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Tackling Plastic Pollution

World Consumer Rights Day is an annual occasion dedicated to highlighting the power of consumers and their rights for a fair, safe and sustainable marketplace for everyone 
 
World Consumer Rights Day was inspired by President John F Kennedy, who sent a special message to the US Congress on 15th March 1962. Ithis he addressed the issue of consumer rights. Together through consumer advocacy, we honour this with an international voice.  

In the words of President John F Kennedy: “the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose and the right to be heard.”   
 
This World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2021), consumers will join together to Tackle Plastic PollutionOur ecosystem suffers from single-use plastics as these continue to fill our oceansWhere consumers are increasingly concerned about plastic pollution, they are already taking action. As a global consumer movement, we play a critical role in tackling plastic pollution and promoting sustainable consumption. 

Scroll below to explore our #NoPlasticPollution gallery featuring global actions tackling plastic pollution, from our consumer advocacy membership. 

ABOUT THE THEME

Plastic is a highly useful material in our everyday lives, but our consumption and production of plastics, especially single-use plastic, have become unsustainable. However, there is not a single solution to tackling plastic pollution, so we have created the 7 Rs Model of Waste Management (replace, rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and repair), to show you various ways to combat this issue.

The Pew Charitable Trusts & SYSTEMIQ report, Breaking the Plastic Wave, released in August 2020, calculates the flow of plastic materials into the ocean will triple by 2040 if major innovations and changes in policy and behaviour do not occur. 

DID YOU KNOW?

“Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet. Consumer awareness of the plastics crisis is growing around the world.  Consumers have a crucial role to shape the marketplace, and we must support them to mobilise businesses and governments, to ensure sustainable consumption is accessible to all.” - Helena Leurent, Director General, Consumers International

#NOPLASTICPOLLUTION PHOTO ACTION

For World Consumer Rights Day 2021, we curated photos from our membership to show how the global consumer movement tackles plastic pollution across the 7 Rs Model of Waste Management.

RT @GRootsAdvocacy: About 8% of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic & power the manufacturing of it. That figure is projecte…
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container. 1…
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: Plastic is a valuable resource in many ways,  but plastic pollution is an unnecessary and unsustainable waste of that r…
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qual…
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: #PlasticPollution is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet. Consumers have a crucial role to shape the mark…
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: The Pew Charitable Trusts & SYSTEMIQ report, Breaking the Plastic Wave, released in August 2020, calculates the flow of…
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: Plastic is a highly useful material in our everyday lives, but our consumption and production of plastics, especially s…
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: This World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2021), consumers will join together to #TacklePlasticPollution. Our ecosystem …
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: In the words of President John F Kennedy: “the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose and the r…
benogeh @benogeh
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: This World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2021), consumers will join together to #TacklePlasticPollution. Our ecosystem …
KenyaSafi @KenyaSafi
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: In the words of President John F Kennedy: “the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose and the r…
KenyaSafi @KenyaSafi
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: #PlasticPollution is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet. Consumers have a crucial role to shape the mark…
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qual…
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: Plastic is a valuable resource in many ways,  but plastic pollution is an unnecessary and unsustainable waste of that r…
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container. 1…
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: About 8% of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic & power the manufacturing of it. That figure is projecte…
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: This World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2021), consumers will join together to #TacklePlasticPollution. Our ecosystem …
XR_BSE @XR_BSE
About 8% of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic & power the manufacturing of it. That figure is proj… https://t.co/B0TED0hi6E
RT @GRootsAdvocacy: The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container. 1…
The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the containe… https://t.co/rv4wkJebtk