Conversation for the Future at the Global Futures Conference

September 20, 2022 , 9:30 am 5:00 pm EDT

As part of Climate Week 2022, join Plastic Pollution Coalition Youth Ambassador Xiye Bastida for the panel “Conversation for the Future at the Global Futures Conference with youth leaders Sophia Kianni, founder and executive director, Climate Cardinals; and Natalia da Silveira Arruda, YouthMappers Regional Ambassador, Everywhere She Maps for Brazil and Colombia and PhD student. Moderated by Justin Worland, senior correspondent, TIME.

About the Global Futures Conference: “Co-convened by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory™ at Arizona State University and the Earth League, GF22 will bring together members of the public and private sectors, scientists, youth and activists from around the globe to formulate a bold and actionable agenda to push the boundaries of discourse on what can and must be done now. This will not be a passive forum. It is an opportunity to shape the agenda for governments, corporations and multilateral institutions. Conference leaders will publish and promote a roadmap that outlines the far-reaching, crucial solutions developed at this conference–solutions that are simultaneously ambitious and achievable.”

In person at the Javits Center in New York City. Registration is now closed.

Company Sets a Higher Standard for the Health & Beauty Industry 

By Joshua Scott Onysko, Founder and CEO of Pangea Organics

Last year, my organic body- and skincare company Pangea Organics went plastic free! While many health and beauty businesses are still wrapping their products in plastics, at Pangea we have transitioned to recyclable aluminum and glass, and compostable wood pulp. We mark our products with a small sea turtle icon, indicating they are completely plastic free, and thus compatible with #LifeAfterPlastic.

Inspired by Sea Turtles

My connection to sea turtles is personal: When I was 19 years old, I moved to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to work with a conservation team on the Caribbean coast, and we’d stay up all night to guard egg-laying sea turtles, protecting them from poachers. I’ve also been a longtime scuba diver and seeing plastic pollution in our oceans entangling the inhabitants was (and still is) devastating to me.

Sea turtles are harmed by plastic items people use everyday, including plastic packaging and other single-use plastic products like straws, face masks, and bags. Plastic is a physical danger to sea turtles, causing entanglement and entrapment, and choking and bodily blockages. But plastic is also a chemical danger to sea turtles, exposing them to a constant stream of toxic chemicals, with which plastic is made and which leach out into nature and living bodies.

Our Transition to Plastic-Free Packaging

At Pangea, we hold ourselves to a standard of continuously raising the bar to push for real change in the beauty industry. Over the past year, we transitioned Pangea (as well as our sister brand, Alpine Provisions) to completely plastic-free packaging to hold our organic, fairly sourced, and cruelty free body- and skincare products. 

The transition to plastic-free packaging was a significant investment for us to make, and we have paid attention to every detail—down to the custom aluminum cap on our tubes. The caps are a first-to-market innovation, two-and-a-half years in the making. All of our secondary packaging is also fully recyclable and/or compostable; the molded fiber clamshells used on all our glass bottles are made of wood pulp and completely compostable.

The Problem with Plastics

In my opinion, every company should be working to eliminate plastics from their businesses. More than 400 million metric tons of new plastic are produced globally each year. Instead of being truly recycled, about 79% of plastic has been historically dumped in landfills and the natural environment, about 12% has been burned (incinerated), and much plastic is shipped “away” to become someone else’s problem. Most often, plastic waste is sent to BIPOC, rural, or low-income communities. Plastic is not truly recycled like other materials: We need to refill, reuse, repair, share, and enact and enforce legislation that holds the plastics and petrochemical industries accountable for the pollution they have created.

Building an Eco-Conscious Company

It’s been my lifelong dream to build a health and beauty brand with the highest quality clean ingredients, and support small organic farmers around the world. When I was young, my mom kept a coffee-table book about organic ingredients. One day, it inspired us to make a small batch of organic soaps by hand together, out of our garage. We started selling the soaps in our local farmers markets, and to our delight, they continually sold out.

This organic soap making experience led me to start researching the health and beauty industry, and I decided to travel the world. On these travels, I began to build relationships and a vast network of organic farmers in over 50 regions. After two years of traveling, I knew the business I wanted to build needed to support small, organic, regenerative farms with fair labor practices.

