Our planet is already overwhelmed with plastic, and the industry’s plans to increase production of plastic are untenable. Plastic packaging is not only toxic for humans, it is permanently harming the health of the oceans and exacerbating climate change. Exposing the threats of plastic and the root causes of our plastic waste crisis is key to our fight to end plastic pollution. Working with cities, we show the growing volume of plastic waste through city-wide waste assessments and brand audits. This data gives us the power to uncover the true culprits of the global plastic pollution problem: corporate boardrooms in the U.S. & Europe.

GAIA plays key roles in the global Break Free From Plastic movement, particularly supporting our members to build Zero Waste City systems that move cities from outdated waste management infrastructure to people-centric and community-centric plastic reduction solutions. We support powerful grassroots movements to fight plastic pollution, advocate for a reduction-first approach to plastic pollution, connect the dots between human health and plastic packaging, and more.


The plastic industry’s promises of “plastic to fuel” & “chemical recycling” are a distraction.

These false solutions justify the continued production of plastic, fail to address the source of the problem, and are themselves pollution sources.

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In addition to supporting new national policy victories, GAIA, members, and allies have played an important role in uncovering the impacts of the global plastic waste trade crisis on frontline communities.

Our work encourages governments to adopt new policies that align with the global Basel Convention by limiting or ending plastic waste trade and avoiding loopholes to ensure real impact.

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To stop plastic pollution, we have to stop burning plastic. Waste incinerators make climate pollution, toxic pollution, and hazardous ash. The only solution to plastic pollution is to limit plastic production itself.