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Greenwashing in Fast Fashion: The Case of Shein

April 5, 2022

Greenwashing is using environmental language to boost sales while simultaneously destroying the environment. The website greenwash describes and explains the phenomenon as follows: Greenwashing is increasingly widespread and can be found across numerous sectors from food and fashion to energy, electronics, and finance. It can be subtle, for example with the use of logos and […]

How to implement Global Plastics Treaty locally

March 16, 2022

March 2nd 2022 was a historic moment in international environmental politics. The UN countries decided to create a legally binding Global Plastics Treaty at the UN Environmental Assembly (known as UNEA 5.2) in Nairobi, Kenya. It was historic in the sense that for the first time UNEA took the decision to start creating a global […]

Waste story from Tanzania – visiting a zero waste community

March 14, 2022

During my last week in Africa, I visited a dear friend and colleague Ana Rocha and her organization Nipe Fagio, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. One of the things I got to see was a local zero waste model pilot in Bonyokwa area, Ilala Municipality. It’s a community with about 14 000 inhabitants, where […]

We support Ukraine

February 28, 2022

As a part of the UN Major Groups and Other Stakeholders we publish the following statement. UN Statement by the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders in Support for Ukraine on the occasion of the Russian Invasion On February 24th, Russian troops entered the territory of sovereign Ukraine and launched the first strikes on Ukrainian cities, […]

Western powers condemn Russia at environmental summit

February 28, 2022

Today starts the UN Environmental Assembly 5.2 (UNEA). A meeting during which we hope for an ambitious Global Plastic Treaty to be adopted by the UN Members. But while global environmental welfare is the purpose of this summit, the event is also affected by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. This will not leave the work of […]

Waste stories from Kenya – getting to know the locals

February 22, 2022

Time in Nairobi is flying and the city is becoming more and more familiar. In my second week here I started also to get to know some local organisations working on waste and waste prevention. Definitely the highlight of the week was meeting Daniel from Single Mothers Association of Kenya. Daniel was a participant at […]

Think global, learn local – advocacy and education to apply “The Global Plastic Treaty”

February 17, 2022

The proposed legally binding global “Plastic Treaty” will set ambitious goals for nations to integrate waste reduction into all their sectors and activities in order to reduce plastic pollution worldwide and move towards sustainable waste management. This challenges education at all levels in order to enable and support communities during the transition. The Estonian Ministry […]

New report: PET, the most circular of all plastics, is far from real circularity

February 16, 2022

New research shows that most Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic recovered from bottles in Europe does not make its way back into new PET bottles. Significant Improvements in PET design, collection and recycling will be needed to improve circularity. Published today, the “How circular is PET?” report presents a picture of the true state of circularity […]

Waste stories from Kenya – first impressions

February 11, 2022

Habari! As part of the Estonian development cooperation work, I’m spending this February in Nairobi, Kenya to exchange experiences with UN-Habitat, the UN body working for better quality of life in all urbanized areas, and specifically with their waste team. This is small summary of my first week’s impressions. Tackling plastic waste pollution In 2017, […]

National reuse package system could be adopted first in Estonia

December 28, 2021

Opportunities for refill, reuse and package free shopping are growing everywhere around the EU. Let’s Do It Foundation is advocating for reuse system developments in Estonia and across the EU. With the recent developments, Estonia may become the first country where a reuse system may work nation-wide. That means the circulation of collecting, cleaning and […]