Sachets fuel plastic waste crisis in the Philippines

New GAIA report exposes big problems in small packets  Quezon City, Philippines (July 14, 2020) —New findings and recommendations for companies and policymakers to address the onslaught of plastic sachet waste were revealed in a new report, SACHET ECONOMY:...

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Back to Basics

Multinational companies have been flooding the Philippines with plastic sachets, uprooting traditional packaging and delivery systems. It’s time to go back to what works.  By Sherma Benosa, Knowledge Management Officer, GAIA Asia Pacific Glaiza Lee, a writer in her...

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Meet Our Members – CSARO

Community Sanitation and Recycling Organization (CSARO) Cambodia Bringing waste pickers and the community together Interview with Heng Yonkora by Sonia G. Astudillo When we think of Cambodia, we think of temples, old civilizations, and Tomb Raider.  Unknown to many,...

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Plastic Task Force: new citizen muscles in Kerala

Contributed by Sangeetha Pradeep, Thanal Zero-Waste team, Thrissur On September 19, 2019, 110 youth volunteers from the nine coastal districts of Kerala formed the Plastic Task Force.  Just like friends from the larger Break Free From Plastic movement, they dream of...

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Zero Zbel Academy II

By Carissa Marnce, GAIA Africa Communications Officer The Coronavirus pandemic has led to many in-person learning activities around the world being postponed. However, Zero Zbel of Morocco has managed to overcome this obstacle through hosting an online...

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Meet Our Members – Zero Waste British Columbia

Zero Waste British Columbia Working Together for System Change    Interview with Sue Maxwell by Claire Arkin How was Zero Waste British Columbia founded?  Zero Waste BC has been around since 2008. It was formed by a group of people committed to zero waste who were...

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Chemical Recycling: Distraction, Not Solution

GAIA has released a new technical analysis authored by chemical engineers Dr. Andrew Neil Rollinson and Dr. Jumoke Oladejo. The report reveals that chemical recycling is polluting, energy intensive, and has a track record of technical failures. The plastic pollution...

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Chemical Recycling: Miracle Cure, or Snake Oil?

By Claire Arkin, Communications Coordinator As people around the world call for an end to plastic pollution, the plastic and petrochemical industry has seized upon a silver bullet solution: chemical recycling, or “advanced recycling.” This older, failed technology has...

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Show Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives

Show Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives Dear Friends, The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN is a horrific act of police brutality in a long history of horrific violence against Black, people of color, and indigenous people in America. The state...

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Meet Our Members – ESDO

Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) Bangladesh Harvesting ideas and securing a better home for all Interview with Siddika Sultana by Sonia G. Astudillo Best known to be the 1st NGO in the world to push for plastic shopping bag ban in Bangladesh way...

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Waste Picker Exchange in Kenya

Waste Pickers hold skill exchange in Kenya By Carissa Marnce, GAIA Africa Communications Officer From social stigmatization to exploitation from the private sector, Waste Pickers face many challenges in their line of work. Determined to prevail over these challenges,...

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Our Care for Waste Workers

Contributed by Iwut Wulandari, YPBB - Indonesia Who makes sure your home's waste is managed, so you don't have to litter or burn trash that can produce toxic gases that are harmful to you? It is the waste workers. They make sure that our waste is collected and, even...

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Learn by the nugget – AP webinars

Learn by the nuggets GAIA Asia Pacific webinar series Learn by the nuggets: GAIA AP webinar/webshop series Learn by the nuggets webinar series features the work of GAIA members, and offers a deep dive on the latest reports and campaigns. This webshop series takes...

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Meet Our Members – AEEFG

Association de l’Education Environnementale pour les Futures Générations (AEEFG) Interview with Semia Gharbi by Carissa Marnce Semia Gharbi is an environmental science and management expert, she is also an educator who specialized in Life Sciences and Geology. As...

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COVID heroes from India

Videos by Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Chintan responded by raising funds to help waste pickers in Delhi, India.  They distributed over 2000+ ration kits in 23 worst hit areas of Delhi, reaching...

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GAIA Asia Pacific in the time of COVID-19

GAIA AP in the time of Covid-19 The COVID-19 pandemic while revealing the ugly truth about social structures and injustices has also revealed the kindness in many people's hearts and the sense of community to extend help to those in need.  Once again we are reminded...

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Waste workers in the frontline

Contributed by Suchismita Pai, SWaCH Outreach Quit your work or move, when faced with this tough option, Anjana Ghorke chose to move rather than quit. In these times of the Corona Virus when most of us are afraid to move outside our homes and have work-from-home...

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Fondo Solidario de Emergencia

FONDO SOLIDARIO DE EMERGENCIA  A medida que el COVID-19 se propaga a través de nuestras comunidades, se hace más evidente que los peligros que este virus representa no nos impactarán a todas/os por igual   Algunas y algunos de nosotros podemos quedarnos en casa sin...