Meaningful change can start with making one informed, conscious decision. I want to inspire all industries to put the Earth and our health ahead of profit and start to rethink and redesign how we package our products. And I want consumers to know that they can be empowered by their choices, including the purchase of high quality health and beauty products that do not contain toxins or plastics. 

How You Can Help

People can be a part of solutions by investing in reusable, refillable, and truly recyclable plastic-free products. Give Pangea a try! We hope consumers and brands alike will join us in our #LifeAfterPlastic mission. We are strongly aligned with the work of Plastic Pollution Coalition, and are proud Plastic Pollution Coalition Business Members. We know change starts with information and education, and people who are passionate about a cause.

This World Turtle Day, we’re bringing attention to the sea turtle icon we place on our plastic-free packaging as a way for us to educate and encourage conversations about the impacts of plastic pollution, which are vast. Not only do plastics harm turtles, but all life on Earth. It’s more important now than ever before to make safe, healthy, and affordable plastic-free products widely available. Pangea, our name, is symbolic of our vision: Bringing the world back together again.


To make it easier for consumers to find eco-friendly businesses, Yelp announced today it has partnered with Plastic Pollution Coalition to bring new searchable attributes onto the Yelp platform, including “Plastic-free packaging,” “Provides reusable tableware,” “Bring your own container allowed,” “Compostable containers available,” and “EV charging station available.”

Yelp users can find the sustainability attributes on business pages listed under the “Amenities and more” section on or the “Info” section in Yelp’s iOS or Android app, as well as highlighted on business listings in applicable search results.

The new Yelp sustainability attributes will allow people to more easily find eateries, bars, and cafes that are plastic free and support our values of thriving communities and a healthy, livable planet. We’re grateful Yelp is using its platform in this way and we’re excited the new attributes will help more sustainable businesses stand out for their green practices.

Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition
Eco-friendly-Attributes-on-iOS_Restaurants Yelp

In addition to the new eco-friendly attributes, existing relevant attributes, such as “Bike parking” and “Vegan,” will also be searchable and highlighted in Yelp search results and business pages. 

Business owners can add the new attributes to their Yelp Page for free by logging into their Yelp for Business account and editing their “Business Information” section. Yelp is also surveying consumers to inform these attributes through the “Update the community” questions on Yelp business pages.

Helping Businesses Become More Sustainable

Yelp is also introducing a new Sustainability Resource Hub for businesses to help provide business owners with the tools they need to implement eco-friendly practices. The hub provides access to information from environmental nonprofits including Plastic Pollution Coalition, along with Coalition members and partners Upstream, Reusable LA, Surfrider Foundation, ReThink Disposable, and Food Rescue Hero.

Yelp’s collection of resources provides tools to help businesses effectively communicate to consumers how they’re giving back to the environment, learn how to adopt more sustainable business practices, and get inspired by the efforts of other local businesses like theirs. 

Plastic Pollution Coalition’s Plastic-Free Eateries Guide is another helpful resource for businesses looking to shift away from single-use plastic and toward better options.

Meeting Consumer Demand for More Eco-Friendly Options

Yelp reports that users are increasingly looking for more eco-friendly options on the platform, saying searches for “plant based” have increased an average of 56% each year from 2018 to 2021, and searches for “EV charging” have increased an average of 41% each year. 

Today more than ever, consumers are seeking businesses that prioritize sustainability to help reduce their environmental harm. Adopting more eco-friendly business practices and consumer habits have never been more important, which is why we’re working with Plastic Pollution Coalition and others to double down on our commitment to sustainability this Earth Day.

Akhil Kuduvalli Ramesh, VP of Consumer Product at Yelp

More resources for restaurant owners

Yelp for Restaurants highlights industry-focused content for restaurant owners interested in sustainability. With the launch of new eco-friendly attributes in April 2022, Yelp also hosted a virtual Town Hall featuring the Sustainable Development Goal 2 Advocacy Hub.

Photo by Adam Amegual

This month we are gearing up for Plastic Free July—one of our favorite times of year. Read on for the latest news and ways to get involved at the global and local level in the Plastic Free July movement from our Coalition members around the world.

We invite you to join us for our upcoming webinar on Wednesday, July 28, Plastic Free Periods: Protecting Our Bodies & Preventing Plastic Pollution,where we will discuss the connections between plastic pollution, menstruation, and social change.

Happy Plastic Free July!


