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.

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Creating solutions to plastic pollution profiled in our podcast & video series

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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.

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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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Cups: The Gateway Drug to Throw-Away Culture?

Vessel founder Dagny Tucker is bringing reusable cups to cities across America as part of the larger vision to change throw-away culture.

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The Break Free From Plastic Act 2020: A bill to sustain the States beyond single-use stuff

Redistributing the weight of plastic pollution from communities & consumers to corporations

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National Reuse Network

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

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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

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

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