Join us in creating it.

We Spark innovative solutions to plastic pollution.

But the problem isn't just plastic. It's really the throw-away culture at the root of plastic pollution and a host of other problems.

So we're building a movement to "make throw-away go away" through innovation, policy and culture change.
And we want you to join us in changing the world.

Also, We're Hiring!

Passionate about innovative
solutions to plastic pollution?
Work with us!
Marketing Director
Job Description

Over the past year, UPSTREAM has undergone a metamorphosis to become a public-facing organization, investing in building our brand, projects and services. We need a Marketing Director to help complete our transformation.

Executive Assistant
Job Description

The role of the Executive Assistant is to facilitate the seamless transfer of information across the organization, with a primary focus on financial procedures and providing administrative support to the Executive Director.

Introducing The INDISPOSABLE
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"Of all the organizations I work with regularly, UPSTREAM is the one that most inspires me." Kelly Kryc, Conservation Director, New England Aquarium

What we do

“UPSTREAM has been instrumental in helping the global plastic pollution movement scale, and has consistently helped focus the conversation on real solutions.” Anna Cummins, Co-Founder, 5 Gyres Institute

The Indisposable Podcast

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Unbottling Water: The New Refill Economy

Ecopreneur and visionary Samuel Ian Rosan of Tap lays out a tech-enabled throw-away-free future for water and beyond


Innovation Labs

We're hosting innovation labs to spark new reuse businesses in NYC and the Bay Area


National Reuse Advocacy Network

Are you a non-profit leader working on plastic policy? Join the National Reuse Advocacy Network


Plastic Exposed and the UNWRAPPED Conference

Learn about Plastic Exposed and the UNWRAPPED Conference in June


UPSTREAM's Origin Story

UPSTREAM was started by a group of activists. The two founders, Dr. Bill Sheehan and Helen Spiegelman, were pioneers of Zero Waste...


“UPSTREAM’s work around the economic benefits of reuse over single-use is essential for me as an entrepreneur.” Mike Martin, CEO, RCup

Learn about food packaging chemicals and micro-plastic threats to human health from leading scientists.

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