UPSTREAM is thrilled to partner with pioneer organizations across the country working to become throw-away-free. We’re working iconic venues to help eliminate single-use products and engage their customers around why it matters, and why it’s better.
We've developed a tiered approach to help venues, their concessionaires and brand partners:
We've secured partnerships with the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) which represents 22 AZA-accredited aquariums with over 44 million visitors each year and several concessionaires providing food service to venues. These partnerships have led to pilots currently underway with the New England Aquarium (MA), the Mystic Aquarium (CT), the Anthem Arena (Washington D.C.), and the new Chase Arena in San Francisco (new home of the Golden State Warriors). In 2020, we're launching an interactive, customizable and full-spectrum platform to transition venues across the country from single-use to reuse.
We know that brown paper take-out box and the bioplastic fork seem better for the environment. After all, it says “compostable” on them.
But unfortunately, when we substitute one single-use product for another, we’re often out of the frying pan and into the fire. There are big commercial interests trying to harness the public’s outrage over single-use plastics and push it to single-use something else. Products like paper to-go boxes and bioplastic cutlery often require more energy, water and toxic chemicals to produce than single-use plastics. What’s more, they usually don’t effectively compost, and many composters don’t want them because they degrade the value of the compost.
The good news is that reuse wins every time, and we can create systems that get people what they want without all the waste.
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