p-bag-free-day_22Strong zero waste systems at the municipal level are critical in preventing plastics pollution and the flow of plastic waste into oceans and waterways. Already, a growing array of cities around the world are demonstrating the cost-effectiveness and success of zero waste solutions, achieving more than 75% resource recovery rates through superior source separation programs, collection systems, and community education. Replicating these models in coastal cities where high volumes of waste enter the ocean provides a powerful opportunity to address marine plastics while simultaneously improving urban health and job opportunities.if-you-cant-recycle-it-re-design-it

GAIA’s multifaceted approach to addressing plastic pollution includes: (1) working with cities on zero waste systems that prevent plastics from entering dumps, incinerators, or oceans; (2) securing policies that reduce the production and consumption of single-use, disposable plastics; and (3) building a powerful movement to demand corporate redesign of products and delivery systems and to stop plastic at its source.

GAIA is proud to be a founding member of the #breakfreefromplastic initiative which includes hundreds of organizations worldwide committed to a world free of plastic pollution — learn more about #breakfreefromplastic and sign up to affirm the movement’s values and principles here.

News and Current Campaigns

GAIA Report | Plastics Exposed: How Waste Assessme... FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Year’s worth of sachet use in the Philippines can cover entire Metro Manila 1 foot deep in plastic waste* New quantitative...
Why I Am Joining the Greenpeace Ships By Froilan Grate Guimaras—that’s the name of the island  where I grew up. Located in Central Philippines, it is blessed with powdery white sand beach...
We Can’t Burn Away Our Plastic Problem By Claire Arkin, Communications Coordinator     When we hear about plastic pollution, it ...
“Zero Waste Cities Forum” gathers LGUs to take on ... Officials mull plastic bans and other policies to implement RA 9003, curb plastic pollution     Philippine leaders from communities ...