Watch ‘Humanity’s Impact’
Did you know that globally, we produce about 1 million plastic bottles every minute? What does that look like? Watch the new PSA on InstagramFacebook, or YouTube and sign the petition to Coca-Cola here.

Global: Reopen with Reuse
Join Plastic Pollution Coalition members and allies in calling on restaurants, festivals, and national parks to reopen with reuse. Food service businesses already require strict safety standards to make sure reusables are sanitized, so let’s make our voices heard. Add your name. Plus, join the Reuse Rally on July 1.


Here’s a roundup of the latest news and updates from Coalition members. We want to hear from you! Please send us your updates.











It’s World Oceans Day, and we are spotlighting our Coalition member Pirani Life, a company on a mission to end single-use and help everyone party sustainably. We spoke with Pirani Life’s founders Brandegee Pierce and Danielle Del Sordo to learn more about the story behind their reusable cups and tumblers.

How have you seen your beaches change over the years growing up in South Florida? 

Being on this beautiful planet and in South Florida 35 years, we’ve seen a steady increase of coral reef bleaching, eroding coastlines, and trash scattered across the sand and in the ocean from both littering beach goers as well as marine debris that washes ashore after storms and on a regular basis.  Brandegee on his 30th birthday was stuck with a needle that washed up on the beach (fortunately after a doctor’s visit, there was no issues but still really scary!)  Sadly, it got to a point where I (Danielle) could no longer go on a jog in the sand without getting infuriated with all the trash on my path.  It would end up turning into a cleanup vs a peaceful workout. We became a part of the #LitterFreeFlorida movement filled with organizations and individuals who are cleaning the coast on weekly and often daily basis, educating beach goers, students and citizens of South Florida to do better, choose reusables and take action for a better planet. 

We have recently expanded to the mountains in Asheville NC, where we see significantly less trash, and different types of litter, although it still exists and all streams lead to the sea.  We can see why not seeing trash directly entering our oceans could be a disconnect for people to think that it’s not that big of a deal to change their lifestyle and choose reusables over single use.  That’s why we are here to continue to create awareness!

How did you come up with the Pirani Party Tumbler?

Stepping outside of our comfort zones was never a challenge for us. We are designers with a passion to make a difference. In 2013, we quit our Corporate America careers in Industrial Design (Brandegee) and Costume Design (Danielle) to travel the world. We lived out of a backpack for 18 months looking for inspiration to start up an eco-friendly company together. Ideas ranged from sustainable swimwear to a healthy food truck, and the list can go on. Fast forward 6.5 years and Pirani Life was born!

Most of our sports take place in the ocean, and we were lucky enough to live one block from it. As South Florida native water babies living an active outdoor lifestyle, we grew tired of seeing litter scattered across our beautiful beaches. One of the biggest offenders was always that iconic red party cup. This fueled Brandegee to design the first vacuum insulated version of it. After countless 3D-printed prototypes created in our home studio (a.k.a. the living room), he was determined to create the last party cup you will ever need and help put a stop to the billions of single-use plastic cups that are tossed every year.

Pirani’s mission is to empower everyday heroes in safeguarding our planet through raising eco-awareness and creating sustainable solutions.  The biggest sense of accomplishment is when people tell us that through our messaging and brand, we made them think twice about using single-use items.  

What does #PartySustainably mean to you?

#PartySustainably is what makes Pirani Life, Pirani. We want the party to carry on without the waste we’ve seen in order to take better care of our beaches, forests, and the planet as a whole. You may see #PartySustainably and wonder where to even begin. Honestly, it’s anything that involves living the good life and taking better care of the environment to help the lives of others and for generations to come. To Party Sustainably means thinking about what you can do better to live your best life without relying on single-use plastics or overlooking picking up after yourself during a good time.

What plastic-free living tips do you have that people might not have thought of?

At Pirani Life, we like to spread the message that living sustainably is not about being perfect and every small action makes a difference.  Here are some of our favorite ways to #LiveSustainably at Pirani Life:

·      Forgot your reusable bags?  Wheel your groceries out of the store and bag at the car!

·      Got your favorite pho takeout but it comes in plastic?  Keep the container and use it as Tupperware!  Giving plastic a second, third, or fourth life is much better than single-use!

·      Don’t be shy!  Ask every barista, bartender, smoothie or juice maker to pour in your Pirani!  You will be surprised at how many say yes.

