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PPC Webinar | Greenwashing 2.0: Debunking Recycling Myths

June 5 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

People often ask what really happens to their plastic recycling. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter where your discarded plastic is collected, whether at the end of your driveway, at your local recycling center, or in a municipal recycling bin: Most plastic items collected as recycling are not actually “recycled. Many people are now realizing that plastic is not designed to be recycled—it’s a false solution sold to us by corporations and governments. What’s more, plastic recycling drives continued production and pollution of plastics and fossil fuels, and their related injustices.

So what should you do? Stop trying to “recycle” plastic altogether? During our June 5 webinar, we will discuss the realities and harmful impacts of plastic recycling, from recycling’s toxic transfer and magnification of plastic chemicals, to its links to waste colonialism and injusticemicroplastic pollution, and much more. Instead of doubling down on a broken system, we need real plastic-free reuse, refill, repair, share, and regenerative solutions to solve plastic pollution. Our panelists will include: Davis Allen, Investigative Researcher at the Center for Climate IntegrityJim Puckett, Executive Director of the Basel Action Network; and Kristine Kubat, Executive Director of Recycle Hawaii. The conversation will be moderated by Aditi Varshneya, Network Development Manager at GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives).

Date: Wed., June 5
Time: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Panelists

Davis Allen

Davis Allen (he/him) is an Investigative Researcher at the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), where he identifies and compiles evidence of the fossil fuel industry’s historical—and ongoing—deception. Prior to joining CCI, Davis completed a PhD in History at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.



Kristine Kubat

Kristine Kubat (she/her) was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, and for the past 40 years has been a resident of Hawaii, where she lives in Hilo in close proximity to her two children and five grandchildren. Kristine’s tenure at Recycle Hawaii began in 2010 when she managed the county’s used motor oil program, assisted in the development of new programs, and wrote grants. Kristine joined the board of Recycle Hawaii in 2019, serving briefly as the President until becoming Executive Director. Kristine’s wide-ranging background in politics, advocacy, journalism, project management, and community outreach serve the organization well.


Jim Puckett

Jim Puckett (he/him) is Founder and Executive Director of the Basel Action Network (BAN). An activist for over 35 years, his work on preventing toxic waste generation and the toxic waste trade helped pioneer numerous global instruments and market-based solutions to protect the environment and health of the world’s poorest communities and workers. Jim was the first to investigate and expose the export of electronic waste and transformed this unknown dumping practice into a global environmental justice issue. Prior to establishing BAN, Jim led global campaigns as Toxics Director for Greenpeace International, which were instrumental in generating public and government support for sustainable trade policies throughout the globe.


Moderator

Aditi “Adi” Varshneya

Aditi “Adi” Varshneya (she/her) is an organizer working as the U.S. & Canada Network Development Manager for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), where she provides movement support to groups fighting incinerators and building a just transition to zero waste. Before joining GAIA, Adi’s professional journey included grassroots community organizing and advocacy in Harlem, New York, city planning in the Bronx, and urban climate policy research. She is an alumna of New York University, with a BA in Metropolitan Studies and an MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy.


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