Informational Websites

Plastic Pollution Coalition  

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, the ocean and the environment.  Join the coalition to take action on a person, community or a global level.  find facts, tools, curriculum and more in the Resources section of the website.  Get access to the Informative Plastic Free Guides.  Keep updated on research, legislation, coalition member
activities, and read inspiring stories on the fight against plastic in Plastic Free Times.




5 Gyres

S.E.A. Change - Science, Education, Activism.  5 Gyres has led the effort to research aquatic plastic pollution and to find solutions for regaining a plastic-free ocean.  Their mission is to empower people to become leaders in combating the global health crisis of plastic pollution.








Algalita envisions a marine environment that is healthy, sustainable and productive for all living creatures, free from plastic pollution.  We believe that together, we can combat the crisis through research, education, and action.





California Coastal Commission

In a special section on marine debris, the California Coastal Commission emphasizes that Plastic comprises almost 90 percent of floating marine debris, with a special focus on plastic pellets, or "nurdles". Due to its durability, buoyancy, and ability to accumulate and concentrate toxins present in the ocean, plastic is especially harmful to marine life.  Find background information on the problem and what action you can take to help.







Everything Connects - Why Nature Matters 

The mission of Everything Connects is to inspire you, educate you, and empower you to make a difference in your life, for all life, and for the ecological foundations of life. From the plains of Africa to the wilds of the Amazon to the disappearing Arctic to your humble living room, you will discover why nature matters, why you matter, and how everything is connected.  





Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.








GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in
over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.






International Pellet Watch  

IPW is a volunteer-based global monitoring program proposed by Dr. Takada of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.  Participants collect plastic resin pellets on their nearby beaches and send them to Dr. Takada for analysis.  Plastic resin pellets accumulate organic pollutants like PCBs and organochlorine pesticides which are regulated by an international treaty (i.e., Stockholm Convention).  Studies related to IPW have demonstrated
the transfer of POPs from ingested plastics to the tissues of biota that mistakenly consume

marine plastics.  Analytical maps are available showing global POP concentrations in beached
resin pellets.




Monterey Bay Aquarium - Ocean Plastic Pollution 

Plastic is in every part of the ocean, threatening marine wildlife and our own health.