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|Sector||City||State||Country||How are commitments being met?|
|San Francisco Department of the Environment||San Francisco||California||USA||Approved New Bag Reduction Ordinance: A minimum 10 cent charge on Paper Checkout bags and Compostable Checkout bags applicable to all retailers in SF starting October 1st, 2012, Food Service and Restaurants starting October 1st, 2013. This legislation is expanded from our 2007 Plastic Bag Ordinance|
|Seventh Generation Advisors||Santa Monica||California||USA||The mission of Seventh Generation Advisors is to put into modern practice the ancient Native American philosophy that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.|
|MacDonald Productions & Sea Pulse Films||Santa Monica||California||USA||Over the last ten years, with support and assistance from his wife Susan (herself an accomplished undersea photographer and researcher), Bill has produced many marine awareness videos. Recent productions Include: Diving Promotional for the Manta Ray Bay Resort (2005 2010), Kungkungan Bay Resort (1996 to 2010), Thalassa Manado (2007 to 2010) and Sorido Resort in Raja Ampat , Indonesia (2008). In the year 2000 we produced Bizarre Denizens of the Lembeh Straits that is still popular today. In 2000 we began to work with Captain Charles Moore and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation to document the unfortunate build-up of marine debris in the world ocean, and produced a signature film: Synthetic Sea that soon became a series. Our Synthetic Sea won an award for excellence at the Santa Cruz Environmental Film Festival. Synthetic Sea has been translated into Japanese and Spanish. The Synthetic Sea Story (2006) is a 30 minute overview of the state of the art in marine debris issues.|
|Urban GreenSpace||Sydney||New South Wales||Australia||An edible garden design company specializing in nutrient cycling rooftop and limited space gardens for restaurants, residential and companies. Business aim is to reuse every plastic item that comes into the production line and encourage restaurant clients to consider the use of drinking straws and other waste stream and properly separate recyclables.|
|ChicoBag Company||Chico||California||USA||We are helping humanity kick the single-use bag habit with our reusable bags that are designed to be unforgettable.|
|Feed The Green Canteen||Longwood||Florida||USA||A family business to reduce the amount of plastic people use everyday by offering stainless steel water bottles. The company gives to charities that protect and heal the marine life.|
|Ecorite Imaging||Takoma Park||Maryland||USA||Ecorite Imaging is the prime source for a new line of biodegradable plastic substrates for printing of displays, signage and point of purchase advertisements. Our materials completely biodegrade — in landfills, water or any other environment — within 7 years at most. This biodegradability means that our plastic materials will never pollute the environment, unlike recyclable plastic, 90% of which is never recycled in actuality.|
|Sailbags Maui||Haiku||Hawai’i||USA||We are committed to saving unwanted and unusable nylon kite surf sails from our islands’ finite landfills and giving them a second life by recycling them into light, playful, one of a kind Sailbags!|
|Environmental Recycling Technologies plc||Oxford||Oxon||UK||Environmental Recycling Technologies plc (ERT) is a leading developer of innovative technologies specifically focusing on plastic waste recycling. The company holds the worldwide intellectual property rights to the Powder Impression Moulding (PIM) Process.
The ERT PIM process allows businesses to improve their environmental footprint by adding new value to mixed plastic waste streams by conversion into viable lucrative products, which in turn can be recycled at the end of their life.
We believe that manufacturers, the Waste Management Industry and Governments are constantly seeking new and innovative approaches to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.
|Natural Resources Defense Council||San Francisco||California||USA||NRDC works to advance laws and policies, such as Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging, which curb marine plastic pollution in the U.S. and beyond.|
|Heal the Bay||Santa Monica||California||USA||Today, the greatest threats to our coastal waters and watersheds, and to all of us – both human and animal – that rely on the ocean for pleasure, income or sustenance, come from urban and stormwater runoff, plastic pollution, and the ever-increasing stresses to our marine environment from over-fishing and climate change. To meet these challenges, Heal the Bay continues to partner with you and thousands of your neighbors in southern California through community action programs such as Nothin’ But Sand and Coastal Cleanup Day and through advocacy efforts to move municipal, state and Federal government and regulatory agencies to act in our collective interests. We couldn’t meet our challenges without the help of local businesses, community leaders, grassroots activists, and our dedicated volunteers and supporters across Los Angeles County and beyond.|
|5 Gyres Institute||USA||Our mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the worlds oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.|
|Algalita Marine Research Institute||Long Beach||California||USA||You may know about Algalita; we have been a consistent resource of accurate information about the accumulation of plastic in our oceans since the late ’90′s. Our founder, Captain Charles Moore, is credited with the discovery of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Our vision is a global envrionmnet that is healthy, sustainable, and productive for all living creatures, free from plastic pollution.
