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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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Plastic pollution, reuse, and COVID-19

A message from the UPSTREAM team concerning single-use and reuse amidst COVID-19

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How to Stop Consuming So Much?

Guest blogger highlight Tammy Gan's consumer guide to consuming less stuff and being more human

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The Dirty Truth About Disposable Foodware 

Overbrook report details the economic costs to businesses and cities from disposable foodware

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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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Aluminum cups at the Superbowl not so super

Stadium owners try out single-use aluminum cups instead of plastic, but are these any better for the environment?

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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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China’s ban on single-use plastics may signal shift from single-use to reuse

Rolling back on throw-away culture with lasting solutions

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What You Can Do in Your Community

From baby steps to boss moves, every action counts!

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Break Free From Plastic U.S. Biggest Victories of 2019!

Get inspired by Break Free From Plastic U.S. partners' biggest victories of 2019!

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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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Innovation Labs

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

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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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Recycling and Compostables are NOT the Answer

The shortcomings of recycling and compostables to meaningful impact plastic pollution and climate change

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The Indisposable Podcast

Celebrating solutions to plastic pollution - because throw-away is so yesterday.

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Bay Area Local Governments Working Together on Solutions to Throw-Away

Bay Area Local Governments Meet to Develop Solutions to Throw-Away

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Plastic Exposed and the UNWRAPPED Conference

Learn about Plastic Exposed and the UNWRAPPED Conference in June

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Community Strategies

Learn about the strategies and rationale behind Throw-Away-Free Communities

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Throw-Away-Free Places (Pilots)

Learn about pilot Throw-Away-Free Places

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Reuse Wins Every Time

Moving from single-use to reuse is smart and green

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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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The UPSTREAM Story

The story and inspiration behind UPSTREAM

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Our Origins

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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