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

Trash-Free Dining

We are working with cities and restaurants to minimize disposable dishware and cutlery & to pioneer reusable to-go systems.

Better Alternatives Now

Read the BAN List 2.0 for alternatives to the worst plastic products.


Unpackaged Delivery

We are revolutionizing food & consumer product delivery by reducing disposable packaging and creating reusable systems.

Connect the Cap

We developed and are working to pass legislation that will require plastic caps to be connected to their bottles, just like aluminum tabs on cans. 


Global Toolkit

The online Global Plastic Reduction Toolkit will serve as a comprehensive set of resources to propose, pass, and implement legislation & other initiatives to reduce plastic pollution.

Plastics & Health Forum

UPSTREAM is organizing a 2019 conference to document the science proving plastics are a human health threat.


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.

Packaging Reduction Policy

We work with state and local governments to reduce waste before it is created. This includes work on extended producer responsibility and packaging reduction policy.


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.