Subject: BFFP Newsletter: COVID-19 and Brazil’s waste pickers, Plastic Bag Diet TikTok Challenge, Honoring Juneteenth, Europe recovery funding for local and green jobs, and more...

Brazil Members Mobilize for Waste Pickers Impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 isn’t only a public health crisis, but it’s highlighting social inequality around the world. The pandemic has left many groups in Brazil vulnerable including the 800,000 waste pickers who are part of the Movimiento Nacional de Catadores de Materiales Reciclables MNCR (National Movement of Waste Pickers of Recyclable Materials).

#breakfreefromplastic Brazilian members are urging their government for social, environmental, and economic initiatives and policies which they hope will include emergency care for vulnerable populations and address the structural problems that affect them. 

Other News
Health Experts Confirm Reusables are Safe!

Over 115 health experts from 18 countries signed a statement addressing the safety of reusables during the COVID-19 global pandemic. These experts ranging from virologists, epidemiologists, emergency room doctors to specialists in public health and food packaging safety emphasized that reusable systems can be utilized safely by employing basic hygiene and creating contact-free options for customers’ personal bags and cups.

Europe Recovery Funding Should Not Go to Waste

“EU leaders have a responsibility towards citizens to make sure that stimulus packages will support the shift to a toxic-free circular economy, the redesign of products, business models and systems, and support local and green jobs” says Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Coordinator of Break Free From Plastic Europe and the Rethink Plastic alliance.

#BreakFreeFromPlastic and Rethink Plastic call on decision-makers in Brussels, Belgium to use recovery funding for a just recovery, and create a plastic tax that levies virgin plastics, in order to reduce plastic at the source.
#StopFormosa + Honoring Juneteenth with RISE St. James

Formosa Plastics wants to build a $9.4 billion toxic plastic facility on the sacred gravesites of African-American slaves in St. James Parish, Louisiana, USA! On Friday (June 19th), #breakfreefromplastic changemakers with RISE St. James—a local faith-based group led by Black women in the community—came together for a Juneteenth Observance at their enslaved ancestors’ gravesites, and called for Louisiana Governor Edwards to revoke Formosa Plastics’ air permit.

IDDKP’s Plastic Bag Diet TikTok Challenge

Are you ready for the Plastic Bag Free Day TikTok Challenge? #breakfreefromplastic member IDDKP (Indonesian Plastic Bag Diet) and Study in New Zealand are hosting a TikTok challenge in time for the global celebration of Plastic Bag Free Day on July 3!

Interested Tiktok enthusiasts can submit entries under these themes:
✅Plastic bag diet in your everyday life
✅Maintain productivity
✅Tips for responsible consumption
✅Tips and tricks to prevent climate change

City to Sea Calls for the Use of Reusable Masks

We're now using BILLIONS of single-use masks and gloves around the world. They're littering our streets, washing into our oceans, and causing a huge risk to both humans and wildlife.
Make your own reusable masks with step by step advice from #breakfreefromplastic member City to Sea. And check out their online campaign to raise awareness on this global issue. 

Special Micro-Funds for Black-led Grassroots/EJ organizations (US only)!

June 19th commemorates the emancipation of the last enslaved African-Americans following the end of the US Civil War. On this day, in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter, we released the Community Action Micro-Funds for Black Communities on the Frontlines of the Plastic Pollution Crisis. 

Applications are open to any Black-led Grassroots / Environmental Justice organizations in the United States who are working on the ground to defend Black lives and communities from plastic pollution. This initiative is possible thanks to the contribution of the Plastic Solutions Fund.

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