We are dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education and restoration. We conduct research and collaborative studies on the distribution, abundance and fate of marine plastic pollution, harmful effects of plastics, including transference of toxics and their impact on human health.
We provide authoritative, educational findings to scientists, the general public, governmental agencies, and the private sector. Algalita collaborates with organizations working toward restoring the aquatic environment by reducing and ultimately eliminating plastic pollution.
|The Aspen Institute Catto Fellows||Washington, DC||USA|
|Surfrider Foundation||San Clemente||California||USA||Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.|
|Plastic Pollution Coalition||Worldwide||Worldwide projects to reduce the plastic footprint of school and university campuses; events and communities. Working with entrepreneurs on innovative solutions to reducing plastic pollution at the source. Inspiring personal behavior change towards reusable and durable materials, and away from disposable plastics.|
|California Coastal Coalition||Encinitas||California||USA||The California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast) is a non-profit advocacy group comprised of 35 coastal cities; five counties; SANDAG, BEACON and SCAG; private sector partners and NGOs, committed to protecting and restoring California’s coastline through beach sand restoration, increasing the flow of natural sediment to the coast, wetlands recovery, improved water quality, watershed management and the reduction of marine debris and plastic pollution.|
|Bag It||USA||Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes-single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? Jeb looks beyond plastic bags and discovers that virtually everything in modern society-from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care products-is made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process. When Jeb’s journey takes a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.|
|Green Sangha||Oakland||California||USA||Green Sangha is dedicated to restoring our sense of oneness healing our communities and the earth through mindful practice and awakened action. Inspired, awake individuals with a commitment to service deeply affect everything and everyone they touch. We aim to: 1) raise awareness of the interdependence of humans and our environment; 2) inspire mindfulness in daily lifestyle choices; and 3) catalyze systemic change in business practices and government policies.|
|Save Our Shores||Santa Cruz||California||USA||Over the last 30 years, Save Our Shores has been responsible for key accomplishments such as preventing offshore oil drilling in Central Coast waters, helping to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, preventing local cruise ship pollution, and bringing together diverse stakeholders to find common solutions to ocean issues. Today we focus on educating youth about our watersheds, tackling plastic pollution on our beaches and rivers, advocating for plastic-free communities, managing Annual Coastal Cleanup Day in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, running our nationally renowned DockWalker program, and providing our community with educated and inspired Sanctuary Stewards!|
|Earth Resource Foundation||Costa Mesa||California||USA||Founded in 1999, Earth Resource Foundation (ERF) is an environmental educational non-profit organization developed to empower the general public with the resources needed to make environmentally sustainable choices and changes.|
|California Coastkeeper Alliance||San Francisco||California||USA||Founded in 1999, California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA) is a non-profit organization that coordinates, supports and enhances the work of local California Waterkeepers to ensure Californians enjoy clean water and a healthy coast. CCKA began as coalition of Southern California Waterkeepers, and it has since expanded along the entire coast, up to the Oregon border. CCKA and its member Waterkeepers represent the only statewide-local partnership focused on the health of the state’s waters and coastal and marine ecosystems. Coordinating on-the-ground work at the community level with policy work at the statewide level, CCKA protects and expands upon the advances made by place-based Waterkeepers by advocating before state decision-makers on water-related issues important to Californias communities.|
|Ocean Recovery Alliance||USA & Hong Kong||The focus of the Ocean Recovery Alliance is to bring together new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations in order to introduce innovative projects and initiatives that will help improve our ocean environment. This includes creating business opportunities for local communities when applicable, in order to address some of the pressing issues that our ocean faces today.|
|As You Sow||Oakland||California||USA||Founded in 1992, As You Sow promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. Our efforts create large-scale systemic change by establishing sustainable and equitable corporate practices.|
|Californians Against Waste||Sacramento||California||USA||Founded in 1977, Californians Against Waste is a non-profit environmental research and advocacy organization that identifies, develops, promotes and monitors policy solutions to pollution and conservation problems posing a threat to public health and the environment. Californians Against Waste’s history has demonstrated it to be the nation’s oldest, largest and most effective non-profit environmental organization advocating for the implementation of waste reduction and recycling policies and programs.|
