4 O.C.E.A.N Pillars- Technology, job creation, education and market creations
for ocean plastic. With these pillars as our foundation, we at 4ocean pledge
to clean the ocean and coastlines one pound at a time.
|Founded by a couple of
scientists passionate about ending plastic pollution, 5 GYRES takes
on an integrated approach. This NGO combines science, education, and art in
order to fight plastic use. One of their flagship programs lends trawls (scientific
equipment) to citizen scientists in order to collect data on plastic
pollution. 5 Gyres mission is to conduct research and communicate about
the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ
strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5
|Leaders in research and
education on plastic pollution, Algalita works to develop
influencers in the area and impact decision-making. The organization believes
that education and knowledge are key to combat plastic pollution. As such,
their portfolio of projects includes Trash Trackers for the
community, ocean waste monitoring and STEM Workshops and
Presentations that teach basic concepts on plastic pollution.
|For many years, the amount of plastics accumulating in the
world was largely ignored by the media. That is despite the environemental
and scientific communities warnings for many years!! It seems that there has
been a resurgent of interet over the past year, so let's take advantage of it
and become grassroots acitivists, or at least do what we can! Here are some
organizations working on the issues that you can join.
|All One Ocean
|Education and Clean
ups to protect the oceans.
|Bag It is the
award-winning movie that will educate you about the enormity of our plastic
waste problem and inspire you to take action. Check their site out to learn
more about how you can be the difference.
|Be Straw Free
|Be Straw Free is a
campaign started in 2011 by 9 year-old Milo Cress. An organization that
urges restaurants to use fewer plastic straws. With “Offer First policy” for
restaurants, and for individuals the “Each One Reach One” approach. Now
15 years old, Milo has toured the world speaking to school groups,
politicians, and restaurant owners.
|Blue Frontier Campaign
|With a network of
grassroots individual citizen activists, the Blue Frontier Campaign works
towards the improvement of ocean policies in the 23 coastal states of the
United States. According to Blue Frontier Campaign, the mission of the
initiative is to construct the solution-oriented citizen engagement required
to save our ocean, coasts and the communities. The initiative conducts
regional meetings, public education campaigns and publishes books to achieve
their goal. The campaign was founded by award-winning author and
journalist David Helvarg in 2003.
|Break Free from Plastic
a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its
launch in September 2016, nearly 1,300 organizations from across the world
have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics
and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. These
organizations share the common values of environmental protection and social
justice, which guide their work at the community level and represent a
global, unified vision
|Californias Against Waste
|The mission of
Californians Against Waste is to conserve resources, prevent pollution and
protect California’s environment through the development, promotion, and
implementation of waste reduction and recycling policies and programs.
|Center for International
Environmental Law (CIEL)
|CIEL works to achieve a
toxics-free future through our work negotiating new international treaties;
changing public policy and private practices; advocating for precaution and
increased attention on new forms of chemicals; and, along the way, building
strong and diverse coalitions.
|The Center for Health,
Environment and Justice
|We train and support
local activists across the country and build local, state and national
initiatives that win on issues from Superfund to climate change. Extensive PVC division.
|Clear Blue Sea
|This relatively new,
not-for-profit the Clear Blue Sea, is actively working to rid oceans of
plastic and repurposing the plastic that they collect. Their innovative
solution uses a Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris (FRED). Not
only does it clean up debris, but it also uses renewable energy, has a
self-preservation mechanism during storms, and can help rescue animals
trapped in debris.
stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, trampling human
rights, and destroying our planet.
|Earth Day Network
|What started as a small
network during the first Earth Day, the Earth Day Network now has
over 50,000 partners globally. The organization is focused on promotion and
awareness, particularly for Earth Day itself. They create important campaigns
and materials including this Plastic Pollution Primer and Action
|Electronic Waste Guide
|Complete Guide to Electronic Rcycling
|Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund or EDF is known for its works in the area of
global warming, ecosystem restoration and oceans.
|Environmental Working Group
|Mission of EWG is to
empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With
breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic
|Friends of the Earth
|The goal of Friends
of the Earth is to achieve a better and healthier environment by 2030.
