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 of the population smoking to 14%. Smoke-Free Places was a big part of that change. How do we make this kind of change happen around single-use 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 throw-away when you’re sitting down to eat, and all the restaurants and food delivery businesses are using reusable to-go cups and to-go boxes that are part of a community-wide system.

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 sparking 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. Enjoy the latest articles and podcasts.

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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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Slow Music with Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia’s Leah Song shares their 'slow music' approach to sustainable touring as well as the group’s newly released album!

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The Indisposable Podcast

Slow Music with Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia’s Leah Song shares their 'slow music' approach to sustainable touring as well as the group’s newly released album!

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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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