UPSTREAM works to replace today's throw-away society with tomorrow's culture of stewardship. By engaging business, non-profit organizations, scientists and policy-makers, UPSTREAM works to drastically reduce the amount of disposable plastic polluting our planet and impacting our health.

Current projects include:


Plastic Pollution Prevention Project (P4)

We lead and galvanize a national network of non-profit groups to expand collaboration, eliminate duplication, and drive changes in the system causing plastic pollution, including developing standards to change how plastics are used and putting pressure on corporations for action. P4 is the U.S. hub of the global #breakfreefromplastic movement.

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Cities Innovation Project

We convene and support city governments to develop and implement best practices and action plans to reduce plastic pollution, boost recycling, and grow jobs.

Austin, TX · Berkely, CA · Boston, MA · Cleveland, OH · Minneapolis, MN · New York, NY · Oakland, CA · Portland, ME · Providence, RI · Salt Lake City, UT · San Francisco, CA · San Jose, CA · Seattle, WA · Somerville, MA · Surrey, BC · Vancouver, BC

Clean Water Action · Island Foundation · Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University · Meister Consultants Group


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Packaging Reduction Policy

We work with state and local governments to advance policies that will reduce waste before it is created. This includes on-going work on extended producer responsibility and extends to food packaging fees, support for reusable food and flatware, and targeted product bans.