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Every holiday season, millions of people face the challenge of finding thoughtful gifts for the ones they love. Unfortunately, cultural norms around holiday gift giving often create an ocean of waste in their wake—in packaging, wrapping, and in the many gifted items that are used a limited number of times before breaking or being discarded. Many of these items are made from plastic that offgases toxic chemicals and sheds microplastic particles, which are harmful to animals and people, especially children. Fortunately, there are alternative ways to celebrate and by forging new traditions, we can gift mindfully for healthier, lower waste holidays.
This special holiday webinar featured Alejandra Warren, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Plastic Free Future and Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, Pediatrician, Founder/CEO of Ahimsa in a discussion moderated by Dianna Cohen, Plastic Pollution Coalition’s Co-Founder & CEO.
It is best to be present, create new traditions, or give experiences and second-hand gifts instead of buying products extracted from Earth’s precious natural resources. But if you are planning to purchase new physical gifts this year, please support plastic-free businesses that strive to be friendlier to people and the planet. We invite you to sign up for our 2022 Plastic-Free Holiday Gift Guide. Shop plastic-free this holiday season, get exclusive discounts from sustainable businesses, and help reduce plastic pollution.
The Global Plastics Treaty: What You Need To Know
March 16, 2022
Will Mushrooms and Seaweed Help Replace Single-Use Plastic?
August 25, 2022
Crafting Hollywood Storylines That Flip the Script on Plastics
September 14, 2022
Global Human Health & Ocean Pollution: A Conversation with Dr. Phil Landrigan
January 27, 2021
Will Humanity Survive Plastic Pollution?
Toxic Impact of Plastics’ Chemicals on Fertility
February 24, 2021
Break Down: Explaining the U.S. Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021
March 31, 2021
Unwoven: Phasing Plastic Out of Fashion
April 14, 2021
Poisoned Planet: Injustice of Disposable Culture & Hope for the Future
June 23, 2021
Plastic Free Periods: Protecting Our Bodies & Preventing Plastic Pollution
July 28, 2021
Plastic Free Outdoors: Honoring Nature, Preventing Plastic Pollution
August 25, 2021
Plastics & Climate: How Single-Use Packaging is Fueling the Crisis
September 29, 2021
The Cost of Convenience: Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Pollution Crisis
October 20, 2021
Getting Ready for Plastic Free July
June 25, 2020
Plastics, Health and Your Family
July 29, 2020
Plastic Free Planet: Youth Mobilize for Change
September 23, 2020
Unseen: Microplastics Research & Solutions
October 27, 2020
Deep Ocean to Outer Space: Plastic Pollution Solutions
December 4, 2020
Microplastics are everywhere. They’re in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. They’re small enough to enter our cells, and they can mimic our hormones. Scientists are only beginning to understand the long-term impacts these invisible contaminants have on our bodies—many have been linked to diseases, from diabetes to certain cancers. Plastics are a risk to all of us—made up of over 10,000 chemicals that are harmful to our health and the planet.
During the webinar, we had a conversation with Matt Simon, author of the new book, A Poison Like No Other: How Microplastics Corrupted Our Planet and Our Bodies, and Dr. Deonie Allen & Dr. Steve Allen of Plastic Pollution News about the harmful impact of microplastics on our environment and our bodies.
Removing single-use plastics from Hollywood sets is important to help address plastic pollution, but if storylines continue to be littered with plastics we are missing a critical opportunity for societal awareness and transformative change. Entertainment is a powerful way to engage audiences on the issue, and while we’re seeing more references to the impacts of plastics on human health, animals, and the ocean in film and television, it’s not enough. So how do we ensure our stories set the scene for a plastic-free future without turning our favorite films and shows into a PSA on plastics?
During the September 14 webinar, we discussed tips and tools to help scriptwriters seamlessly craft plastic-free and plastic-aware worlds. The webinar was moderated Kate Folb, Director of Hollywood, Health & Society, and panelists included Fishtown Films’ Emily Gallagher & Austin Elston, the creative team behind the first ever zero-waste feature film “Citywide”, and Scott Z. Burns, one of the producers of An Inconvenient Truth, and the screenwriter behind Contagion and AppleTV+’s upcoming Extrapolations.
Our world is overwhelmed by single-use plastic packaging and products, and it’s having devastating consequences on our climate, communities, and health. But what if all those items weren’t made of toxic, fossil fuel-based plastic? What if they were made from regenerative materials like mushrooms or seaweed?
