Subject: #BreakFreeFromPlastic Newsletter: In Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

In Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

Eight days after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, the Break Free From Plastic movement issued an official statement reaffirming the unequivocal truth that Black Lives Matter, and joining in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members fighting for Freedom, Liberation, and Justice around the world.

Social Justice. Racial Justice. Environmental Justice. We believe these are all part of a single, globally-connected Movement for Justice. We are committed to utilizing our platforms responsibly and proactively, centering the voices of BIPOC community members at all levels of our leadership, and continuing to fight racism and systemic oppression around the world.

If you are a self-identifying BIPOC member of our movement, and/or if you represent an organization working to defend BIPOC lives from the harmful effects of the plastic supply chain anywhere in the world, we would greatly appreciate hearing from you about how Break Free From Plastic can better support you and your work. Please feel free to send us a message at

You can read our full statement, In Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter, on our website, as well as download #BlackLivesMatter resources and a curated list of Anti-Racism Resources for White Allies.

Other News
Why does the world need a new global treaty to fight plastic pollution?

#breakfreefromplastic member, the Environmental Investigation Agency shares a special edition podcast on plastic, making the case for an International Convention on plastic pollution. Curious to know what it  would look like? Follow the conversation between Tim Grabiel, Senior Lawyer for EIA’s Climate and Ocean campaigns, and Press & Communications Officer Paul Newman.

Calling on the US Congress to pass the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

Plastic industry groups recently requested $1 Billion in financial support from the US government! In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, local recyclers and wasteworkers need our support more than corporate giants. That’s why, together with more than 100 leading organizations, we’re calling on the US Congress to reject the industry’s $1B request, and pass the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Pollution Act instead!

If you’re in the US, please click the link below to connect directly with your Congressional Representatives (by phone, email, or Twitter). The US Senate will convene a crucial committee hearing next week, and your voice can make a real difference today!

2,134 brands polluting China’s coastal areas!

In its recently released 2019 Brand Audit report on coastal waste, #breakfreefromplastic member Rendu Ocean found 7,327 pieces of branded garbage among 190,000 pieces of coastal garbage across 36 cities in the country. Cocoa-Cola, the number one polluter in our global brand audit database ranked third, while the top polluters were local corporations. 

Break Free From Plastic China collaborated with eight non-profit groups in issuing a petition calling on big companies to reduce plastic use in their packaging.

Greenpeace East Asia exposes Hong Kong supermarket’s failure on plastic-free initiatives

In Hong Kong, a Greenpeace East Asia report finds the largest supermarkets are failing to implement substantial or innovative plastic-free policies. Ironically, an April 2019 poll revealed that over 90% of respondents agree that supermarkets should remove unnecessary packaging. 

#breakfreefromplastic changemaker Hall Sion Chan of Greenpeace East Asia says, “The results make it clear that supermarkets may have relied on false solutions to tackle the plastics problem.”

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