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find science to solutions

Our research, studies and publications drive action on plastic pollution: TrawlShare empowers citizen scientists to collect data, the Plastics BAN List details functional and material alternatives that could replace single-use disposable products, and regional analysis provides essential baseline data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of pollution prevention policies.


read ban list 2.0

Are "compostable" and “biodegradable” the next generation of greenwashing? Created in collaboration with a coalition of partners including Clean Production Action, PPC, Surfrider and UPSTREAM, our new Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List examines the true life cycle of plastic products in the United States.


Sign the starbucks petition

Join us as we take a stand against Starbucks! In 2008, Starbucks committed to increasing reusable cup usage to 25% of overall usage by 2015. After failing to keep this promise, they lowered their projections. Meanwhile, Starbucks opens 500 locations a year—that’s more than one every day—and serve up four billion cups of coffee annually. Sign the petition and stand up to Starbucks on plastic pollution!

10 and TEN

Marcus Eriksen’s Junk Raft is on a Forbes Magazine Top Ten Eco reads. As an ex-marine turned eco-warrior, Marcus sailed a raft made of 15,000 plastic bottles from California to Hawaii to raise awareness of the marine plastic crisis. He and Anna Cummins went on to found the 5 Gyres Institute in 2008. Celebrate a decade of science and activism at our Voices 4 Oceans benefit on March 22nd at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Tickets available now! 

Pledge to REFUSE single-use polystyrene products!



After researching plastic in all five main subtropical gyres, the 5 Gyres Institute was first to identify plastic microbeads in the United States and used the study to help ban them nationwide. #sciencetosolutions


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