A Growing Global Movement to Break Free From Plastic

There is now one ton of plastic for every person on Earth – over half of which has been produced in the last 13 years. But we can no longer ignore the consequences of our plastic habit, which is devastating people and ecosystems in every corner of the globe. Plastic pollution is poisoning communities, choking our oceans, and represents a global crisis that demands a global solution.

The #breakfreefromplastic movement is working to change that story. Changemakers from over 20 countries have convened an ambitious strategy to stop plastic at its source and illuminate the true cost of our plastic habit.

Part I: Let’s Break Free From Plastic

For more than four decades, Big Plastic has been telling us it’s ‘our fault’ pollution happens as a result of plastic use. But we in the #breakfreefromplastic movement know it’s the fault of the companies who make it, market it, and distribute it throughout the world, often in places with no infrastructure to deal with it. And we’ve set out to change that. Read more…

Part II: Why We Need a Global Movement

For too long, massive corporations headquartered in the global North like Dow, Exxon, Johnson & Johnson, and Unilever have ignored the voices of communities in the global south who suffer the most severe consequences of the plastic crisis. Instead, they’ve pushed false fixes while dumping evermore plastic into the developing world. But these companies can’t hide behind geography any longer – now, a multi-national group of changemakers are talking about solutions on a global scale. Read more…

Part III: The Story of Plastic: Project Kickoff

On a warm early March day in the San Francisco Bay Area, we met up to begin developing one of our most ambitious film projects since the original Story of Stuff. Read more…

Part IV: Visiting “Away”

When consumers in the developed world throw something “away,” where does it really go? We’re following the trail of plastic around the globe as we prepare for our biggest movie yet, The Story of Plastic. Read more…

Part V: Zero Waste Revolutionaries

This movement is rooted in values of human rights and equity, and in this movement, members from the global north are following the leadership, knowledge, and solutions being set forth by leaders from Indonesia, India, Philippines, Malaysia, and China who are pioneering a new zero waste paradigm. Meet Tiza Mafira for instance, a super savvy environmental lawyer leading Indonesia’s national plastic bag policy. In collaboration with local organizations and changemakers, she founded Plastic Bag Diet in 2013.  Read more…


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