to your location, expertise, and interests!