Subject: Going plastic free during Covid-19, Indian waste pickers, and a plastic-pellet victory

In this difficult time, our deep gratitude goes out to the health-care workers, grocers, delivery men and women, waste workers and everyone who is working around the clock on the frontlines of this crisis.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world drastically, we’re all facing restrictions and challenges unlike ever before. Let’s use this period to reiterate our call for solutions that address inequities of our most vulnerable communities and bring us towards a greener and more just society.
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We can still #breakfreefromplastic and remain compassionate during COVID-19.

This new blog from movement member Upstream shares information about how to #breakfreefromplastic without risking your health during this global crisis. We don’t need to compromise our values to stay safe!

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is fast spreading across the world, the victories of activists and communities working to reduce single-use plastics are being threatened. The plastics industry is exploiting the virus with aggressive greenwashing attempts and rolling back existing single-use plastic bans based on fear, instead of facts and science.

In his blog, #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Rahyang Nusantara writes, “The use of reusable shopping bags and other reusable containers/packaging will benefit the environment and public health if we treat it wisely, by using it optimally and washing it regularly to avoid various diseases.”

With India in lockdown - a country of 1.3 billion people - millions of people have fled Delhi walking on foot to their villages with no work, food or safety. Despite this, the waste pickers and informal waste collectors in the country continue to serve their communities. #breakfreefromplastic member Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group are focusing their efforts to help the informal waste sector.

Plastic Soup Foundation holds Ducor Petrochemicals to account!

Ducor Petrochemicals are now required to take steps to prevent plastic pellet pollution around its factory in Rotterdam, Netherlands thanks to the work of #breakfreefromplastic members. These pellets pollute habitats in their billions and a good reminder that we must tackle plastic pollution at the source.

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