During the webinar on Thursday, August 25, 2022, as we sat down with three companies providing innovative technologies to replace single-use plastics with renewable, compostable, and eco-friendly alternatives—Ecovative, LOLIWARE, and Sway. Panelists included Julia Marsh, Co-Founder and CEO of Sway, Meghan Olson, Director of Mushroom® Packaging at Ecovative, and Dr. Victoria Piunova, Chief Technology Officer at LOLIWARE. The panel will be moderated by Julia Cohen, Managing Director of Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Starting and managing a business is hard work, and it can be especially challenging if you want to provide products and services that are not encased in toxic plastic. From skin & hair care products to food and cosmetics—plastic is so ubiquitous it can seem like the only option. Fortunately, it isn’t! During the July 27, we had a discussion with business owners who have succeeded in going plastic free, and learned how they did it.
Special thanks to Pangea Organics for sponsoring this webinar.
– Joshua Onysko, Founder & CEO, Pangea Organics
– Cassia Patel, Director of Programs, Oceanic Global
– Alejandra Warren, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Plastic Free Future
– Erica Cirino, Communications Manager, Plastic Pollution Coalition
During the June 22, we learned more about some of these communities and this powerful new Toxic Tours platform—which we at Plastic Pollution Coalition nominated for The Earthshot Prize—to help people around the world understand the toxic consequences of plastic production on communities and the environment.
Impacted Resident, Southwestern Pennsylvania & Field Organizer
Clean Air Council
Manager of Community Outreach and Support
Member, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Oil & Gas Committee, West Long Beach, California
Global Communications Lead,
Break Free From Plastic
Every day we are faced with news of climate change, the global plastics crisis, depletion of the rainforest, economic injustice, war, and more. With so many imminent threats to our environment and world happening all at once, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But there are solutions and there is hope! During the April 27 webinar, we focused on how to move from climate anxiety towards climate action.
CEO of Maya’s Ideas, Environmental Activist, Animator & Author
Dr. Britt Wray
Human and Planetary Health Fellow, Stanford University, and author of Generation Dread
CEO & Co-Founder of One GreenThing, author of One Green Thing: Discover Your Hidden Power to Help Save the Planet and Executive Advisory Board Member of Plastic Pollution Coalition
What is the Global Plastics Treaty, and what do we mean when we say it needs to be “legally binding” and “address the full life cycle of plastic”? And what does the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) in Nairobi have to do with it?
During the March 16 webinar, we heard from experts about the need and opportunity to negotiate a bold and binding global commitment to address plastic pollution, and learned about what happened at UNEA 5.2 from some key people who were on the ground there.
COARE (Center for Oceanic Awareness Research and Education)
Campaign Manager: Plastics & Petrochemicals
CIEL (Center for International Environmental Law)
Science and Policy Director
GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives)
Co-Founder & Executive Director
People Over Plastic
During the February 16 webinar, the panelists discussed the impacts of plastics on climate and human health and how industry uses science denial and misinformation to prevent urgent and transformative solutions from being adopted. The webinar featured Yvette Arellano, Founder & Executive Director of Fenceline Watch; Shilpi Chhotray, Co-Founder & Executive Director of People Over Plastic; and Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science & Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University, whose work and persona provided inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the satirical film Don’t Look Up.
During the January 19 webinar, we had a deep-dive discussion on Flip the Script on Plastics—an initiative to empower the entertainment industry to model real solutions to the plastic pollution crisis, both on set and in storylines.
We were joined by Hollywood activists and artists Yareli Arizmendi, Fran Drescher, and Kyra Sedgwick, following a presentation of the Original report from Dana Weinstein, Project Specialist for the Media Impact Project at the Norman Lear Center, University of Southern California.
We know that life imitates art, and by showing package-free and reusable and refillable systems in popular television shows and movies, we can influence culture and change the perception of toxic throwaway plastic as being normal—because it’s not.
Go behind the scenes with Nikhilesh Paliath and Priscilla Villa Watt, two of the heroes featured in the Emmy-winning documentary film The Story of Plastic together in conversation, moderated by Stiv Wilson, co-producer and visionary behind the film.
During the webinar, they discussed the current state of the plastic pollution crisis two years after the documentary’s debut, focusing on the environmental and social justice elements of the film and the nexus of plastic pollution and human rights. They also talked about the breakneck pace at which the petrochemical buildout is harming communities around the world as single-use plastic products spread into new global markets.
Stiv Wilson is co-founder of Peak Plastic Foundation. He was joined by Nikhilesh Paliath, Founding Member & Senior Mentor, Green Army International; and Priscilla Villa Watt, Racial Justice Organizer for Policy and Research, Voices for Racial Justice.
