Plastic Unlimited: How Corporations Are Fuelling the Ecological Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Despite the global movement to tackle plastic pollution, demand for plastics continues to rise. As the world transitions away from fossil fuels, plastics are set to be the biggest driver of oil demand. Single-use plastics – deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19 – have been given a new lease of life. In a world beset with crisis fatigue, what can we do to curb the escalating plastics crisis?

In this book, Alice Mah reveals how petrochemical and plastics corporations have fought relentlessly to protect and expand plastics markets in the face of existential threats to business. From denying the toxic health effects of plastics to co-opting circular economy solutions to plastic waste and exploiting the opportunities offered up by the global pandemic, industry has deflected attention from the key problem: plastics production.

The consequences of unfettered plastics growth are pernicious and highly unequal. We all have a part to play in reducing plastics consumption but we must tackle the problem at its root: the capitalist imperative for limitless growth.

Beyond Plastics has created a thorough, practical, and inspiring guide to help any restaurant that is interested in reducing its use of plastic make key switches and communicate them effectively to existing customers, prospective customers, the media, and the general public. The guide offers practical advice, tools, resources, and case studies of two restaurants who have successfully reduced their use of plastic.

Americans overwhelmingly support ending the sale and distribution of single-use plastics inside national parks.

Our national parks were once home to Native People who for thousands of years were the original stewards of these lands. The Reducing Waste in National Parks Act represents a small but important step for the National Park Service to honor the legacy of Indigenous stewardship and deepen its commitment to a more socially and environmentally just future. By ending the sale and distribution of single-use plastics inside national parks, we protect nature, waterways, wildlife, and our own experiences within this nation’s most beloved places.

Urge your U.S. Representative and Senators to sponsor the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act (S.2960/H.R.5533).

Millions of people around the world have taken action to stop plastic pollution, and momentum is building! Soon, world leaders will gather to start negotiating a global plastics treaty—and we need to make sure it will be strong.

When representatives gather in Nairobi in late February for the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2), the decisions they make will set the stage for how a new global plastics treaty will develop going forward. This is a critical moment to tell world leaders to support the Peru-Rwanda resolution. This resolution is the best foundation we have for a global plastics treaty that will cover the whole life cycle of plastics.

Add your name to tell world leaders to support a legally binding global treaty on plastic pollution that addresses the entire life cycle of plastics, including extraction, production, transport, use, disposal and remediation.

Sign now, and share this urgent call to action with your friends!

From polystyrene peanuts to non-recyclable bubble wrap to plastic-wrapped pouches of air, almost every Amazon order arrives wrapped in plastic packaging that is then thrown away or littered.

A new report estimates that Amazon generated 465 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2019 of which 22+ million pounds is now polluting the world’s oceans and waterways. This the equivalent of Amazon dumping a delivery van’s worth of plastic into the ocean every hour and 10 minutes!

And the problem has only grown worse since COVID began as the pandemic has fueled huge growth in Amazon sales.

Amazon claims to be “obsessed” with giving its customers exactly what they want, so it’s time for all of us to demand that they make a big change to their packaging practices.

Sign this petition to tell Amazon to STOP polluting our planet with single-use plastic packaging.

The production and refinement of plastics is sickening frontline communities that have faced environmental racism for decades, if not centuries, while these same petrochemical facilities continue exacerbating the climate crisis. New or expanded petrochemical facilities obstruct any potential to meet the Paris Agreement goals and any initiatives to mitigate global temperature and sea level rise. Ask President Biden to stop the permitting of these facilities.