Take Action This Earth Day

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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Washington, DC – Plastic Pollution Coalition is an official Nominator for The Earthshot Prize—one of only 120 select organizations from around the world invited to submit nominations, chosen for the “ability to identify the most impactful solutions across all sectors, from grassroots to businesses.”

Launched November 1, The Earthshot Prize is the largest global environment prize in history, aiming to find and amplify solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems.

Together, the five Earthshots: ‘Protect and restore nature’, ‘Clean our air’, ‘Revive our oceans’, ‘Build a waste-free world’ and ‘Fix our climate’, aim to generate new ways of thinking, as well as scalable policies, solutions, systems and technologies.

We will be nominating individuals, communities, businesses and organizations from our global Coalition whose solutions can make the most progress towards achieving the five Earthshots – simple but ambitious goals which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come.

“We are honored to be Nominators for the prestigious Earthshot Prize” said Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition. “Solving the plastic pollution crisis has been our number one goal since our founding 11 years ago on the first 350.org day. With 5 winners receiving  £1 million each year over the next 10 years, we know the abundant solutions to our global plastic pollution crisis can be scaled. We look forward to nominating individuals, organizations, and businesses from among our Coalition of more than 1,200 member organizations and businesses from 75 countries, for serious consideration. Together we will  create a healthier, more just and equitable future for all on our home planet, Earth.”

The 5-stage prize process to select a winner for each Earthshot is as follows:

1. Nominations: Nominators will seek out solutions from across the globe that will help us reach the Earthshots.

2. Screening: Nominations will be screened as part of an independent assessment process run by Deloitte, the implementation partner.

3. Shortlist: A distinguished panel of experts will support the judging process, making recommendations to The Earthshot Prize Council.

4. Selection: Prince William and The Earthshot Prize Council will select five winners.

5. Awards: The winners of The Earthshot Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony, which will take place in different cities across the world each year between 2021 and 2030.

Prizes could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations—scientists, activists, economists, community projects, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries—anyone whose workable solutions make a substantial contribution to achieving the Earthshots.

After the awards, each winner will receive a global platform and prestigious profile, with their stories being showcased over the decade and the ambition that their solutions lead to mass adoption, replication and scaling. The £1 million in prize money will support environmental and conservation projects that are agreed with the winners. Shortlisted nominees will also be given tailored support and opportunities to help scale their work, including being connected with an ecosystem of like-minded individuals and organisations.

Learn more about The Earthshot Prize. 

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by Allie McAllister (Penn State University, Class of 2020, Environmental Studies major), with Professor Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, PPC Ambassador

When Penn State English professor and poet Julia Kasdorf challenged her undergraduate students to compose a poem based on a work of plastic art from the Plastic Entanglements exhibition at the university’s Palmer Museum of Art, she did it with a specific intention, both pedagogical and provocative. According to Kasdorf, “the dialogue between the visual and verbal arts is as old as Ancient Greece,” and she wanted her students “to see how looking hard at a work of art can enable them to make discoveries and write some of their own true poems.”

Kasdorf herself is a long-time environmentalist, particularly passionate about fracking, and of course the production of plastic is part of that story as well. The Plastic Entanglements was a framework for thinking about a different aspect of today’s petro-culture, and encountering the many dimensions of the crisis of plastic pollution as both an ecological crisis and as an ethical challenge.  

These four poems here are haunting literary transformations of art observation into personal meditation, emerging from a deep inner reflection of what it means to be human in the time of  “the Plasticene” period of our history (or more broadly, “the Anthropocene”). Each student presents a unique response to a chosen work, and thinks through the relationship between image and word. The poem complements the art work, and vice versa, while also drawing the reader/spectator through their own emotional and imaginative thought process. Writing and reading a poem about a work of art can push one past the passive “spectator” role, and beyond the apparent “face value” of the art work. The poet and reader, as spectators alike, experience how words conjured in the observing of the work can create imagery of their own, giving a shape to feelings, hopes, and fears about a damaged world.     

Take a look at these moving poems by Penn State undergraduates Will Campbell, Talley Kaser, Brandon Neal, and Megan Deam, whose reflections call into question the value of life and ecological balance, compared with imbalanced economics of materialism, and rampant consumerism. Kasdorf’s writing assignment is grounded in the belief that “the process of looking and thinking that produced these poems required a deep level of engagement with the work of art,” and she, like us, “hopes that readers of these poems will share that experience.”  

