Meet Our Members: Earthlife Africa

Earthlife Africa: 30 years of Environmental Justice activism   by Makoma Lekalakala and Muna Lakhani   30 years ago, at the height of the state of emergency and oppressive apartheid system in Souht Africa, a small and diverse group of people founded...

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The Chemicals Lurking in Your Carpet

What's a consumer to do when carpets-- even those with the most "environmentally friendly" certifications-- are shown to contain toxic chemicals that could threaten your and your family's health? Toxics and recycling policy expert Miriam Gordon warns of...

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Implementing Zero Waste: Easier over Time

By Sherma E Benosa   “I've already got loads of things to do, and you also want me to segregate my waste?” The man, perhaps in his mid-60s, sounded and looked annoyed. We asked him to segregate their waste before giving them to the waste collector next time. “It’s...

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Meet our Members ZWE edition – ZW North West

Zero Waste North West   Interview with Maeve O'Neil, chair of Zero Waste North West by Yianna Sigalou Hi Maeve, can you give us a brief introduction to Zero Waste North West’s focus? Zero Waste North West formed in March 2013 to oppose plans for a...

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Green groups challenge ADB to innovate, not incinerate

Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 9 November 2018 — Green groups today challenged the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to live up to its stated mandate and stop financing any form of waste incineration. Incineration, including so-called “waste-to-energy” (WTE) incineration,...

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YPBB: Indonesia’s Pioneer in Zero Waste

YPBB: Indonesia’s Pioneer in Zero Waste When you talk of Zero Waste communities in Indonesia, three cities come to mind: Bandung, Cimahi, and Soreang. These cities, which used to struggle with managing their waste, have in recent years become leaders in...

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GAIA Members At the Frontlines of the Brand Audit Revolution

When it comes to plastic pollution, all too often consumers are the ones who get the blame. Not anymore. The #breakfreefromplastic movement has taken the same-old beach clean-up—where citizens gather to pick up trash—and added a twist: the brand audit. Now...

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GAIA Response to World Bank Report, “What a Waste 2.0”

For Immediate Release              October 2, 2018 Contact: Claire Arkin, Campaign and Communications Associate, GAIA, claire@no-burn.org, 510-883-9490 ext: 111   Experts Urge Drastic Waste Reduction Measures Following Release of World Bank Waste Report   FOR...

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OUT NOW! Waste Not Asia Quarterly

GAIA Asia Pacific is pleased to share the second issue of its official quarterly, Waste Not Asia, covering the period April to March 2018. The issue features stories from the World Environment Day in June, profiles on Zero Waste heroes, and updates from China,...

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[PROFILE] Taking on Giants

By Sherma E. Benosa It was like a modern version of the biblical story of David and Goliath, where the young boy David took on the giant Goliath—an uneven battle that saw the underdog eventually emerging victorious. In our version, Froilan Grate, regional coordinator...

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New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance: 26 Years fighting for waste equity   For over two decades, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) has been uniting grassroots organizations in low-income neighborhoods and communities of...

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S.F. invites world to join in zero-waste initiative

San Francisco’s color-coded trash bins — the black, the blue and the green — marked a breakthrough in waste reduction when they hit the curbs nearly two decades ago. Now, the pioneering program that encouraged residents to separate their recyclables and...

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Incinerators in trouble

As part of a series of projects planned to support and elevate grassroots efforts against trash incinerators in the U.S., GAIA released a factsheet on failing incinerators, featuring five key locations. Commerce Refuse-to-Waste Facility (CREF)...

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Bring Your Own Bag, Say No to Plastic Bags

In conjunction of Plastic Bag Free Day on 3rd July, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) distributed free cloth bags made from discarded t-shirts to market-goers in Bagan Ajam Market in Butterworth, Penang. The event to mark the global day of action was a joint...

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As a lead-up to World Environment Day on June 5, environmental justice groups are launching today an unprecedented coordinated waste and brand audits in key cities in India.

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GAIA Rejects Dangerous Reform of Buenos Aires Zero Waste Law

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and all its members around the world express our disappointment and concern for this process and its results. By removing the clause that prevented incineration, this is no longer a Zero Waste Law, since the Zero Waste concept excludes incineration technology and its variants.

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Zero Waste Cities: Tackling the Global Waste Problem

By Kripa Ramachandran In 2015, a report titled ‘Stemming the Tide’ commissioned by Ocean Conservancy, an environmental advocacy group based in the United States, claimed that five Asian countries—China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand—together account for...

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#Youth For Zero Waste

By Paula de Castro The youth are a crucial force in Zero Waste implementation in the Asia Pacific region. And to highlight just how important their roles are, three youth-centered initiatives were given the spotlight during the recent International Zero Waste Cities...

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Implementing Zero Waste: Challenging But Doable

By Sherma E. Benosa As the world scrambles to solve the plastic waste crisis, two Asian cities stand tall for having made huge strides not only in waste management but also in waste reduction. Trivandrum City in Kerala, India, and the City of San Fernando in Pampanga,...

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Dumaguete Youth to Lawmakers: Ban Plastic Bags Now

By Sherma E. Benosa Hundreds of Dumaguete youth added their voice to the ongoing youth-initiated petition urging the countries’ lawmakers to pass a national ban on single-use plastics. The call came during the 5th Zero Waste Youth Convergence held early this year at...

