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

An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind ...   Goats and Soda   STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD January 15, 20195:02 AM ET   Heard on Morn...
The answer to plastic pollution is to not create w... As holiday shopping ramps up, so do the dizzying varieties of plastic packaging tossed in recycling bins. And while we wish a Christmas miracle would ...
GAIA Members At the Frontlines of the Brand Audit ... When it comes to plastic pollution, all too often consumers are the ones who get the blame. Not anymore. The #breakfreefromplastic movement has taken ...
Support Grows to Control Plastic Waste in Internat... Support Grows to Control Plastic Waste in International Trade Treaty Global Partnership for Action on Plastic Waste Also Proposed Geneva, 6 S...