Only 56 companies are responsible for more than half of pollution globally

only 56 companies are responsible for more than half of pollution globally

Trash Hero have recently highlighted that new, peer-reviewed research shows a direct 1:1 correlation between increasing plastic production from FMCG companies and plastic pollution in the environment. Further, only 56 companies are responsible for more than half of pollution globally – with Coca Cola alone taking 11% of the share. These companies, along with other plastics industry lobbyists are at the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee which took place from 23 -29th April in Ottawa, Canada. The aim was to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. Click HERE to read more.

Empowered young people are key to solving plastic pollution

Trash Hero, free online course 'Educate Yourself - Zero Waste'

Empowered young people are key to solving plastic pollution. To ignite that change, Trash Hero has created a free online course: Educate Yourself – Zero Waste. This dynamic course, broken down into 9 bite-sized sections, packs a powerful punch. Each section features a short video and downloadable worksheet, allowing participants to explore the topic at their own pace. The course will help them master the basics of zero waste, discover tips to inspire friends and family to ditch plastic, and take action to make a real difference in the world! The videos are available on all Trash Hero World social media pages, as well as through their website.

Trash Hero turns 10!

Trash Hero celebrating the 10th Anniversary

Trash Hero turns 10! A decade ago, a group of friends in Thailand decided to take action against the waste that was washing onto the shore from all corners of the globe. It was the start of something extraordinary, a ten year journey that has transformed a local initiative into a global force for food. You can read their full story in their latest blogpost or watch the full timeline in their 10th anniversary video. As of December 2023, they have 100 active chapters in 13 countries. Here are their impact numbers from the last 10 years!

  • 515,643 volunteers including 137,882 kids
  • 20,838 cleanups
  • 2,451,362 kg of trash collected
  • 108688 reusable bottles sold, avoiding 39.7 million plastic bottles and preventing 2065 tonnes of CO2 emissions
  • 491 partners in our free water refill network
  • 23,330 Trash Hero kids’ books printed in 8 languages.

Trash Hero Indonesia recently hosted its second Family Meeting of 2023

Trash Hero Indonesia second family meeting-2

Trash Hero Indonesia recently hosted its second Family Meeting of 2023 for all active chapters within the country. Seventy participants joined the three-day event from 33 different locations. In other parts of the world, chapter leaders hosted local Chapter Family Meetings. Family Meetings bring together volunteers in a different way. They help volunteers learn new skills, gain confidence and build important friendships. Read more about what the volunteers did by clicking HERE.

Trash Hero joined the recent Global Plastics Treaty discussion

Trash Hero

Trash Hero joined the recent Global Plastics Treaty discussion in Nairobi – INC3 11-19 November. It was an intense week, with many oil-producing countries stalling the process. The remaining rounds of negotiations will be harder because of this, but the important thing is that no compromise was made. This means it is still possible to achieve a strong, legally binding treaty. Trash Hero has UNEP accreditation, which allows us to attend the talks as an observer. Between official talks, the team met with country delegates and discussed our belief that the entire lifecycle of plastic needs to be addressed and plastic production drastically cut. Read more HERE.

A new Trash Hero kids community has started in Koh Mak, Thailand

Scuba divers, diving Sa Dragonera Island Marine Reserve in Mallorca

A new Trash Hero kids community has started in Koh Mak, Thailand. Trash Hero volunteers will run weekly events with the children, inspiring them to reduce plastic use in their day-to-day lives and become champions for our planet. The kids’ programme is centred on the Trash Hero kids book, a story activity book that follows Trash Hero – a young boy trying to save the ocean from plastic pollution. During the session, volunteers helped explain the issue of plastic pollution with interactive and educational games. To download the Trash Hero Kid’s book please click here. It is free to download but please consider making a donation to help give printed copies to kids in Southeast Asia.

Global Plastics Summit in Bangkok

Global Plastics Summit

On the 11th and 12th of October, Trash Hero joined the Global Plastics Summit in Bangkok. Hundreds of representatives from businesses, NGOs and world governments attended the event. They discussed ideas and solutions to plastic pollution ahead of the official negotiations for the UN Plastics Treaty in Nairobi in November. Trash Hero representatives pushed to prioritise reuse and refill and showed delegates the toxic impact of plastics in the Global South.

Trash Hero Luzern teams up with the Sunset Beatz festival to reduce single-use plastic

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Trash Hero Luzern in Switzerland has been working with the Sunset Beatz festival to reduce single-use plastic. They developed a deposit return system where festival goers pay a $2 deposit for a reusable cup. When they return the cup at the end of the night, they get their money back. The system has prevented the use of 95,000 single-use cups over five years. As well as reducing waste, Trash Hero volunteers collect and sort trash during the event.

 

Trash Hero has been collecting impact data

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Trash Hero has been collecting impact data since they started cleanups in December 2013. Up to June 2023, they are active in 116 locations in 15 countries. 19,534 volunteers (including 127,955 under 16s) have collected over 2 million kilos of trash. They have sold 106,848 reusable bottles, preventing over 38 million single-use plastic bottles from being used and 2030 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Watch this short video to see their full impact numbers.

Trash Hero chapters worldwide have been inspiring communities to embrace zero waste

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Trash Hero chapters worldwide have been inspiring communities to embrace zero waste. One example is Trash Hero Pattani, in Thailand, who worked with the Southern Border Volunteer Fair organisers to ensure the event produced as little waste as possible! Thanks to their input, no single-use plastic bottles were distributed at the event. Instead, water glasses and water refills were provided. Trash Hero Larantuka organised a zero-waste picnic in Indonesia – everyone brought food and drinks in reusable containers. We love to see volunteers helping change the way their communities organise events in a way that reduces their plastic footprint.