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Corporations Told: Own Up to Global Plastic Crisis

BANDUNG, Indonesia (March 8, 2018) — Companies producing and earning from their problematic products should take on the responsibility for the global plastic pollution. “It's unfair for companies, who earn billions of dollars annually, to pass the burden and...

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Facts about “Waste-to-Energy” Incinerators

Incinerators are facilities that treat waste by burning it. They come under many names such as “mass burn incinerators,” “thermal treatment facilities,” or so-called “waste-to-energy” (WTE) plants, and involve processes such as combustion, pyrolysis, gasification, or...

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Recycling is Not Enough

Industry is planning to quadruple the amount of plastic on the planet by 2050. Even with the best possible global recycling rate, the amount of plastic polluting the environment would still DOUBLE. Recycling is not enough, we need less plastic.

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Dumaguete Youth Converge for Zero Waste

Over 1,000 Dumaguete youth are expected to gather at Foundation University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental today to learn from and share ideas and experiences with youth leaders from Zero Waste model communities across the country during the 5th Zero Waste Youth...

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Ways to Zero Waste Photo Contest

Are you into Zero Waste? GAIA invites nationals residing in Asia Pacific countries to share how they practice Zero Waste by joining our #WaysToZeroWaste social media photo contest! Simply take pictures of the ways you practice Zero Waste and post them on your social...

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Carpets and Cancer: In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s Time for Carpet Manufacturers to Disclose their Toxic Secrets: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Miriam Gordon, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) October was named Breast Action Awareness month for a reason. One in eight women born in...

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Say NO to Dow’s Dirty Energy Bag!

DOW Chemical and Keep America Beautiful’s latest greenwashing scheme, the Hefty Energy Bag program, wants to dupe us into thinking that burning plastic in cement kilns is recycling. In reality this is a toxic disposal method.

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California passes strong new carpet stewardship policy!

Read the full Press Release We applaud the signing of California’s AB 1158 into law as a significant step for the state and a new global standard in producer responsibility. California’s AB 1158 repairs the state’s Carpet Stewardship Program. As cities and states...

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No al incinerador en México! No incinerator in Mexico!

Los abajo firmantes se oponen a la construcción del incinerador Veolia propuesto para la Ciudad de México, que dañará el medio ambiente y la salud de la comunidad, desplazará a los recicladores y desincentivará las políticas de cero residuos en la región. Instamos a...

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Zero Waste Academy Produces First Batch of Graduates

By Sherma E. Benosa Two weeks after its launch, the Zero Waste Academy, a project of the Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), has produced its first batch of graduates. The participants, composed of NGO and...

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Community victory against incineration in Mexico

After a meeting of the Tizayuca Communities and the Hidalgo State Government, the Tizayuca incinerator project was temporarily cancelled in order to better address community concerns, including lack of transparency throughout the process.

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Toward a Zero-Waste World

By Sherma E. Benosa Against the backdrop of excessive garbage being produced daily, vendors aggressively market “waste-to-energy” incineration technologies (WtEs) as the answer that will not only solve this mounting waste problem but also produce energy. This pitch of...

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Root to Rise – The Women’s March, and How to Move Forward

History was made on January 21st, 2017, as millions of people took to the streets in solidarity to protest the new US Trump administration. GAIA’s US and Canada Regional Coordinator Ahmina Maxey was in Washington DC for the unforgettable day, and had the opportunity...

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Filipino Barangays – Leading the Way in Zero Waste Models

Communities in the Philippines that were once riddled with trash are being recognized for their revolutionary zero waste models. By implementing a combination of effective policy advocacy, powerful grassroots organizing, and meaningful community education...

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GAIA in the U.S.: Standing for strong waste and climate policy

GAIA's US & Canada program has been closely monitoring the Clean Power Plan in the last few months. California, where our U.S. office is based, has started the official process of developing a compliance plan with the federal Clean Power Plan. In September, GAIA was...

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Our thoughts following the United States elections

We recognize that a Trump presidency will increase the threats to people and the planet worldwide. Today we affirm GAIA’s commitment to unity, equity, and justice in the face of the racism, misogyny, and xenophobia that was emboldened during this election.

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Are you ready to #breakfreefromplastic with us?

An international group of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) is coming together to do something big. Our goal is to work together to stop plastic pollution. We are trying to make this movement as big as possible, and we want you to join!

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Imported garbage to be returned from Philippines to Canada!

A few years ago, more than a 100 container vans of mixed waste that were falsely declared as plastics intended for recycling were illegally exported from Canada to the Philippines. GAIA and our members have fought hard against this, and last week, a regional trial...

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History and Victories

GAIA's founding meeting was held in South Africa in December 2000, with the participation of more than 80 people from 23 countries. Founding members identified incineration as an immediate and significant health threat in their communities and a major obstacle to...

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GAIA Paris Declaration on Zero Waste for Climate Justice

The participating organisations of GAIA stand in solidarity with Paris frontline communities carrying the pollution burdens and health impacts associated with waste incinerators. We declare our firm resolve and expanded commitment to work towards a safe climate future through zero waste solutions.

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