There's a better way than throw-away.

UPSTREAM is sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution for a throw-away-free world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Throw-Away-Free 
Pioneers

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We’re working to create a whole new cultural idea - Throw-Away-Free Places - and make it the new normal. Our goal: eliminate throw-away at the iconic places we love and show why its better.
Imagine taking Throw-Away-Free to an entire city - no more throw-away when you’re sitting down to eat.
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Throw-Away-Free Living features stories of businesses and individuals taking a giant leap beyond "bring your own."
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Learn about food packaging chemicals and micro-plastic threats to human health from leading scientists.
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The Indisposable Podcast

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The Story of Plastic

From ocean impacts to full supply chain tactics, we go behind the scenes with #breakfreefromplastic strategist & documentarian Stiv Wilson.

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The Indisposable Podcast

The Story of Plastic

From ocean impacts to full supply chain tactics, we go behind the scenes with #breakfreefromplastic strategist & documentarian Stiv Wilson.

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What the SF is a Reusable Foodware Ordinance?

How do we turn off the tap of plastic pollution for a whole community? See what we are up to in SF!

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What the SF is a Reusable Foodware Ordinance?
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The Story Behind Throw-Away-Free

Find out why UPSTREAM is creating Throw-Away-Free Places and Communities

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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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Feature Article

What the SF is a Reusable Foodware Ordinance?

How do we turn off the tap of plastic pollution for a whole community? See what we are up to in SF!

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