We're UPSTREAM, a national non-profit organization sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution and our throw-away culture. We create opportunities, develop tools and invite business leaders, policy makers and culture hackers to join us in changing the world.
Today, kids don’t remember what it was like when people smoked on airplanes or in restaurants. In a generation, we’ve gone from half the population smoking to less than 14%. Smoke-Free Places was a big part of that change. How do we make this kind of change happen for single-use plastic and our throw-away lifestyle? Enter Throw-Away-Free Places!
Imagine you’re going to catch a ballgame, or head out to a concert, or you’re taking your kid to a zoo or theme park. Now imagine there’s no more throw-away stuff.
Imagine taking throw-away-free to an entire city - no more disposable stuff when you’re sitting down to eat, and all the restaurants and food delivery services are using reusable cups and to-go boxes that are part of a community system run by innovative new businesses.
Sound crazy? Pie in the sky? The great news is that it’s happening right now.
Welcome to Throw-Away-Free Communities.
Throw-Away-Free Living features stories of businesses and individuals taking a giant leap beyond "bring your own." They are pioneers and innovators creating new business models, starting conversations and making their businesses, workplaces, schools, and communities throw-away-free.
Learn how they did it, become inspired and spark Throw-Away-Free Living in your community.