Plastic waste is changing the face of Africa. The fight against plastics cannot be a burden placed on the public alone. Greenpeace Africa’s message is that civil society needs to start placing pressure on corporations to alleviate, and ultimately, eliminate single-use plastic.

Public perception and expectation seem to be that the recycling industry will save the planet. Reactive clean-ups are not the solution, and only once we have a clean-up of the systemic reliance on plastic, will we see the change we want to see.

A recent study revealed that 91 percent of the world’s plastics have not been recycled. The equivalent of one truckload of plastic enters our oceans every minute.

Plastic pollution can choke or entangle marine life, including seabirds, turtles, and whales. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that ocean plastics are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of sea creatures each year.

Greenpeace Africa volunteers have kicked off a campaign petitioning local food retailers to abandon single-use plastic, end their demand and force big business to stop producing them.

Join the movement – take action now! #BreakFreeFromPlastic

On Earth Day, 22 April 2018 Greenpeace Africa volunteers and local communities joined forces to engage in plastic clean-ups across the African Continent to highlight the global movement to abandon single-use plastics.

Durban citizens gathering at Ushaka Beachfront, and saying no to single use plastics.

Greenpeace Africa volunteers conducting Plastic Cleans up and Brand audits in South Senegal.

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