United Nations
International Working Group Coordination for Plastic Pollution Reduction
by Plastic Pollution Coalition (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Plastic Pollution Coalition is committed to measurably reducing plastic pollution and its toxic impacts worldwide by sustaining existing tools and creating new mechanisms to document best practices, cultivate innovative strategies, and amplify common messaging. We are renewing our commitment to diversity in this movement - including diversity of geography, professional sector, race, income level, political affiliation, and gender - encouraging a focus on systemic change, correcting social injustices, and shared responsibility for the growing problem of plastic pollution.

Plastic​ ​Pollution​ ​Coalition​ ​is​ ​a​ ​global​ ​alliance​ ​of​ ​over​ ​500​ ​organizations,​ ​businesses,​ ​and leaders​ ​working​ ​toward​ ​a​ ​world​ ​free​ ​of​ ​plastic​ ​pollution​ ​and​ ​its​ ​toxic​ ​impacts​ ​on​ ​humans,​ ​animals,​ ​our oceans,​ ​waterways,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​environment.​ PPC was created as a platform for non-governmental institutions to share their research and best practices around single-use plastic, fostering connection and collaboration between these groups. The Coalition has been at the forefront of an international movement to define and publicly identify the overwhelming waste problem facing modern society, particularly our oceans and landfills, for what it predominantly is: plastic pollution.

Over the past six months, our growing coalition has begun to organization itself around topic-specific Working Groups, to better coordinate action-oriented agendas and clear goals. The foundation of the Working Groups is on changing the narrative around disposable plastics, including:
1. shifting perceptions of disposable plastic as cheap and clean to an understanding of the true environmental cost and toxic health impacts of single-use plastic and resultant plastic pollution;
2. refocusing the onus of plastic pollution prevention from the consumer (bring your own...) to the producer, through public pressure in support of extended producer responsibility;
3. developing toolkits, media plans, informational materials, regulation and legislative agendas for the local, state, and federal levels;
4. supporting and promoting innovative solutions at the local, country, and worldwide levels.
Progress reports
December 2018
A global shift in both restaurant policy and individual practice away from the use of single-use plastic straws, either away from straws entirely or toward reusable or truly compostable single-use options.
July 2018
Meaningful contributions to the existing research and analysis on single-use plastic, including: [a] Analysis of an improved method for quantifying plastic waste to impact sustainability goals, accounting for both weight and volume. [b] Life cycle impact assessments on single-use plastic packaging accounting for (1) a more realistic analysis of municipal waste management and (2) the entire system of plastic production, from extraction to manufacture to waste management.
March 2018
A global toolkit which can be used by advocates at all levels - governments, organizations, and individuals - across the world to adopt laws and regulations limiting the production and use of single-use plastic (bags, containers, cups, lids, straws, and more).
Financing (in USD)
200,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Policy leadership, coalition building, visual storytelling
Other, please specify
Time investment by partners across the globe
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2018
nearly 600 nonprofit organizations and businesses worldwide
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jane Patton, Managing Director, jane@plasticpollutioncoalition.org, 225-266-5534
Los Angeles, California, USA
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