Websites & Organizations
Learn more about how you can be part of a global solution. Here are some links to more organizations and websites working to eliminate plastic pollution from our environment. See also our list of alternatives to plastic straws here.
Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores is a non-profit marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz, California. Caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. With its work, Plastic Pollution seeks to put plastic pollution at the forefront of global social, environmental and political discourse
5 Gyres mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.
Ocean Conservancy goal is to bring people together to find solutions for our water planet. We educate and empower people to defend not only the ocean and its wildlife, but also the millions who earn their living from the ocean.
Blue Mind connects the dots between science, art, economics, and health to describe the many ways being near, in, on or under water can make our lives better.
1 : 1 Movement
1 to 1 Movement started with a simple idea – we can all be part of the solution. Focusing on raising awareness about sustainability, the issues surrounding sustainability, and how to continue the conversation on conservation. Our approach is from the bottom up, top down.
My Plastic Free Life
Be Straw Free
Be Straw Free is a campaign started in 2011 by 9 year-old Milo Cress. An organization that urges restaurants to use fewer plastic straws. With “Offer First policy” for restaurants, and for individuals the “Each One Reach One” approach. Now 15 years old, Milo has toured the world speaking to school groups, politicians, and restaurant owners.
Straw Free is an organization based in southern California. Committed to promoting a plastic-free lifestyle through the elimination of single-use plastic straws. Their goal is to build awareness about the impacts of plastic straws on the environment through educational materials, outreach to businesses, and through the development of alternative solutions including bamboo straws.
Straw Wars is the site dedicated to the movement started in London’s SOHO to inspire restaurants and bars to eliminate plastic drinking straws from their establishments. Their site has a terrific map of London showing you how to find a straw-free restaurant, bar, or pub. Check out their video here.
Bag It is the award-winning movie that will educate you about the enormity of our plastic waste problem and inspire you to take action. Check their site out to learn more about how you can be the difference.
Mission Blue is a global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance. Currently, the Mission Blue community includes 50+ respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded organizations — from large multinational companies down to individual scientific teams doing important research.
Surfrider Foundation’s mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
TakeOutWithout is a campaign to reduce restaurant waste. “We can’t aim for perfection, but we can aim for improvement by saying NO to unnecessary packaging and even toting our own reusables- Together we will be raising awareness to the outrageous amount of unnecessary waste we create everyday as well as reducing it.”
Down Under the Two Hands Project is making a dent in plastic straw waste two fists at a time
2 snorkels – one dive – 80 straws!
This is Jayben & Zion (still snorkeling in the background) at Manly in Sydney, Australia. It is amazing what two hands can accomplish in such a short time. Join the effort at a beach near you and make your own two-fisted difference. Many hands make light work!
Responsible Runners in Australia is a group of running enthusiasts that promote and organize beach clean up efforts in Australia. Here they are at Bondi Beach with their latest haul. Check out their inspirational facebook page!
Better yet, start your own Responsible Runners (or walkers) group in your area and inspire your friends to join the movement!