Subject: Global plastic-free campus victories, Malaysia returns waste shipments, German demands to end the plastic crisis, and more...

Students and Faculty at Silliman University holding a #breakfreefromplastic banner
Global plastic-free campus victories! Big wins in Philippines and the U.S.

Silliman University is the first plastic-free campus in the Philippines! School officials led by its president Dr. Betty Cernol McCann signed #breakfreefromplastic’s Plastic Free Campuses Declaration envisioning a plastic-free future for the university.

Similarly, on the other side of the Pacific, the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) also announced a phase-out of single-use plastics on campus!

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People holding Break Free From Plastic signs in front of the U.S. Capitol building

SAVE THE DATE: February 11th 🗓

Our US members are getting ready for the introduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act 2020! It’s the kind of groundbreaking legislation we need to manage our plastic pollution crisis focused on reducing the amount of plastic we create and use. Join the bill’s authors, Representative Lowenthal and Senator Udall, in the U.S. state capital for the bill launch and show your support for stopping plastic pollution!

Picture of a Coca-Cola plastic bottle on a beach
In case you missed it, Coca-Cola announced they will continue producing single-use plastic bottles – even though they are ranked as the number one polluter in #breakfreefromplastic brand audits for 2 years in a row – claiming “consumers still want them.”

In reaction to the announcement, the Plastic Pollution Coalition has launched a petition calling on Coca-Cola to stop producing single-use plastic bottles!

A still from Seas At Risk's animated video
Get rid of single-use plastic!

In a new video, Seas at Risk have called for European governments to follow the groundbreaking EU plastic law which promotes strong action on a wide range of products, and to keep the ambition high to #breakfreefromplastic. Will European governments meet our hopes? We need to hold them to account!

Infographic of German civils society demands
German groups demand a way out of the plastic crisis

Civil society groups from Germany, including Greenpeace, BUND, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, HEJ! Support, Surfrider Europe, WECF, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation have issued 15 demands to the government to stop flooding the world with plastic! Their demands include holding manufacturers and distributors liable for the health, environmental and climate damage caused by their products, and promoting reusable solutions.

A massive pile of mixed waste illegally imported into Malaysia
Malaysia returns shipments of wastes!

After sending back almost 4,000 tonnes – or 150 shipping containers – of waste back to its original owners last year, Malaysia remains on the warpath against plastic waste illegally delivered to its shores.

In reaction, #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Mageswari Sangaralingam said, “We are supportive of the Malaysian government’s move to send back shipments of illegal plastic waste. However, the dumping of residual waste of plastics is still prevalent causing here. Thus, we urge the Malaysian government to enforce total ban on imports of plastic and e-waste besides stepping up surveillance and prosecution of cases involving illegal trafficking of these wastes.”
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