Part of this effort includes reducing plastic pollution. To this end,
the organization promotes #PlasticFreeFridaywhere followers join efforts
to avoid using plastic once per week, and hopefully even more often.
|You’ve probably already
heard of Greenpeace. This global NGO actively works to promote a wide
range of environmental issues. When it comes to plastic, one of their largest
campaigns is a global petition to encourage ministerial action against
|The Last Plastic Straw
|The Last Plastic Straw is
a movement to eliminate single use plastic at the source and a project
of Plastic Pollution Coalition.
|Litteratti is a
crowd-sourced mapping model that serves to clean up the world. It is a
community that is collecting data using a phone app called Litterati.
|Mission Blue is a
global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance. Currently, the Mission Blue
community includes 50+ respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded
organizations — from large multinational companies down to individual
scientific teams doing important research.
|My Plastic Free Life
|My Plastic Free
Life is a site that has evolved from a simple blog (formerly
known as “Fake Plastic Fish”) to a comprehensive resource on plastic-free
living. Together, we can change the world.
|Natural Resources Defense
|With the main mission to
promote the rights of people to clean air, clean water, and a cleaner
habitat, the NRDC is a global NGO with nearly 3 million members.
They make a strong focus on individual action for environmental preservation
including ways to reduceplastic pollution.
|The Ocean Cleanup
|The idea behind The Ocean
Cleanup, founded in 2013 by 18-year-old Boyan Slut from the Netherlands, is
nothing less than the largest ocean cleanup in history, by extracting
and intercepting plastic waste in the seas. As one of the most ambitious and exciting
environmental projects out there, the project has a scope that is actually
too large to properly sum it up in a couple of lines. That is why we
encourage you to head over to their website and find out more. This is maybe
the most creative ecologic initiative.
|Founded in 1972, Ocean
Conservancy is a
Washington, D.C. based leading advocacy group working for the protection of
special marine habitats, the restoration of sustainable fisheries and most
importantly, for reducing the human impact on ocean ecosystems. In order to
save our oceans, the group focuses on educating the public and also
advocating for policy changes for maintaining vibrant ocean wildlife. Among
Ocean Conservancy’s several efforts, International Coastal Cleanup programme-
which the group has been hosting for over 30 years- brings millions of
volunteers together to clean beaches across the world. The organization was
initially known as the Delta Conservancy and later the Center for
Environmental Education and the Center for Marine Conservation before
receiving its current name. Ocean Conservancy goal is to bring people
together to find solutions for our water planet. We educate and empower
people to defend not only the ocean and its wildlife, but also the millions
who earn their living from the ocean.
|Established through a
collaborative partnership between several foundations, Oceana works
to protect our oceans and marine life. Their Non Campaign makes a
special effort to clean up oceans, particularly from irresponsible drilling
and aquaculture. At the same time, the organization conducts extensive
research to promote advocacy on the subject.
|Oceanic Preservation Society
Oceanic Preservation Society focuses on promoting marine conservation and
environmentalism. Founded by photographer and diving enthusiast Louie
Psihoyos in 2005, the organisation was received attention for making the
award-winning documentary, “The Cove.” The documentary that created in
2009 was an eye-opener to the horrors of the annual Taiji dolphin hunt.
|One Green Planet
|An independent online
platform, One Green Planet provides readers with information on
sustainable, every-day habits. They are the instigators of
the #CrushPlastic Movement. This campaign focuses on reducing
single-use plastics including shopping bags, coffee cups, water bottles,
take-out containers, and straws.
|One More Generation
|Youth founders Carter and
Olivia and Ries are empowering youth to protect the environment to save
endangered species. Their environmental conservation program focuses on
plastics and their compelling talks are inspiring the next generation to take
action at a young age.
|Parley for the Oceans
|Parley seeks to
create a movement where creators, thinkers and leaders come together to raise
awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on
projects that can end their destruction. Its Parley for the Oceans
Program is centered on three strategies: avoid plastic wherever possible;
intercept plastic waste; and redesign the material itself. Parley
has created a number of partnerships with companies that have either created
or pledged to create new products from ocean plastic (e.g., Adidas, Stella
McCartney and American Express) or have shifted consumption away from virgin
|The Plastic Bank
|The Plastic Bank
recognizes that plastic is an asset that creates recyclers and valuable
“currency” that the poor can use and benefit from. The Plastic Bank has
created the world’s largest chain of stores for the very poor, where
everything can be purchased in exchange for plastic garbage.