·      Don’t “Wishcycle”  and NEVER RECYCLE THIN FILM PLASTIC! We spent some time visiting recycling plants and the most important thing we learned is recycling will never be viable if its cost outweighs the benefit.  Thin film plastic like shopping bags clogs facilities and increases the cost of recycling a lot.

We can go on and on with this list, but those are our top 4!

If you could tell the world one message about plastic pollution, what would it be?

Imperfection in masses is better then perfection by a niche group.  Although we respect the zero-waste community a ton, the cold hard truth is the vast majority of people on this planet will never be zero waste.  Instead of shaming people for using a straw, commend them for using a Pirani Tumbler 😁 or a reusable bag or skipping the plastic water bottle.  Eventually as this message disseminates to the youth, we will hopefully have an overwhelming majority of people that care for this planet and be in powerful positions to make legislative and corporate decisions that are needed to improve the health of our beautiful and hopefully forgiving planet.

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Our Coalition members are honoring Earth Day, Thursday April 22, with events and activations around the world. Read on for the latest news and ways to get involved wherever you live on our blue planet.


Take Action: Reopen with Reuse

Join Plastic Pollution Coalition members and allies in calling on restaurants, festivals, and national parks to reopen with nontoxic reuse! We know that foodservice businesses already require strict food safety standards to make sure reusables are sanitized and safe, so let’s make our voices heard. Add your name. 

Support the U.S. Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

Tell your U.S. Members of Congress to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021. Send a letter. 

Organizations: Sign Our Letter to Amazon

Join 100 organizations in signing this letter to Amazon telling the e-commerce giant to go plastic-free. Sign now.



Watch The Story of Plastic: An Animated Short

Unwoven: Phasing Plastic Out of Fashion

Break Down: Explaining the U.S. Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021

Sex, Gender, and Endocrine Disruption

Plastics: The Last Straw for Big Oil? An Investor Brief on the Risks of Overinvestment in Petrochemicals 

2021 Conrad Virtual Innovation Summit April 28-30

Sign Up

Fashion Revolution Week April 19-25

Earth Day Live 2021 with Earth Day Network

P&P Live! Hannah Testa ‘Taking On The Plastics Crisis’ with Xiye Bastida


The Zero Waste Chef Cookbook By Anne-Marie Bonneau

Imagine It! A Handbook For A Happier Planet By Laurie David and Heather Reisman

From Data to Change: A Guide to Impactful Brand Audit Campaigning

United Nations Environment Programme and Azul Launch Report on the Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution

Fossil Fuel Racism: How Phasing Out Oil, Gas, and Coal Can Protect Communities


Stop Corporate Plastic Pollution in South Africa

Calling on the East Africa Community to Implement Legislation to Ban Single-Use Plastic (Beyond Bags) 


Read: Plastic Atlas Asia Edition


Read ‘Buried in Plastic’ Report


Read: Malaysia Sends Back Over 300 Containers of Illicit Plastic Waste


Learn: Vietnam’s Plastic-Free Island


Watch the Video Trailer for Pulau Plastik by Visinema Pictures

Watch the New Ecoton Webinar with River Warrior and Break Free From Plastic 


Join Fashion Revolution Week 19-25 April

Read: Plastic Waste Trade Manifesto in Europe

Watch: ‘Plastic Cup’ Views from Hungary, Films Curated by International Nature Film Festival, Gödöllőening



Can I Recycle This? A Guide to Better Recycling and Reducing Single-Use Plastics By Jennie Romer 

New Seasons and New Leaf Aim for Single-Use Water Bottle Elimination by Earth Day

The Surfrider Foundation Releases Interactive Map of U.S. Plastic Reduction Policies

Take Action

Enter the Earth Day Plastic Pollution Meme Contest

California: Tell Governor Gavin Newsom to Make Foodware Accessories Upon Request

Join or Support the Less Cancer ‘Bike Ride America’ June 5 – July 5

Sign Up: Right to Repair and the Road to Zero Waste on April 20

Register: The American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2021), Celebrating its 10th Year April 27-29

Sign Up: Texas Plastics Summit May 4

Take the Plastic Bag Pledge on Earth Day with Inland Ocean Coalition

Join Power Shift 2021, A Massive Youth Convergence Taking Place Virtually April 16-25

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