Action Templates


PPC Plastic Footprint Audit - from Plastic Free Schools - created by Dianna Cohen and Sandra Curtis

Do you want to learn how much plastic is brought and used in your school?  Here's a tool to be used by your classroom or school to develop a plastic audit.  From the results, you can set goals and determine your action plan to lower plastic use.

  • Determine - Collect data to learn how much single-use & disposable plastic is used at your school - - - daily, weekly, monthly, annually.
  • Qualify - Discover what kind of plastic items you have.
  • Quantify - Figure out how much you have.
  • Strategy - Create an Action Team to measurably reduce your school’s plastic footprint.
  • Create - measurable data/case studies.




Skip the Straw, Save a Sea Turtle

Join Trevor, Meirav, Cole and others who are saying, “No Straw Please.”  Take the Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) PC and The Last Plastic Straw (TLPS) pledge to refuse plastic straws.







2_min_beach_cleanup_logo_resized.png#2 Minute Beach Clean Up

While a 2 minute beach clean might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things it is important. Every piece of plastic that you remove from the marine environment is no longer a danger to the animals that still live there. They won’t break down into micro plastics, strangle seabirds or mammals or end up being ingested.  And beach cleaning gets you outside. It enables you to take care of nature and that brings a feeling of wellbeing. 







Be Straw Free Campaign  


Take a pledge to be a part of the straw free campaign organized by Eco Cycle. Every day 500 million disposable straws are used which contribute to plastic pollution and have a major impact on environment. Learn about the Each One Reach One approach and make a difference.







Bottles Out of National Parks

Did you know that disposable plastic bottles comprise an estimated 20% of Grand Canyon's waste stream and 30% of the park's recyclables? As a Climate Friendly Park, Grand Canyon National Park's staff, partners and stakeholders have made a commitment to take a leadership role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and educating the public about what they can do to reduce their impacts on the park. In order to reduce plastics in the park's waste stream, litter along trails and walkways and greenhouse gas emissions, Grand Canyon National Park has eliminated the sale of water packaged in individual disposable containers including plastic bottles.  They encourage everyone to reduce, reuse, refill!




_plasticpolluters_resized.pngBreak Free From Plastic - Brand Audit Methodology 

Zero waste practitioners–from neighbourhoods to cities–regularly conduct waste audits to monitor the types and volume of waste generated in a particular area. These systematic exercises help decision makers and communities to develop resource management plans which include at-source segregation, comprehensive composting and recycling schemes, residual waste reduction and product redesign. The data generated will also help city officials design collection systems and schedules, decide what policies to enact, identify what kind of collection vehicles to use,
how many workers to employ, and what kind of technology to invest in, among others. All
these components lead to our zero waste goal: reduce the amount of resources disposed in landfills
and incinerators to ZERO.

In addition to identifying the most common types of waste, audits can also cover the identification of
brands and companies that use disposable, low-value or non-recyclable packaging for their products





Clean_seas_logo_resized.jpgClean Seas - Turn the Tide on Plastic 

Find an action to reduce plastic and stick to it.  Sign up for one or many, but whatever you do, stick with your commitment.  Options include: Avoiding cosmetics with microbeads, Bringing my own cup, Shrinking my plastic footprint, Urging firms to cut packaging, Trying to get plastic removed from my workplace, Use only glass or steel straws, Cleaning the beach, Don't buy no more plastic water bottles, Avoid buying polluting synthetic clothing, Launch #CleanSeas campaigns in my region, Promote eco-swims to raise awareness, and more.






Foam_Free_Future_resized.jpgFoam Free Future

The Foam Free Future project was started by four Huliau students at the end of 2014 in response to a deceptive media campaign by the American Chemistry Council defending EPS (“styrofoam”) take-out containers.  The focus of the project is to work with community partners to help local business find eco-friendly alternatives to EPS foam take-out containers.  In 2016 they joined forced with Surfrider Foundation and various other Hawaiʻi-based non-profits to bring Surfriderʻs Ocean Friendly Restaurants program to Hawaiʻi. Here's the new Ocean Friendly Restaurants Hawaiʻi website.  






Green Gloves – Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)

The OUSD Green Gloves Program is reducing the environmental footprint of schools by decreasing and sorting out waste through the efforts of Nutrition and Custodial Services staff. They installed spoon, fork and full size napkin dispensers in 3 elementary schools to reduce waste and litter. Green Gloves schools can improve student learning, safeguard children's health, save money, and empower kids.  




