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Our world has a rubbish problem

In association with: Renew Our World and Tearfund UK

Call on Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to stop being rubbish.

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Our world has a rubbish problem

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Why the Rubbish Campaign?

God has blessed us with a beautiful world to look after and treasure.

But right now, our world has a rubbish problem – and it’s hitting people living in poverty the hardest.

Together with our Renew our World partners around the world, over 50,000 of us joined The Rubbish Campaign and called on multinational companies to improve this rubbish situation by taking responsibility for the plastic waste mountains their products are creating.

Join with us to care for God’s amazing creation and show love for our global neighbours.

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The problem:

Two billion people in the world’s poorest countries are living and working among piles of waste.

Why? The amount of single-use plastic is growing, but the capacity to collect and manage the waste isn’t. The effect on both people and the environment is devastating.

The result? The waste mountains are growing, and people are drinking polluted water, breathing toxic air and battling sickness. One million people die every year due to the mismanagement of waste and pollutants. That's 1 person every 30 seconds.

Citizen Change: Tackling the rubbish problem in our everyday lives

Read: Three powerful ways Christians in Australia can help to turn the tide on the rubbish problem that is harming the people living in our world’s poorest places.

The power of the multinationals - for good or for rubbish?

Read: Why multinational companies that sell billions of products in single-use plastic packaging in poorer countries need to use their power for good, not rubbish.

Five reasons why beating poverty means we need to tackle our rubbish problem

Read: Plastic pollution has a direct impact on our ability to end poverty. Companies who produce single use plastics need to be part of the solution.

How do we solve a big plastic problem?

Read: We are increasingly coming to understand just how much damage is being done by plastic pollution to people, animals, oceans and landscapes all over the earth.

What can I do?

This situation can change, if we act together.

Jesus calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31). Taking action can be a loving act that cares for our global neighbours and honours God.

Here are 3 ways you can take action:

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1. Learn more

Subscribe to our TEAR Action emails to find out more about this issue and be equipped to respond.


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2. Call on Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to stop being rubbish

In the Rubbish Campaign race to tackle plastic pollution, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are hardly off the starting line. More than 50,000 of us globally have called them out, but they’re still dragging their feet.

Call on Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to stop being rubbish. Your email counts!

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3. Spread the word

Watch our new video featuring TEAR Artist Ambassador and performance poet Joel McKerrow and share in your networks.

Watch and share

More Resources and Information

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The Burning Question

4 plastic polluters, 6 countries, 1 burning question... Will these companies reduce their plastic use?

A report by Tearfund and Renew Our World which focuses on the actions and responsibilities of four of the world’s biggest plastic polluters: Coca-Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever.

Read the report
Rubbish campaign kit

Download the 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.

Tear Less Plastic More Life Guide

Less Plastic, More Life: A Seven Day Guide

TEAR has created this Guide to help you move towards less plastic, more life, in a prayerful and practical way. It’s not a quick, easy fix to our plastic problems, but it’s a place to start.

Get the guide

Frequently asked questions

Common questions about the Rubbish Campaign. Read more.

No Time To Waste

Tackling the plastic pollution crisis before it’s too late. Download the report.

We have a Rubbish Problem (video)

Our exploding use of plastic has created an enormous plastic pollution problem that is inflicting harm on people and our planet in unprecedented ways. Watch and share this short video.

Can you imagine having to live among piles of rubbish?

This was the situation facing Rubina and her family. Read her story.

To beat poverty + injustice, we need to tackle waste.