Illegal Shipments of Italian Municipal Waste to Tunisia

Italy's shipments of municipal waste to Tunisia in 2020 shine a spotlight on persisting abuses in the global trade in plastic and other waste. In particular, this scandal highlights the role of problematic EU waste code 19 12 12 in these illegal...

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Did our Tingi Culture Pave the Way for Plastic Sachets?

By Sherma E Benosa In his essay, “A Heritage of Smallness,” National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin, wrote: “Enterprise for the Filipino is small stall: the sari-sari… Commerce for the Filipino is the smallest degree of retail: the tingi. What most...

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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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Sachet Economy

Sachet Economy: Big Problems in Small Packets The report Sachet Economy: Big Problems in Small Packets looks into the sachet economy in the Philippines that continues to add to and worsen the growing plastics pollution problem, how the big businesses corrupted...

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Africa Plastic Policy Map

Plastic pollution is a major threat to human health and environmental sustainability. Government policies that restrict plastic production is one way we can tackle this issue. Africa has made incredible strides in the fight against plastic, while not all...

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Fact Sheet: Plastic and Incineration

We have too much plastic that has nowhere to go... Can we just burn it? Short answer: no! Burning is the most harmful way to handle plastic waste. It turns one form of pollution into others, including air emissions, toxic ash, and...

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Fact Sheet: Chemical Recycling

Questions and Answers: Chemical Recycling Industry is now pushing for a new technological fix for plastic waste, called "chemical recycling." New proposals are popping up in Australia, the EU, Indonesia, Malaysia,Thailand, and the U.S., increasingly supported by...

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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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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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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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Recycling is Not Enough

Industry is planning to quadruple the amount of plastic on the planet by 2050. Even with the best possible global recycling rate, the amount of plastic polluting the environment would still DOUBLE. Recycling is not enough, we need less plastic.

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Gasification, Pyrolysis, Plasma Arc: False Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Our network’s experiences in countries around the world have shown that incineration, gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma arc are at best a distraction from real solutions, and at worst a source of serious climate and toxic pollution. As part of the Break Free From Plastics movement, we know that this isn’t just about managing the problem. It’s about preventing it in the first place.

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