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This is a Rubbish Campaign

This is a Rubbish Campaign

Plastic pollution scars the landscapes, fills our oceans, increases CO2 emissions and harms the health of the world's poorest people. This report focuses on the actions and responsibilities of four of the world's biggest plastic polluters. View the Report.

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Our world has a rubbish problem – and it’s hitting people living in poverty the hardest. More than 50,000 of us have taken action together.

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Deepen your faith

God calls us to pursue abundant life, not an abundance of things. God is calling us to consume less and connect more.

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Take action

This rubbish situation can change, if we act together. Taking action can be a loving act that cares for our global neighbours and honours God.

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This is a rubbish campaign

Our world has a rubbish problem, and it’s hitting people living in poverty the hardest. Multinational companies could make a big difference to this rubbish situation by taking responsibility for the plastic waste their products are creating.

These companies need to be part of the solution

Join us in calling on Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to take responsibility for their plastic waste in poorer countries.

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“It is high time we turn our attention fully to one of the most pressing problems of today - averting the plastic pollution crisis - not only for the health of our planet, but for the wellbeing of people around the world.” – Sir David Attenborough

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We have a Rubbish Problem

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TEAR Report Rubbish The Burning Question n3

New Report: The Burning Question

Will Companies Reduce Their Plastic Use?

This new Rubbish Campaign report from Tearfund focuses on the actions and responsibilities of four of the world’s biggest plastic polluters: CocaCola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever. These companies continue to sell billions of products in single-use bottles, sachets and packets in developing countries. And they do this despite knowing that:

  1. waste isn’t properly managed in these contexts;
  2. their packaging therefore becomes pollution; and
  3. such pollution causes serious harm to the climate and people’s health.

This report presents the first estimates of the climate impact created by the open burning of each company's plastic waste in six focus countries. The challenge is clear: companies need to step up the pace and scale of their action on plastic, the burning question is: are they up to it?

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Rubbish campaign kit

Get your Rubbish Campaign Kit

The Rubbish Campaign Kit is your ‘One Stop Shop’ for promoting and calling on others to stop this problem that is literally impacting the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Tear Report No Time To Waste

Report: No Time To Waste

Tackling the plastic pollution crisis before it’s too late

A report launched by our colleagues in the UK, which focuses on the problem of the huge recent increase in the distribution of single-use plastics across the globe to countries lacking the capacity to collect and manage waste. Central to the findings of the report is thatplastic pollution is damaging the health and livelihoods of millions of people living in poverty.

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Tearfund Action – Doing justice together

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