To a Dead Albatross, Will Carpenter

 (After Body Bag for Birds (Polyethylene Terephthalate / PET), 2013, by Marina Zurkow)

Funny isn’t it?

Isn’t it? Do you know

why we bother

to bag you up?

You will sustain us

like leftovers, plastic wrapped

in the refrigerator, recycled.

In just tens of millions

of years, you will be

oil, be useful.

All we ask

is that you decay

until the bag is no longer full

and wait for temperature

and pressure to work

their miracles.

The plastic inside you


The plastic enveloping you

remains — holds you close

as you decompose –and will do so

for over a thousand years,

ensuring you are not eaten,

displaced — wasted.

You may complain,

as you pool into black gold,

that your prospects

seem lackluster.

It’s true, we proffer only one solution


but let us assure you,

your possibilities are limitless:

you could fuel an oil tanker,

taxidermy a polar bear,

bind together a family of canned

sodas, soar in a hot air

Balloon, balloon into a five gallon water cooler spout into a mold for eyeglasses,

so don’t label us nearsighted.

Who knows?

Maybe you’ll even grow into

Another body bag for birds.

Albatross Ekphrasis, after Chris Jordan

By Talley Kaser

how unlike me

to look at a bird

and think of myself

and not the bird.

but still I wonder

which bright bits

stab jagged

through my even

Most silversoft lining. which

is the biggest bolus

drawing the eye


I am



my little brother

is a doctor. my little

brother cut open a person.

cadaver corpse — for a

full year he teased it

into pieces. he says

they start you with

the back. the face

comes last. the face

is difficult. one morning

he gently lifted

a bright now tie from

the neck of his

corpse. he walked the scrap

of plastic to the trash

then turned to his lab mates.

we’re not doing that

again. he says

they covered her

hands to hide the color

of her nails, which was too like

someone’s mother’s.


the photographer’s hands

(bare) teased from the

dark bile of the bird that stuff

which cut and

lodged and

crowded but never

fed and therefore

killed. the photographer scrubbed

each bright piece clean

and lay it back against

the opened body

riddle: my father

is like unto or not

the photographer


much of my mother

has been removed

but lucky she

remitted. I made

the mistake of googling

tumor. I am no doctor but

they don’t appear to come

in a wide variety

of colors. my mother

is farm-raised and

well bred. also uneasy.

and diseased. my mother

fed on food fresh

from the garden

which they sprayed

same as the cotton.


the birds swallowed

the bright bits on the sand, as they

have always done.

as they have always done,

they offered from the depths

of their bodies those same bits

and fed their children, tell me

what I’ve swallowed. tell me

how it’s killing me. given the chance

I would prefer to slough in the dirt

without particular color — no pink

clinging to my nails, no strange red

bulge collecting in my thigh, no evidence

of which stray memory choked

my growth or stunted flight,

which sadness I was fed

and ate. I would prefer

earth swarm what’s left:

an opened harmlessness,

soft, gnawable flesh

and clean, bright bits of bone.

Walden, by Brandon Neal  

In the woods

            Lies a pond deep and dark

It overtakes you

            Splashing through your eyes

Drizzling through the filtered

            Cracks in your skin

It calls to you.

Each step you take

            Flows into the next

You Sweep along

            All the mud choked reeds

And plastic

            And cigarette butts

You crash.

Into this world

Where children sleep in their beds

With your icy soft words

You fill their lungs

With the entangled mess

Of everything that you


They choke. 

Origin of Species, by Megan Deam

(After Institute for Marine Invertebrates, Mark Dion)

I see the irony:

Crustaceans crowned at the bottom of the ocean,

tucked under plastic eyes, rubber toys


with deathless colors

History — do we want to go down like this?

Will we be remembered as murderers?

Poachers of natural landscapes?

Our cabinets of curiosities are landfills

what we’ve collected in our

anthropomorphic thirst.

And we will continue to temporarily quench

our needs

while permanently infiltrating

the sands




            Breathing in our scrap

We will discard our excess,

extra expensive

exotic and erotic

aphrodisiacs turned abstract


man-saved, manmade, once again

coral contamination

fluorescent fossils 

Preserved in their own synthetic

man makes us think there are no consequences.

We present our trash on shelves and make it a trophy.

Have we won?

