Publications

Department of Environment Responds to Public Demands on Plastic

April 2021

Johannesburg, 20 April 2021 – The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has assured South Africans that safeguarding our health through environmental protection remains their top mandate. The commitment was…

Thousands of South Africans call for stricter plastic regulations from the DEFF Director General

April 2021

The anti-single-use plastic coalition is calling for the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) Director-General Anben Pillay to adopt stricter measures to cut down production of single-use plastic on…

Greenpeace Africa Reacts to Alarming UN Plastic Report Findings

March 2021

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a scaithing report about plastic and environmental inequality, which shows how countries within the Global South are being force-fed plastic pollution by wealthy…

Greenpeace Africa reacts to strict measures against water sachets announced in Kinshasa

March 2021

PRESS RELEASEKinshasa’s governor, Mr. Gentiny Ngobila, announced new measures last Friday to prosecute all sale or production of single-use plastic water sachets in the capital city

Video: Greenpeace Plastic Lead exposes plastic plight of his community

March 2021

Award-winning activist and documentarian Angelo Louw welcomed the world to his childhood neighbourhood in an online video, where he spoke about the impact of plastic pollution and the critical role…

Op-ed | Africa should aim for a future free of plastics

March 2021

It is evident that there is a need to shift from the current state of affairs and forge a new pathway. We can’t go back to approaches where false solutions…

Op-Ed | Slam the Kenya-US Plastic Proposal, Focus on the Climate Crisis

March 2021

The UNEP acknowledged Kenya’s “stewardship” in the continental fight against plastic pollution; but, if the past fews months are anything to go by, its notoriously stringent anti-plastic laws may not…

Kenya Must Not Backslide on Plastics as FTA Negotiations Resume

March 2021

Nairobi, 3 March 2021-  Responding to the news that Kenya and the United States are set to resume talks on the bilateral trade agreement after a four-month break

Kenya Still at Risk Despite UN Plastics Nod: Greenpeace

February 2021

Nairobi, 22 February 2021 — In the lead up to the UN summit being held in Nairobi, UNEP   has named Kenya as an emerging leader in the fight against…

Netflix heartthrob ‘bares all’ for Greenpeace anti-plastic campaign

December 2020

Greenpeace Africa has partnered with local actor and Netflix newcomer Ryle De Morny in a cheeky Instagram takeover to expose the true extent of the plastic industry's exploits. The aim…

‘We treat human beings like waste by ignoring or brutalising them’

December 2020

Informal communities that rely on the collection and sale of recyclable waste for survival are under threat from all sides. Marius Sullivan explores the fragile existence of the ‘Bagerezi’ in…

The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé named top plastic polluters for the third year in a row

December 2020

Manila, Philippines - The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé are ranked as the world’s top plastic polluters for the 3rd consecutive year according to Break Free From Plastic‘s report “BRANDED…

Prioritise Environmental Protection in The U.S.-Kenya FTA

November 2020

The recent media article by the US Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter, gives a clear indication that the US is willing to proceed with the Free Trade Agreement with Kenya.

Marekani Yatumia Mbinu Kudhalilisha Sheria za Kimazingira

November 2020

Kenya na Marekani wamezindua awamu ya pili ya mazungumzo ya kibiashara, siku chache tu baada ya kinyang’aniro cha uchaguzi huko Marekani.

The Power is in Your Hands: Over 20,000 Implore CS Maina to Say No to Kenya-US Plastic Deal

November 2020

Nairobi, 10 November 2020 – After months of pressure, Hon. Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development finally met with Greenpeace Africa to receive the 20,000-strong…

Mauritius after three months: 10 unanswered questions following the oil spill

November 2020

On August 6, Mauritius local time, the MV Wakashio began to leak it's heavy fuel oil offshore of Pointe d'Esny, south of Mauritius, two weeks after the Japanese bulk carrier…

Nurdle Hurdle: The Department of Environment Needs to Take Bold Action and Ban Single-Use Plastic

