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Toxic trade

Greenpeace has documented hundreds of cases where developed countries have traded or transferred toxic waste problems to developing countries.

Instead of receiving clean technologies, too often developing countries receive toxic waste, products and technologies.

Currently the main focus of our work on toxic trade is stopping the dumping of dirty ships in Asia for shipbreaking.

This type of trade is immoral and environmentally destructive to the receiving countries and their people. It also prevents developed countries from investing in real solutions to pollution, and developing future markets in more appropriate technologies or products.

The most blatant offence has been the export of toxic wastes from developed to developing countries. Greenpeace has sought a ban on this type of toxic trade and achieved it through an international treaty called the Basel Convention.

The convention came into force in 1992 but it was a weak treaty. In 1994, a unique coalition of developing countries, and some from eastern and western Europe along with Greenpeace, managed to pass by consensus what has come to be known as the Basel Ban.

This became law in 1998 and banned waste transfer to developing countries. Greenpeace is now campaigning to:

· Prevent governments and companies circumventing the ban by practices such as ship breaking;

· Promote clean production;

· Halt the production and trade of toxic products such as the UN Environmental Programme list of the dirty dozen (the 12 most toxic persistent pollutants); and

· Stop toxic technologies such as incineration.

The latest updates

 

LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | 8 July, 2014 15 comments

This morning we released a new video asking much-loved toy company, LEGO to ditch its partnership with oil company Shell. The film depicts an Arctic made entirely of LEGO and imagines an oil spill in this beautiful and pristine part...

LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome

Video | 8 July, 2014 at 10:00

All shot in camera using: CAMERA: Canon 5Dm3 on Gazelle motion control rig. DIORAMA: 120kg of LEGO (donated and freecycled). OIL: 50 Gallons of glycerin mixed with Indian Ink. CREW: Director: Martin Stirling, Producer: Pietro Matteucci, DOP:...

6 myths this Indonesian logger didn't want busted

Feature story | 8 July, 2014 at 4:00

A new study published last week shows Indonesia's forests are disappearing faster than anywhere else in the world. In Sumatra and Kalimantan, much of this destruction is in forested peatlands. Draining and clearing peatland forests has a...

We are all agents of change

Blog entry by Mike Townsley | 4 July, 2014 7 comments

At Greenpeace, we are agents of change. We see the way we are consuming our world, and we neither accept it, nor the status quo that drives it.  Our impatience with finding ways to make our planet better includes our impatience with...

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