During the October webinar, we focused on the connection between the plastic pollution crisis and environmental injustice around the world, where economically disadvantaged nations take in a larger share of the world’s trash, and manufacturing chemicals threaten predominantly Black and low-income communities.
We were joined by journalist Erica Cirino, author of a new book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis; Dr. Kerim Odekon, Environmental Justice Advocate & Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stony Brook University, New York, USA; and Dr. Sedat Gündoğdu, Associate Professor, Microplastic Research Group, Faculty of Fisheries, University of Cukurova, Turkey.
Over 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels, and greenhouse gases are emitted at every stage of the plastics life cycle. Yet, even as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that “climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying,” big brands like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé (including BlueTriton, formerly Nestlé Waters North America) are increasing their production of single-use plastics and packaging—driving a petrochemical expansion that threatens the global climate as well as communities and ecosystems around the world.
The September 2021 webinar featured Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, who discussed the nexus between plastic production and climate change, including the immense environmental justice impacts, and Graham Forbes, Global Project Leader of the Plastic-Free Future campaign at Greenpeace, who discussed Greenpeace USA’s new report, The Climate Emergency Unpacked: How Consumer Goods Companies are Fueling Big Oil’s Plastic Expansion. The panel was moderated by Jen Fela, Director of Communications at Plastic Pollution Coalition.
How can we stop plastic from polluting our most beautiful natural places? From trails to beaches, parks to playgrounds, and even protected areas—plastic is impacting the world’s most revered landscapes. During the August 25 webinar, we discussed efforts to truly honor nature by keeping plastic pollution out of it, including the campaign to urge U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to eliminate the sale and use of single-use plastics in U.S. national parks.
Lara Levison, Senior Director, Federal Policy, OCEANA
Sarah Barmeyer, Senior Managing Director, Conservation Programs, National Parks Conservation Association
Heather White, Founder & CEO, OneGreenThing and Executive Advisory Board Member, Plastic Pollution Coalition
The topic of menstruation is still considered taboo to discuss in many cultures, despite the fact that half of the people on our planet menstruate approximately every 28 days. During our July 28 webinar, Plastic Free Periods: Protecting Our Bodies & Preventing Plastic Pollution, we discussed the connections between plastic pollution, menstruation, and social change. Together, we learned from activists, experts and leaders about period justice and how to protect your body from toxic chemicals in products, while exploring the movements happening now around menstrual practices toward a more just, equitable world. This webinar was sponsored by Plastic Pollution Coalition member Natracare and in partnership with Coalition member Menstrual Cup Coalition.
Thanks to Coalition member Natracare for sponsoring the webinar!
Natracare pioneered the plastic-free, organic, and natural period product movement in the late 1980s. Their period products are made from renewable, biodegradable, and compostable materials. Unlike conventional brands, Natracare’s products won’t be polluting the earth for the next 500 years.
In the June 23 webinar, we discussed the injustice of disposable culture and how to move beyond plastic with Sasha Adkins, Lecturer at Loyola University Chicago and Author of From Disposable Culture to Disposable People: The Unintended Consequences of Plastics, Brittany Davis, Human-Environment Geographer and Independent Researcher, and Frankie Orona, Executive Director of Society of Native Nations.The webinar was moderated by Jackie Nuñez, Plastic Pollution Coalition’s Advocacy Program Manager, and Founder of The Last Plastic Straw.
The conversation centered around plastics, eco-facism, and the consequences of disposable culture on our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and to the planet—as well as how to find hope for our future.
In partnership with Fashion Revolution, during the April 14 webinar, we had an expansive conversation about the connection between plastic and fashion: from the way microplastics in clothing are polluting our air and water to the processing of synthetic materials and their toxic effects on garment workers as well as unintentional greenwashing in the industry. Armed with this knowledge, brands can do better business and stay true to their values while taking real action towards social and environmental justice.
Fashion Revolution Week (April 19-25, 2021) is designed for the global community to create a better fashion industry, and in 2021 will focus on the interconnectedness of human rights and the rights of nature. Their campaign will amplify unheard voices across the fashion supply chain and harness the creativity of the community to explore innovative and interconnected solutions.
Lauren Ritchie, Founder of The Eco Justice Project and PPC Youth Ambassador
Imari Walker Karega, Science Communicator & Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate, Duke University
Tahirah Hairston, Fashion & Beauty Director, Teen Vogue
During the March 31 webinar, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative Alan Lowenthal of California, Co-Sponsors of the historic Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPPA) of 2021, discussed the proposed legislation, with Moderator Judith Enck, former Obama Administration EPA Regional Administrator and Founder of Beyond Plastics. The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act builds on statewide laws across the United States and outlines plastic reduction strategies to improve the health of people and our planet.