November 2020

Responding to reports that plastic nurdles are washing up in the Southern Cape and on Cape Town beaches, Greenpeace Africa Plastic Campaign Lead Angelo Louw has said

US Senators Urge Trump to Intervene in Kenya Plastics Saga

October 2020

62 lawmakers from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are calling on President Trump to take a leadership role on plastic pollution by opposing the export of more…

Allowing Plastic Importation is Going Back on the Commitments of a Plastic-Free Kenya

October 2020

This August marked 3 years since Kenya instituted a ban on single-use plastic carrier bags. So many things have happened since this ban came into effect 3 years ago.

5 influential voices spoke up for Kenya’s Plastic Ban - and you should too!

September 2020

Several of the world’s most influential voices took to social media when the news broke, expressing disgust at this attack on Africa’s plastic-free progress. Here’s what they had to say

Analysis Exposes American Chemistry Council’s “Chemical Recycling” Fantasy

September 2020

A new Greenpeace report, Deception by the Numbers, examines 52 projects touted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) as “chemical” or “advanced” recycling, finding that many are either not viable…

Covid-19 Fuelling the Resurgence of Single-use Plastics

September 2020

Africa is a world leader in banning plastic bags with thirty-four out of fifty-two countries having bans, or passed the legislation to ban single-use plastics. Much as the current COVID-19…

Ban the Bag: Greenpeace Africa implores public to comment on plastic regulations

September 2020

Johannesburg, 02 September 2020 — The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has called for public comment on amendments to plastic bag regulations[1] which favour recycling, a false solution to…

Don’t Let Africa Become a Dumping Site: Greenpeace Urges CS Maina

September 2020

Nairobi, 2 September 2020 – Following the release of the New York Times article  and Greenpeace Africa’s  Media Release  revealing that lobbyists from the American Chemistry Council wants to use…

Industry Lobby The US Government to Make Africa Backslide on Plastics

August 2020

The American Chemistry Council has lobbied the US government during the COVID-19 pandemic to use a US-Kenya trade deal to expand the plastics industry’s footprint across Africa.

Greenpeace and Secret Sunrise Dance Into #PlasticFreeSeptember

August 2020

Greenpeace Africa is collaborating with Secret Sunrise to sensitise people on the impact of plastic pollution through a language cutting across all boundaries: Dance!

“False Solutions” to Plastic Pollution Impact the Forest

August 2020

Greenpeace Africa Campaigner Awa Traoré explains why substituting single-use plastic with paper is a “false solution” to the plastic pollution crisis

Greenpeace Africa Welcomes Mozambique’s Plan to Ban Plastic Bags

August 2020

Mozambican Minister of Land and Environment Ivete Maibasse has announced plans to submit a law aiming to ban the use of plastic bags in the country as an effort to…

Hope for Senegal’s plastic-free future amid COVID-19

July 2020

New research backed by over a hundred medical experts worldwide confirms that reusables are safe to use during the current global COVID-19 pandemic, for as long as proper hygiene practices…

Plastic pollution is making our seals suffer!

July 2020

Marine plastic debris is one of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the world today. From microplastic ingestion to bioaccumulation of toxins and endocrine system disruption in humans – these…

Collaborative efforts are needed to overcome a pandemic within COVID-19 pandemic

July 2020

The world is ailing. COVID-19 has got humanity worried about it’s survival. Jointly the world has come together exploring measures and developing mechanisms necessary to overcome the threat posed by…

Recycling is a “false solution” to plastic pollution

July 2020

Greenpeace Africa Plastic Campaigner Amos Wemanya explains why recycling is a “false solution” to Africa’s plastic pollution crisis

Health & the Reuse Revolution: How governments and corporations can think beyond plastic to a green and just future

July 2020

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen local and global governments, mobilise resources and public funds to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been encouraging to see the pace at which…

