REGIONAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

UPSTREAM Sparks innovative solutions to plastic pollution and brings people together to transform our throw-away society to a culture of stewardship. UPSTREAM envisions a world without plastic pollution and empowers business, community, and people to imagine and co-create this future with us. 

PlasticBagLaws.org Founded by Jennie Romer, a New York based Attorney. Website provides legislators and advocates critical informabout about how to approach plastic bag policies across US jurisdictions. Jennie Romer also provides personal consulting.

As You SowNon Profit leader in promoting environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies.

National Council of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) Useful resource for individuals exploring policy options involving plastic bans and restriction legislation.

Californians Against Waste (CAW) California organization that protects and advocates for California’s Environment through policy change and development to eliminate waste statewide. Good resource for relevant legislation and bills that have been proposed, passed and vetoed.

5 Gyres Great resource for individuals looking to research plastic pollution – serves as a hub of information ranging from global to region specific topics all revolving around plastic.

MassGreen Useful resource for navigating bag taxes, plastic pollution, alternatives to plastic and legislation in MA.

Break Free From Plastic Focuses their campaign on prevention rather than a cure for plastic consumption and pollution. Serves as a guide to relevant reports and resources.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment Provides citizens with the resources to move their communities off plastic and to learn more about state legislation in Conn and New York. Good resource for communities or individuals researching the negative environmental impacts our lifestyle promotes. 

Clean Water Action Mission to rethink waste in general and refocus consumer mentalities regarding the environment. Serves as a resource for coalitions, campaigners and politicians to learn more about environmental health and it’s threats.

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Acts as a roadmap for individuals and organizations to learn more about 0 waste initiatives and incentives, clean energy production and sustainability in general. Very organized site with wide range of topics.

Greenpeace Provides research and reports on a wide range of subjects from bees to oceans to toxics.  Lists their campaigns on the site and outline big news in the campaigns and PSA’s about offenders of environmental health.

Heal the Bay Campaign works to revitalize LA bay and watershed by cleaning up beaches and streams. The site provides information about how the organization plans to do so and invites the public to join in on the efforts.

Plastic Pollution Coalition A growing global alliance of more than 700 organizations, businesses, and thought leaders in 60 countries working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment. Website provides a plethora of educational resources on the harms of plastic and action guides that can be used to address plastic in your community. 

Story of Stuff Provides resources for individuals to learn where plastic hides in their daily lives and educates individuals on how to avoid plastic pollution and encourages them to choose alternatives.

Texas Campaign for the Environment Empowering Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental policy.

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) Dedicated to providing community members with the tools necessary to create sustainable, environmentally healthy communities by educating individuals on health concerns and implications arising from environmental pollution, empowering individuals with an understanding of applicable environmental laws and regulations and promoting their enforcement, and offering community building skills and resources for effective community action and greater public participation.

REGIONAL RESOURCES

Portland, OR  | GOVT WEBSITE | Includes simple FAQs, City Council Docs, Letter to businesses, one year report on plastic bag ban

LA County, CA | GOVT WEBSITE | Includes info on plastic bag ban; explains tax on paper bags, FAQ about carry out bags and background of ordinance

Seattle, WA | GOVT WEBSITE | Includes links to the new ban ban flyer, links to ordinances and original studies, and also info on what our ordinance requires.

Hawaii | GOVT WEBSITE | Info about plastic bag reduction ordinance, includes lots of good materials and resources explaining reasoning for law and effects

Brossard, Quebec, Canada | GOVT WEBSITE | Includes FAQ and communications for retailers