working to change how we use plastic
By advancing state and local policy and engaging business, UPSTREAM works to drastically reduce the amount of disposable plastic polluting our planet and impacting our health. We act as conveners and provide strategic leadership to develop and implement collaborative campaigns and projects across sectors and organizations. Current projects include:
We coordinate and support a national network of non-profit groups to drive changes in the system causing plastic pollution, including developing standards to change how plastics are used, and putting pressure on corporations for action.
We work to develop and implement extended producer responsibility for packaging - where companies take responsibility for packaging waste to reduce their plastic footprint, and then collect and recycle their packaging.
We convene and support city governments to develop and implement action plans to reduce plastic pollution, boost recycling, and grow jobs.