SUPPORT RESTAURANTS THAT CHOOSE TO REUSE

July 2020

Many of our favourite restaurants are overrun with single-use plastics. The drinks come with plastic straws, the food comes with plastic cutlery, and our leftovers are placed in styrofoam boxes…

Health & the Reuse Revolution: Is disposable safer than reusable? Let’s consult the science

July 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many companies have rightly taken steps to limit contamination in their restaurants and stores. In an emergency, they chose to ban the use of…

Reusables are just as safe: The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating single-use plastic pollution

June 2020

 More than 125 health experts, including virologists, epidemiologists, emergency room doctors, and specialists in public health and food packaging safety, have signed a statement on the safety of reusables during…

3 Steps: Make a Reusable Face Mask

June 2020

Greenpeace Africa volunteer Chemitei Janet shows us how to make a cloth reusable face mask to protect ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Reusables can be used safely: Over 125 health experts fire back at the plastic industry

June 2020

While the world is rightly preoccupied with tackling COVID-19, oil companies are pushing to produce more single-use plastic than ever before. So what do we need to know about plastic…

Over 100 Health Experts Approve Safety of Reusables During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2020

Nairobi/Johannesburg, 22 June 2020 – Over 100 health experts from eighteen countries, several of them from Africa signed onto a statement today assuring retailers and consumers that reusables are safe…

Greenpeace Africa concerned over PPE pollution

June 2020

Durban, 03 June 2020 – The need for masks, latex gloves, and other single-use PPEs to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has increased but they are not being properly disposed of. 

Greenpeace Launches The Story of Plastic Documentary; Calls for A Total Ban on Single-Use Plastics

June 2020

Johannesburg, 2 June 2020 – This World Environment Day, Greenpeace Africa will be screening The Story of Plastic, a new documentary directed and produced by Deia Schlosberg. This documentary exposes…

Greenpeace Launches The Story of Plastic Documentary; Calls for A Total Ban on Single-Use Plastics

June 2020

Nairobi, 2 June 2020 – This World Environment Day,  Greenpeace Africa will be screening The Story of Plastic, a new documentary directed and produced by Deia Schlosberg. This documentary exposes…

The Story of Plastic is an eye opener into the global plastic pollution crisis

June 2020

What does an anti-oil & gas activist in Houston, Texas, have in common with a lawyer advocating for plastic bag bans in Jakarta, Indonesia, and a waste picker in Delhi,…

34 Plastic Bans in Africa | A Reality Check

May 2020

Africa has come a long way on the journey to creating a single-use plastic-free world with many victorious milestones to celebrate across the continent. We’ve been said to be leading…

Africa's Exploding Plastic Nightmare

May 2020

ROSEMARY NYAMBURA SPENDS her weekends collecting plastic with her aunt Miriam in the Dandora dump in Nairobi. Because the bottles they sell to other plastics traders are mixed in with discarded…

Ban on single-use water sachets implemented in Senegal: “a positive step towards breaking away from single-use plastics”

April 2020

20 April 2020, Dakar Greenpeace Africa welcomes the implementation of Senegal’s ban on plastic water sachets as a step in the right direction to tackle the plastic pollution crisis.  “It’s…

Health & the Reuse Revolution: Zero waste living in a time of crisis

April 2020

A Blog Series with Tips, Tools, and Reflections In recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a wider conversation about how people who want to continue to avoid disposables, support…

West Africa breaks free from Plastic | Time to celebrate Victories

February 2020

Last week, an important decision was taken by the Senegalese Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. Starting April this year, all water sachets and plastic cups will be banned in…

It's a monster, a plastic monster!

September 2019

A shoal of surreal, plastic-pollution monsters seized Nelson Mandela University (NMU) campus on 28 August. The anti-plastic-pollution performance was born out of a desire to raise awareness about the plastic…

The plastic tragedy demands an end to single-use plastic products

July 2019

The April floods in KwaZulu Natal caused the unnecessary loss of over 70 lives. It was a tragic moment for the province, and the country, as we mourned lost family…