THERE'S A BETTER WAY THAN THROW-AWAY.

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 issues.

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.

We are with you and your families during this difficult time.

UPSTREAM is committed to our mission to help businesses, communities, and individuals eliminate single-use waste while prioritizing safety and sanitation. Please read our team message concerning reusables and single-use to learn more.

PLASTIC POLLUTION, REUSE, AND COVID-19
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Introducing The INDISPOSABLE
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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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Reuse, Resilience, and COVID-19

How the zero waste movement can stay resilient through a pandemic with ecotoxicologist Jane Muncke & UPSTREAM’s Matt Prindiville

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Plastics Industry Exploits Coronavirus to Prop up Single-Use Plastics

UPSTREAM's response to the Plastic Industry Association's push for more single-use plastics

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Greenpeace Recycling Report: Plastics recycling isn’t working, but this creates new opportunities for reduce and reuse

Plastics recycling isn’t working, but this creates new opportunities for reduce and reuse

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Plastic Exposed and the UNWRAPPED Conference

Learn about Plastic Exposed and the UNWRAPPED Conference in June

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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...

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

Mike Martin, CEO, RCup

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