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Launch Party! – Life Before Plastic Case Study with GAIA Africa

June 14 , 8:00 am 9:00 am EDT

Plastic has taken over the world in the past few decades and has burdened Africa’s environments and waste management systems. Africa is no stranger to the plastic problem even if it accounts for only 5% of the global plastic production rates and consumes only 4% of global plastics volumes. In this presentation launching the publication The Life before Plastic: Demonstrating Traditional Practices of Reuse in Africa, GAIA Africa explores the problem of plastics on the continent and examine the laws, policies and multilateral agreements put in place to govern plastic waste management and trade. The publication more importantly showcases examples of traditional practices made of natural materials widely used across the African continent as alternatives to plastic. Further, GAIA and BFFP Africa members provide an insight on existing reuse and refill systems on the continent and examine how reuse and refill can be made a stronger part of Africa’s journey towards ending plastic pollution. In conclusion, the Life Before Plastic publication delves into how current and traditional zero waste systems can be sustained in the future by providing and addressing recommendations on corporate accountability, policy makers responsibility and consumer responsibility through making zero waste a lifestyle.

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