Denmark, Plastic Change works on an international scale to raise
awareness and implement actions concerning plastic pollution. While they
tackle a number of plastic-related issues, one of their latest campaigns is
called Beat the Microbead, an app which informs the microplastic content
change the world’s attitude towards plastic within a generation”—this is the
mission that Plastic Oceans ascribes to. To this end, the
organization provides educational films, engaging curricula for school
children, as well as support to budding entrepreneurs tackling plastic
|Plastic Pollution Coalition
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
|Plastic Soup Foundation
|An advocacy group
tackling plastic pollution, the Plastic Soup Foundation works on
awareness, education, and solutions. Want to get involved in reducing the use
of plastic? This foundation has a great app, My Little Plastic
Footprint, which allows users to reduce their plastic footprint.
|We are a civil society
organization that works for the reduction and eradication of the use of
plastic for a single use nationwide in Ecuador, based on three programs:
education, counseling and production.
|Coastal Care. Growing out
of the efforts of the Santa Aguila
Foundation, Plastic-Pollution.org carries on the mission of
educating, advocating, and raising awareness of plastic pollution. One of
their main goals is to provide children with a comprehensive, environmentally-friendly
curriculum. They do so through articles, reports, and notes that are publicly
available free of charge.
|Precious Plastic enables
anyone to start a local plastic workshop to turn plastic waste into new
things, from custom knifes, to water filters to lamp shades. The sky’s the
|Responsible Runners in
Australia is a group of running enthusiasts that promote and organize beach
clean up efforts in Australia.
|Save Our Shores
|Save Our Shores is a
non-profit marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz,
California. Caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness,
advocacy, and citizen action. Educational efforts, cleanup initiatives, and
clean boating are three of the pillars this California-based NGO is built
|Sea Shepherd Conservation
|Known for obstructing
Japanese whaling activities in the Southern Ocean since 2005, Sea Shepherd
Conservation Society is a Washington-based marine conservation organization
with direct action tactics to save the oceans. Founded by Paul Watson,
a former member of Greenpeace, in 1977, under the name Earth Force Society,
the organization is involved in a number of “controversial activities” to
protect the ocean and marine life. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society carries
out operations that involve direct, non-lethal tactics including scuttling
and disabling whaling vessels, intervening in seal hunts and throwing bottles
of foul-smelling butyric acid onto whaling vessels at sea, among others. As a
response to the organisations’ effort, the Japanese government has called Sea
Shepherd eco-terrorists for impeding their research.
|The Story of Stuff Project
project, The Story of Stuff focuses on the over-consumption in
today’s culture. The project began with a documentary revealing the fact that
our society owns too much stuff. Stemming from this, the organization is
leading campaigns on reducing the use of plastic along with other
|Straw Free is an
organization based in southern California. Committed to promoting a
plastic-free lifestyle through the elimination of single-use plastic straws.
Their goal is to build awareness about the impacts of plastic straws on
the environment through educational materials, outreach to businesses, and
through the development of alternative solutions including bamboo straws.
|Straw Wars is the
site dedicated to the movement started in London’s SOHO to inspire
restaurants and bars to eliminate plastic drinking straws from their
establishments. Their site has a terrific map of London showing you how to
find a straw-free restaurant, bar, or pub. Check out their video here.
|A network of individual
enthusiasts, the Surfrider Foundation engages scientists and other
experts infeasible solutions to protect the ocean. Their Rise Above
Plastic initiative encourages each and every individual to take action
by becoming part of local Surfrider Foundation chapters. Additionally, the
campaign sets out a number of steps individuals can take to reduce plastic
pollution such as refusing single-use plastic items, recycling, and spreading
|Take 3- A Clean Beach
Initiative is an Australia based non-profit organisation focussing on the
reduction plastic pollution in the oceans and beaches. As educating people on
the risks of marine plastic pollution, the organisation encourages
beach-goers to take just three pieces of rubbish before leaving the beach and
places near any waterways or bodies. As millions of tons of plastic end up in
our oceans every year, this initiative believes in turning small efforts into
big results to protect our oceans from plastic pollution.
|TakeOutWithout is a
campaign to reduce restaurant waste. “We can’t aim for perfection, but
we can aim for improvement by saying NO to unnecessary packaging and even
toting our own reusables- Together we will be raising awareness to the
outrageous amount of unnecessary waste we create everyday as well as reducing
|Think Beyond Plastic
|accelerating the pace of
innovation for a New Plastics Economy
|Two Hands Project
|Down Under the Two
Hands Project is making a dent in plastic straw waste two fists at a
|World Wild Fund (WWF)
|The WWF is one
of the largest global foundations fighting to protect living species and
their environments around the world. The organization implements a number of
programs for healthier oceans and actively works to raise awareness about
plastic and the environment. For example, just last month, they published
a report on plastic consumption in the UK.