We’ve only taken

the prize

so durable,


Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials features sixty works of art from thirty international artists who are exploring both the nature of plastic as a material, the role of plastic in our world and its implications, and finally how art can be used as a form of science communication.  Proposed by PPC ambassador and Penn State professor Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, and co-curated along with the Palmer Museum of Art’s curator, Joyce Robinson, and New School assistant professor Heather Davis, the exhibition has finished its four-month run at Penn State, as well as a second run at the University of Oregon. It is currently showing at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. through July 2019. It travels finally to the University of Wisconsin, opening in fall 2019. For questions about the exhibition, contact Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, jaw55@psu.edu.

Father’s Day is coming up quickly, and you might be looking forward to spending quality time with dad, or you might be looking for the perfect gift to say “thanks, Pops!” to the eco-minded fathers in your life. Check out our Plastic-Free Father’s Day Gift Guide to get some ideas!

Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic is an online store with a large selection of items that help people eliminate plastic from their lives.

Fountain Pen – This stainless steel fountain pen is both elegant and durable, making it the perfect replacement for the hundreds of disposable plastic pens that might otherwise be used in a lifetime. If the dad you are celebrating this Father’s Day is a fan of handwritten communication, this is a great gift for him!

Stainless Steel Folding Spork – This gift is great for dads who want to ditch plastic cutlery but would rather not carry a full utensil set everywhere. The foldable spork is compact, versatile, and easy to clean, making it perfect for dads on-the-go. He can stash it in his pocket and be on his way.

Stainless steel flask – Another Father’s Day gift idea from Life Without Plastic is this stainless steel flask. This classic flask easily slides into a jacket or pants pocket and can replace thousands of single-use on-the-go containers! The small rectangle on the front right corner is also perfect for personalization if you want to make this gift extra special.

Wild Minimalist

Wild Minimalist is an online story for people who are striving to live a plastic-free, zero waste lifestyle. They offer a wide range of plastic-free items that are perfect for the eco-minded dads in your life. 

Double Edge Safety Razor Kit – This safety razor kit has everything the important papas in your life need to make the switch to a zero waste shaving routine. This high quality kit is great for using at home or on the go. Think of how many single-use plastic razors can be kept out of the environment with this nifty kit.


S’well is a company that makes a range of elegant and durable water bottles and other drinking vessels. Not only can you feel good about keeping plastic water bottles out of landfills when you give the gift of S’well, you can also feel good knowing that they are a proud partner of UNICEF and they have committed $1.7 million since 2007 to help provide clean and safe drinking water to the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Teakwood Shaker SetDo you know a dad who needs to up his at-home bar game? This teakwood cocktail set is the perfect gift for him! It comes with an insulated stainless steel shaker, jigger, and two 10oz tumblers.

Personalized water bottle – If you know a dad who is guilty of going through dozens of single-use plastic water bottles, a great way to get him to make the switch to a reusable bottle is to give him a reusable sleek statement bottle with his name on it!


BuyMeOnce is an online store dedicated to selling quality products that really last. In a world where so many products are meant to break or wear out, BuyMeOnce is all about offering items that (you guessed it!) you only need to buy once.

Men’s Boot Socks – Most dads love a good sock, but almost all dads love a sock with a lifetime guarantee. Made from high quality merino wool, these toughies are made with an extremely high loop count per square inch, making them incredible durable and efficient at wicking away moisture.

Icon Lifesaver

LifeSaver makes portable water purifiers that provide the ultimate protection for traveling, hiking, camping, overlanding, and emergency preparedness.

Liberty Lifesaver – This portable water filter is the perfect gift for the outdoors-y dad in your life. Compact and efficient at removing 99.99% of viruses and bacteria, this gift has the power to replace tons of plastic water bottles.


Looptworks is a business with a clear mission: to only make things using what already exists. They repurpose and upcycle pre-consumer and post-consumer materials into useful products.

Moto Trifold Wallet – This elegant wallet is made from upcycled motorcycle jacket leather, which makes it perfect for the chopper-lovin’ plasticplasitc-free fathers in your life!

Donate to Plastic Pollution Coalition in his name – Let’s face it–some dads just don’t need more stuff. Maybe the eco-minded papa in your life is already totally equipped! If that’s the case, consider giving him the gift of a donation to PPC in his name. It will surely make him proud to know that you have thought of him with a gift that will help future generations to come.