From the right to know and duty to inquire flows the obligation to act.
— Sandra Steingraber

How can you help as an individual? We're glad you've asked! Here are some simple yet effective tips for how you can help us move away from a throw-away society into a culture of stewardship.

 

REFUSE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

Ask for plastic-free meals when eating out. Bring reusable containers for take-out food & beverages. Refuse straws & extra packaging. BYOBag & don’t accept packaging you don’t need.

RALLY

Celebrate businesses cutting out single-use plastic. Snap a pic at the business, tag the business and post photos on social media. Tag @upstreampolicy too & we’ll repost. Snap it, tag it, post it! Ask food service providers, including delivery services, to reduce disposable plastics and provide reusable packaging options.

REFORM

Call out businesses causing the pollution. If you see plastic pollution with a company name/logo on it - snap a pic, tag the company (e.g. @McDonalds) and post photos of their plastic trash on social media. Tag @upstreampolicy too & we’ll repost. Snap it, tag it, post it! 

RETHINK

When you shop, ask the business owner to consider alternatives to single-use disposables. Let them know how much it means to you to go plastic-free. Ask them to develop strategies to reduce plastic packaging. In addition to pollution, let them know emerging science shows toxins leaching from plastics into food.

REPRESENT

If you have high level corporate contacts for plastic-polluting businesses, contact them about this problem or connect us with them.

REGISTER AND VOTE!

Support local, regional and national legislation banning single-use plastics and the candidates who support it.

 

REMEMBER TO DONATE!

Make a tax-deductible donation to UPSTREAM today and support our work throughout the country!