Plastic Pollution Coalition’s February webinar focused on how plastics and endocrine-disrupting chemicals are contributing to decreasing sperm counts and other negative effects on human sexuality and fertility in both women and men.
The webinar was moderated by Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder & CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition, and panelists included: Shanna Swan, PhD, leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologist, and author of Count Down: How Our Modern World is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race, and Pete Myers, PhD, Founder and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences. The webinar took place on February 24, 2021.
During the January webinar, Dr. Phil Landrigan, leading epidemiologist and pediatrician, and Director of the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College, and Julia Cohen, who holds a Masters of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health, and is Plastic Pollution Coalition’s Co-Founder & Managing Director, discussed the latest findings from Dr. Landrigan’s new report Human Health and Ocean Pollution as well as how each of us can reduce exposure to plastic pollution and its toxic impacts. The webinar took place on January 27, 2021.
Are you concerned about the amount of plastic inside us, in our oceans, and in outer space? During our December 4th webinar, we discussed the impacts of and potential solutions to plastic pollution in the ocean, as well as in outer space. This special event is in partnership with the Conrad Foundation and the Conrad Challenge, which empowers students to change the world. The webinar was moderated by Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder & CEO at Plastic Pollution Coalition, with these esteemed panelists: Dr. Sylvia Earle, President & Chairman of Mission Blue and National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution.
During our November 18 webinar, we discussed the most effective campaigns to stop corporations from polluting the planet with single-use plastic. From global cleanups and brand audits hosted by Break Free From Plastic to campaigns scoring companies for their use of toxic PVC plastic and phthalates, there are projects happening near you, where you can add your voice. The webinar was moderated by Emily DiFrisco, Director of Communications at Plastic Pollution Coalition, and panelists included: Shilpi Chhotray, Global Communications Lead, Break Free From Plastic; Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign, Director Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Judith Enck, President, Beyond Plastics.
During our October 27 webinar, we discussed what the newest research is revealing about the pervasiveness and dangers of microplastics, and highlighted ways to reduce your exposure to microplastics as well as how to support legislation and policy change to make an impact. The webinar was moderated by Abby Barrows, Marine Scientist, and panelists included: Prigi Arisandi, Executive Director, Ecoton; Dr. Charles Rolsky, Postdoctoral student, Biodesign Institute, ASU & Plastic Oceans International, Director of Science, North America; and Thara Bening Sandrina, Captain, River Warrior.
During our September webinar, we discussed how youth activists and the youth movement are mobilizing for positive change for the planet on a policy level. Panelists talked about what they and their organizations are doing to change climate policy and ways youth activism is affecting local, state and federal governments to stop plastic pollution. The webinar was moderated by Hannah Testa, Founder of Hannah4Change, and panelists included: Dan Xie, Political Director, Student PIRGs; Xiye Bastida, Founder, Re-Earth Initiative and Abbigail Ramnarine, Activist, Bahamas Plastic Movement. The webinar took place on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
During our August webinar, we discussed ways to reduce plastic pollution during and after the pandemic. Panelists talked about how to prevent plastic pollution in your daily life, and advocate for local governments and businesses to help reduce plastic pollution during this unprecedented time. The webinar was moderated by Jackie Nuñez, Founder of The Last Plastic Straw and & Advocacy Program Manager, and panelists included: Eve Fox, Digital Director, Beyond Plastics; Cassia Patel, Program Director, Oceanic Global; and Lindsey Hoell, Co-Founder & CEO, Dispatch Goods. This webinar took place on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 5-6 p.m. ET.
During this webinar, we explored the effects of toxic chemicals and plastics on human health, and provided practical tips and tools for how to avoid plastic and make healthier choices. The presenters included: Latham Thomas, Maternity Wellness Expert, Founder, Mama Glow & Author of Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen, and Amy Ziff, Founder and Executive Director, MADE SAFE. The webinar was moderated by Julia Cohen, MPH Co-Founder & Managing Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition, and took place on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
Plastic Pollution Coalition hosted a webinar on June 25 to discuss the Plastic Free July movement and alternatives and solutions to single-use plastic in a conversation with Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Founder & Executive Director of Plastic Free July, and Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder & CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition. Speakers talked about the creation, evolution, and expansion of Plastic Free July and how we can collaborate for impact locally and globally to address and solve plastic pollution. Guest presenters included Shilpi Chhotray, Global Communications Lead, Break Free From Plastic and Young Grguras, U.S. Coordinator of Plastic Free Campuses of PLAN (The Post-Landfill Action Network). Plus, watch the video now of Tia Grazette, Founder of Le Good Society.