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A message of solidarity for our GAIA members in Asia Pacific

Dear GAIA AP Members, We hope that the message of solidarity from the GAIA Coordination Team gave you a sense of comfort and community amid this growing COVID-19 pandemic. We take this opportunity to highlight a few reminders stated in the initial message: We hope you...

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Earth Day Zero Waste Meme Competition!

Earth Day Meme Contest Guidelines This Earth Day, we want to turn to all the zero waste and social media gurus in our community to crowdsource ways to mainstream the concept of zero waste. That’s why GAIA and PLAN are hosting an Earth Day Meme Contest! We’re...

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Solidarity and care in the middle of this pandemic

Solidarity and care in the middle of this pandemic  Dear GAIA members, Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 pandemic, the GAIA coordination team wants to let you know that we care greatly about your safety and we are monitoring the situation as best we...

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Chemicals in food packaging: a global health threat

Environment groups in Asia Pacific call on policy makers to beef up single-use plastics ban; phase-out toxic chemicals from food packaging; and mandate safe, reusable alternatives Australia/India/Malaysia/Nepal/Philippines—Close to 200 environmental and public health...

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It’s Time for America to Wake Up and Smell the Garbage

U.S. & Canada Regional Coordinator Denise Patel To Speak Out on Waste, Climate, and Environmental Justice at the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Wednesday, March 4 As the U.S. grapples with more and more climate-related disasters, along with a...

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National Toxics Network

National Toxics Network (Australia) More committed than ever…. Interview with Jane Bremmer by Sonia G. Astudillo Over 25 years of fighting pollution and protecting environmental health and justice in Australia and the rest of the Oceana region,...

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Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales (RADA)

Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales (RADA)                                                                Interview with Alejandra Parra by Camila Aguilera [read article in Spanish] Alejandra is a biologist, specialized in natural resources management, holds a...

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Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance

Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance Bringing zero waste to Gia Đình Việt Nam (Vietnamese homes)   Interview with Dr. Xuan Quach by Sonia G. Astudillo The Zero Waste movement around the globe is rapidly growing. Just on the first month of 2020, stories of towns, cities, and...

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COP 25: A Failure to Face the Climate Emergency

By Sirine Rached, GAIA Global Policy Advocate  2019 saw intensifying climate chaos and mobilization for decisive action. Days before COP25 was due to start in Madrid under Chile’s presidency, the UN Environment Programme announced that countries had to cut their...

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GAIA Member Victories in 2019!

2019 was an exciting year for the GAIA network. Our members’ achievements were too numerous to count, so we put a few highlights here. What are YOUR big victories of 2019? Write to us at info@no-burn.org or tag us on social media! We helped pass groundbreaking new...

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Texas Campaign for the Environment

A Texas Free From Pollution   Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) has been organizing around its vision for a “Texas free from pollution” since 1991. In its early years, TCE helped get recycling and household waste in major Texas cities. In 2001, TCE helped close...

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Truth Behind the Trash: “America Recycles Day”

By Adi Varshneya, Zero Waste Communities Coordinator, GAIA US & Canada What’s wrong with America Recycles Day?  “America Recycles Day” and its host organization, Keep America Beautiful both have nice-sounding names, but that’s part of the problem. While the...

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Meet Our Members – Zero Waste Kiel

Zero Waste Kiel e.V., Germany   Interview with Marc Delapierrière from Zero Waste Kiel, by Rossella Recupero   Hi Marc, can you give us a brief introduction to Zero Waste Kiel e.V.? Hi, of course! Zero Waste Kiel e.V. was founded in 2016 and has been a member of the...

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Meet Our Members – CESTA

  CESTA, Amigos de la Tierra, El Salvador   Interview with Ricardo Navarro, founder and president of CESTA and 1995 Goldman Prize recipient, by Camila Aguilera CESTA, the Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology, was founded in 1980 and it is El Salvador's first...

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International Zero Waste Cities Conference 2019

Organized by GAIA and Consumers’ Association of Penang Hosted by Seberang Perai Municipal Council 14-15 October 2019 | Penang, Malaysia Zero Waste challenges the “take-make-waste” mode, focusing on collective responsibility and waste prevention. To date, more than 25...

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Meet Our Members: Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN)     Interview with Young Sarah Grguras from Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN), by Claire Arkin Hi Young, can you give us a brief history of your organization? Post-landfill action network (PLAN) started as a moveout program on the...

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Zero Waste Academy in Indonesia

Zero Waste Academy in Indonesia Creating zero waste communities, one city at a time   by Maria Sonia G. Astudillo   Zero Waste Asia is no longer a dream but a possibility. GAIA-Asia Pacific and YPBB held the 1st Zero Waste Academy (ZWA) in Indonesia this past month of...

