Plastic waste constitutes between 60% and 80% of marine debris and is “one of the world’s most pervasive pollution problems impacting our oceans and waterways,” according to the U.N. Over the past 60 years, plastics production and waste have dramatically increased.

From raw material extraction through to plastic polluting the ocean, plastics represent the failure of a predominantly fossil fuel based, linear economic system. A problem this complex and embedded in our societies and economies requires solutions that address the cross-sector nature of the problem and are built upon sustainable, socially, and environmentally just frameworks that deliver permanent solutions and the deep changes we need.

GAIA is proud to be a founding member of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement which includes hundreds of organizations worldwide committed to a world free of plastic pollution. As a movement, we believe in holistic solutions that address the root cause of plastic pollution and work to reduce it first and foremost. We believe that all solutions should sustain the health of people and the planet and include community involvement and worker rights.

As a movement, we assert that as part of our pathway to world free of plastic pollution, no new incinerators should be constructed, and renewable energy incentives should be eliminated for plastics and waste burning. This includes gasification, pyrolysis, cement kilns, and other burn “waste-to-energy” facilities. These are false solutions that take us backward in our work for healthy oceans and people.

Check out GAIA staff member Anne Larracas’ words on the kinds of solutions we are building for plastic pollution —and the necessity of the global south as leaders in the solutions, and our factsheet on why incineration, gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma arc are NOT solutions for plastic pollution.

News and Current Campaigns

Tragedy in Ethiopia: zero waste could have saved r... GAIA, March 15th, 2017. More than 70 recyclers were killed and others are still missing after the collapse of tons of waste at the Koshe landfill of A...
Informe revela miles de millones de dólares perdid... Contacto: magdalena@no-burn.org GAIA, Marzo 2017. Un nuevo informe de la Alianza Global para Alternativas a la Incineración (GAIA) reveló que las emp...
EcoGroups Warn Against Plastic Waste Burning February 24, 2017, Quezon City — Environmental groups in the Philippines warn against plastic pollution investment strategies proposed as “solutions” ...
Statement of Appreciation to the Government of Ind... The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) applauds the government of Indonesia for its commitment to reduce 70% of plastic pollution in ...