|The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education||Oakland||California||USA||COARE was founded and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our vision is a world where our oceans are respected by all humankind. A world where everyone strives for a sustainable and harmonious relationship with the ocean and its creatures and where individuals, businesses, and governments encourage one another to continually make conscious and informed decisions.|
|Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii||Hawai’i||USA||Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) focused on large-scale beach cleanups, including bulky or unusual marine debris removal, and we are also very active in community education regarding the impact and minimization of single-use plastics. Our mission is “inspiring local communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups of the Hawaiian Islands.” We speak in local grade schools, partner with other organizations to raise awareness of ocean pollution, and work with various partners to recycle and repurpose much of the marine debris we collect. We also organize low-impact, family-friendly concerts and community events following our cleanups to promote collaboration and sharing of conservation ideas.|
|Clean Water Action||Washington, DC||USA||Clean Water Action is a one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Our goals include clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems.|
|Plastic Oceans Foundation||London||UK||The Plastic Oceans Foundation is a registered United Kingdom Charity (Number 1139843). We are dedicated to protecting and improving the environment. Through a wide range of activities the Foundation will educate, provide a resource base for study and research, campaign for improvements in legislation and policy, raise funds for the development of solutions and develop a worldwide integrated social media network aimed at achieving the mission.|
|Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative||Sydney||New South Wales||Australia||Take 3 is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2009 that aims to raise awareness of marine debris by encouraging each visitor to the beach, waterway or…anywhere to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave. We also encourage everyone to reduce their unnecessary plastic consumption – and make our lives a little less plastic!|
|The Angel Frequency||Los Angeles||California||USA|
|Sea Turtle Restoration Project||Olema||California||USA||The Sea Turtle Restoration Project has led the Bag the Plastics campaign for over six years and has championed local and regional ordinances to ban disposable plastic bags and bottles, leads watershed and beach cleanups for direct action to stop plastic pollution from entering the ocean, and provides re-usable cotton shopping bags to members as an alternative to plastic bags. Take action at http://www.seaturtles.org/plastics!|
|Environmental Performance||Salford||Lancashire||England||Produce and practice New Genre Public Art based in Green Theory Politics. It consists in raising peoples consciousness about ecological issues through which I have termed environmental performances.|
|TerraNature||Auckland||New Zealand||Creating public awareness of plastic pollution, encouraging consumers to choose food in glass containers over plastic containers, and influencing government regulation banning the use of disposable plastic shopping bags, non-recyclable containers, and product packaging harmful to human health.|
|New Ocean Blue||Carlsbad||California||USA||By involving younger generations and assisting other organizations, New Ocean Blue educates people about the oceans garbage patches, uses grassroots tactics to eliminate unnecessary plastic pollution, and promotes the use of reusable materials.|
|Global Youth Empowering Movement||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Empowering youth to take action and help the environment.|
|gARTbage||Coronado||California||USA||I am an artist and my media is marine debris, specifically plastics that I remove from the beaches of Southern California. I have worked with several local schools, SEALIFE Aquarium, The Living Coast Discovery Center, Surfrider’s RAP program, Algalita Foundation, New Ocean Blue and more. I attended the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu in 2011. My commitment is in educating children and adults through art and presentations about ocean pollution and introducing alternatives to single-use plastics. Thanks for all you do, together we can find solutions.|
|International Bird Rescue||Long Beach||California||USA||As one of the world’s leading seabird rehabilitation organizations, International Bird Rescue sees the effects of marine plastic pollution on the micro-level every day. Plastic bags, monofilament fishing line, hard plastic refuse all these types of pollution have a severe impact on the health and viability of our coastal and waterfowl bird species. We’re committed to becoming a part of the solution.|
|Waranu Water||Sydney||New South Wales||Australia||We are committed and dedicated to fighting for the elimination of the sale of plastic water bottles; starting in Australian cafe’s, bar’s and restaurants.
We understand the demand for pure drinking water so provide water filtration systems that completely remove the need for bottled water.
We also donate a direct cut of our profits to water projects in developing communities.