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Meet Our Members – Hnutí DUHA

Hnutí DUHA   Interview with Romana Kacklíková from Hnutí DUHA, by Rossella Recupero   Hi Romana, can you give us a brief introduction to Hnuti’ DUHA’s focus? Hnutí DUHA was founded in 1989, 30 years ago, since then, we have been working to solve some of the most...

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Meet Our Members – PlastiCo

PlastiCo Project, Ecuador   The beginning: from frustration to action PlastiCo Project is an organization from Ecuador that through its three main programs: education, consulting, and production, seeks to raise awareness about the problem of single-use plastics,...

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We are hiring: Climate and Zero Waste Finance Associate

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organizations and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptom of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we...

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We are hiring: Resource Mobilization Associate

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organizations and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptom of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we...

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New Report: The Age of Incinerators in the U.S. is Ending

Today, The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School in New York City has released a report that confirms what we’ve long known to be true: the people who have the least responsibility for the waste crisis in the U.S.--low income communities and...

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Meet Our Members – Mother Earth Foundation

Mother Earth Foundation, Adressing Solid Waste Management in the Philippines   Maria Sonia G. Astudillo   If one talks of Zero Waste program implementation in Southeast Asia, one organization readily comes to mind: Mother Earth Foundation (MEF). MEF was...

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Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

Everyone knows what causes climate change: fossil fuels. What’s less known is that plastic is also a climate polluter, as it is made from fossil fuels, such as crude oil, coal, and natural gas.  New research published by Center for International...

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The Hidden Climate Polluter: Plastic Incineration

Everyone knows what causes climate change: fossil fuels. What’s less known is that plastic is also a climate polluter, as it is made from fossil fuels, such as crude oil, coal, and natural gas.  New research published by Center for International Environmental Law...

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UN Decides to Control Global Plastic Waste Dumping

Major Plastic Waste Producers Must Get Consent Before Exporting their Toxic Trash to Global South FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 10, 2019 Geneva, Switzerland — Today, 187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic...

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Meet our Members ZWE – Za Zemiata

Za Zemiata     Interview with Evgenia Tasheva, from Za Zemiata by Sarah Martin   Za Zemiata (ZZ) is an independent non-profit non-governmental organization established in 1995 to work for environmental justice and sustainable and equitable life on our planet, without...

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Toxics & Climate Activists Unite Against Covanta

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2019 Contact: Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics, larkin@beyondtoxics.org 541-465-8860 Damon Motz-Storey, Oregon PSR, damon@oregonpsr.org, 303-913-5634   Toxics & Climate Activists Unite Against Covanta Coalition calls on Oregon State Senators to...

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Meet our Members: Ecology Center Berkeley

The Ecology Center: Turning the recycling crisis into an opportunity for Zero Waste     On April 22nd, 1970, communities across the United States celebrated the first Earth Day. This national event-- the largest mass demonstration in the country until the...

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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 beaches, the sweetest mangoes, and some of the warmest people in the planet. I remember spending my childhood in the...

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Are Businesses Ready to Beat Plastic Pollution?

Millions of tonnes of plastic waste leaks into the world’s oceans every year. Though these are local, the problem of plastic production, waste generation, and plastic pollution is global. Global plastic production has increased steadily and has reached 320 million...

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Meet our Members ZWE – Ecological Recycling Society

Ecological Recycling Society (ECOREC)  Interview with Eugenia Skoufi, from ECOREC by Yianna Sigalou  Hi Eugenia, can you give us a brief introduction to Ecorec’s focus? The Ecological Recycling Society was founded in 1990, as a response to the narrative at...

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Plastics and health

We Can’t Burn Away Our Plastic Problem By Claire Arkin, Communications Coordinator     When we hear about plastic pollution, it often takes the form of sea turtles with straws up their noses, seals with plastic nets around their necks, and seabirds with...

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Meet our Members: Surfrider Maroc

Sufrider Maroc: protecting our oceans, beaches and waves   The world’s toxic romance with plastic started in the early 20th century, when this synthetic material was first manufactured. As the century progressed, plastics quickly became ubiquitous in our...

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An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste

  Goats and Soda   STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD January 15, 20195:02 AM ET   Heard on Morning Edition CHRISTOPHER JOYCE Plastic waste washes in from Manila Bay and the ocean, covering the beach and mangrove trees of Freedom Island, a protected area in the bay....

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The Philippines to the World: We Are Not Your Dumping Ground

Manila, Philippines (January 14, 2019) — Philippine members of Break Free From Plastic (BFFP), a global movement campaigning against plastic pollution, laud the swift and decisive action taken by the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs (BOC) to repatriate the illegal...

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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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