It's "The Last Straw" for cafés and bars - Plastic Free July

After participating in the Plastic Free July challenge for several years participant Columba went on a mission to rid the Perth city, Western Australia of plastic drinking straws. She went on the march as the "Straw Army", visiting cafés, bars and restaurants. Columba asks them to put straws under the counter out of view and only provide them on request. The café also must display a sign explaining that they do not give straws for environmental reasons.





Marine Debris Toolkit for College Campuses – One Pager 

Developed by the Product Stewardship Institute for the EPA with collaborating from three University of California campuses.  Complete Toolkit










"No Más Botellas de Plástico"Campaña  - "No More Plastic Bottles" Campaign

Throughout the world today there is a serious problem of water pollution, air and soil, caused largely by the large volumes of plastic waste generated daily and receiving little or no treatment.  Of plastic waste, less than 3% of of plastic PET bottles are recycled which has led to a global problem resulting in plastic ending up in fields and oceans. Clarity Systems is part of the movement to avoid plastic bottles and invites you to say “NO to bottled water” in Mexico, which already has a serious environmental problem.








Plastic_Free_Aisle_2_resized.jpgPlastic Free Aisle 

People say it is impossible to live without this indestructible plastic food packaging. But not so long ago, plastic didn’t even exist and somehow we all coped. We need to stop our addiction. And it starts with asking our supermarkets for a Plastic Free Aisle.









Plastic-Free Campus Manual - Post Landfill Action Network (P.L.A.N.)  

Comprehensive how-to guide for tackling plastic reduction on your campus, developed by PLAN in partnership with Plastic Pollution Coalition.








Plastic Solutions at UC Santa Barbara - Day Without a Bottle, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Plastic Solutions at UC Santa Barbara is a student-driven organization comprised of numerous clubs and organizations on the UCsB campus and in the santa Barbara community.  Plastic Solutions seeks to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of single-use plastics in the UCSB community through education, policy initiatives, and the promotion of
sustainable alternatives.






POPS_resized.jpgPlastic Ocean Pollution Solutions (POPS Youth Summit)

The Algalita POPS Youth Summit offers students a chance to learn about current scientific research on plastic pollution, share their action projects with their peers, and work directly with mentors to help improve their projects’ next steps.








S.T.O.P._-_Green_Schools_Alliance_resized.jpgStudents Take on Plastic (S.T.O.P.) STOP Plastics 

Sponsored by Green Schools Alliance, S.T.O.P. is an initiative borne out of the Ban the Bag Conference at the Hewitt School (NY) in 2013 and their follow-up student training on how to talk to lawmakers to encourage them to pass legislation that bans or places a surcharge on single use plastic bags. 








The Last Plastic Straw Challenge

This is an invitation to all bars and restaurants, to be part of the movement to eliminate plastic pollution from the source. By simply stating on menus “Straws available upon request”, bars and restaurants can be part of the solution.







Take_Action_-_Smog_of_the_Sea_resized.jpgTake Action - The Smog of the Sea

A compilation of resources for reducing plastic from a wide range of organizations.

The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.

After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as
the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics
permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain.
You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog?






Think Beyond the Bottle – Find drinkable water  

Beyond The Bottle is a project which maps public sources of potable water, such as water fountains and community wells, for use on the go.  Email or text: btb at thecoocoup dot com. You can search by proximity, city or zip code.  







University of Hawaii Styrofoam Ban, Campus Action Template 

The University of Hawaii at Manoa has implemented a new policy on sustainable food products that phases out the use of styrofoam on campus. The approved policy encourages the use of reusable and compostable products, and it bans EPS foam from being used by new or existing vendors.  Adaptable template for use as a model for other sustainability challenges.






University of Hawaii, Manoa campus - Chancellor's Office Food Policy

The policy issued by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa &UHM) seeks to advance environmental stewardship and sustainability on their campus which embodies approaches that reduce life cycle costs, restore or maintain the functioning of natural systems, and enhance human well-being.  As part of this broader effort and to address trash reduction, public health, marine life protection, and environmental sustainability, UHM will transition to the use of more responsible food service products on campus.  Read about the implementation
and applicability of this policy.

Community Action



Plastic Free Ocean

A comprehensive action plan for a plastic free ocean. The list is a step-by-step guide to greatly reduce plastic pollution through improved collection and increased recycling efforts.  Clean up waterborne plastic waste, particularly in tidal zones where it is densest and most accessible.





Unbottle Water Campaign 

Americans buy over 70 billion bottles of water a year, enough to circle the globe more than 370 times! Disposable plastic water bottles create excessive waste, and bottled water companies are profiting from an essential resource that should be accessible and affordable to all.  New Dream's Unbottle Water Campaign contains inspiring stories,  multimedia resources, and practical tips to help eliminate bottled water in your community.  Some of the resources include: