Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. With its work, Plastic Pollution seeks to put plastic pollution at the forefront of global social, environmental and political discourse. To achieve its mission, Plastic Pollution Coalition has defined the following strategic goals:

  • End the global dependence on disposable plastic, the primary source of plastic pollution;
  • Reduce the overall global plastic footprint for individuals, businesses and organizations;

Achieving these strategic goals requires collaboration on a global scale between individuals, organizations, businesses and policy-makers to raise awareness and improve understanding of the complex problem of plastic pollution; to create solutions; and to pursue these solutions relentlessly, with a sense of utmost urgency.

Plastic Pollution Coalition Core Initiatives

Educate and inform. Elevate the discourse about plastic pollution to the forefront of the public attention; deliver access to information about all aspects of plastic pollution and their interconnections;

Connect globally. Connect all involved parties—local communities, environmental organizations, public health organizations, environmental justice organizations, individuals and businesses—to each other in their work to end plastic pollution;

Strategic Initiatives

  1. Encourage, inspire and support individuals, organizations and businesses to end their dependence on disposable plastic, and to reduce their plastic footprint;
  2. Encourage, inspire and support plastic product manufacturers to own the end of life of their products; to invest in truly biodegradable products; and to self-regulate the output of non-biodegradable matter;
  3. Encourage, inspire and support the creation of economic incentives for businesses willing to invest in plastic alternatives; legislation that curbs irresponsible proliferation of disposable plastic;
  4. Encourage, inspire and support international leaders to form global alliances against plastic pollution.


  • REFUSE!: Single use and disposable plastics are the greatest source of plastic pollution, on land and in the ocean. REFUSE is a global strategic initiative aimed at encouraging people to end their dependence in single use and disposable plastics, and to reduce their overall plastic footprint.
  • Plastic-Free Times (currently in Beta) is a citizen activation hub that delivers RSS news from around the world about plastic pollution;  clear and concise information about plastic pollution; peer-reviewed scientific data and other resources, and offers easy on-ramps for becoming involved in the solutions.
  • Plastic Free Campuses: School and college campuses are often the source of enormous amounts of plastic pollution.  ”Plastic Free Campuses” is a global community of university and school campuses working towards reducing their plastic footprint.  The goal of the project is to measurably reduce plastic pollution on campuses around the world, with a special focus on the reduction and ultimately the elimination of plastic bottles, plastic straws and utensils, and plastic food packaging.
  • Plastic Free Towns is a project to support communities around the globe in their efforts to eliminate disposable plastic, and to measurably reduce their overall plastic footprint.This project is always carried out in partnership with local organizations and generally follows a three steps approach.

a.    An audit of common sources of plastic pollution for the community. These sources vary significantly between geographies, but almost always are plastic bottles, plastic bags, straws and a stream of disposable plastic objects.

b.    Evaluation and identification of viable, locally sourced alternatives to the sources of plastic pollution.

c.     Development of a plan to reduce plastic pollution, with measurements and reporting mechanism. The plan includes community outreach and engagement; support for locally sourced, low-carbon footprint alternatives; and long term monitoring and viability.

  • Central America Project: In Central America, the plastic pollution problem has a key focus on plastic bottles, plastic bags and of course, single-use and disposable plastics. Yet we were so happy to discover a solution that is almost extinct in North America – refillable glass bottles.  In talking with business owners we found out that refilling bottles is more economical as well.
  • United Arab Emirates Project Plastic pollution is a global problem. It affects communities and people everywhere, from Honolulu to Dubai to Kuala Lumpur. It harms animals in the ocean and animals in the desert, filling the seas and littering the ground. This is why Plastic Pollution Coalition engages people and organizations around the globe and connects them to each other.
  • Think Beyond Plastic: Think Beyond Plastic is an innovation competition for entrepreneurs working on solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Of special interest are disruptive technologies and solutions for supply chain and infrastructure, source materials and packaging, or other products, services or business model innovations that can lead to solutions at scale.
  • TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In 2010, PPC was the host of TEDx GreatPacificGarbagePatch: The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis. Live-streamed around the globe, this one-day event brought together for the first time thought leaders from the fields of technology, science, arts and entertainment, design, community activism and business in a discussion on the theme of “The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis”.
  • Plastic Pollution World Expedition: the expedition will highlight the  destructive effects of single use plastics throughout the globe in order to raise awareness, understanding, and a reaction against the growing global plastic pollution problem.
  • Plastic Oceans Project: Plastic Oceans Foundation is a strategic partner to Plastic Pollution Coalition. Through the power of film, Plastic Oceans Foundation is dedicated to raise awareness about how our actions impact the health of the ocean, and how ocean health impacts us.


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