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2016 – UpGyres supports the OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign; a campaign created by One More Generation (OMG) and its partners. Plastic straws, (like single use plastic bags) are one of those items that most of us could live without. We can all be the solution to the problem by simply ‘saying no’ to plastic straws and either going without or getting yourself a reusable drinking straw. OMG is a nonprofit organization founded by Carter and Olivia Ries back in 2009 when they were 8.5 and 7 years old. Carter and Olivia have become world renowned for their work on plastic pollution education and animal conservation.
2016 – UpGyres supports the Ocean Clean Wash Campaign; an international and multidisciplinary alliance to tackle microplastic pollution in the oceans from laundry waste, to find and implement solutions and to get all the parties involved (shipping, cruise line, luxury yacht, FPSO, hospitality, tourism, fashion, textile and professional cleaning industries, washing machine manufacturers and consumers) as we believe that we are all part of the problem and we should work together to solve it.
2016 – UpGyres supports the ‘Zero plastic inside’ Campaign. It makes it very difficult for consumers to choose ‘plastic free’ products. This is why we change the burden of proof. Instead of consumers having to check and choose, we are asking producers to declare their care products free of microplastics. Plastic free products will be included in the new Zero category of the Beat the Microbead website and app. The brands that do not use microplastics can carry the ‘Zero plastic inside’ logo. In one glance, this logo makes it clear for consumers that a product is guaranteed 100% free of microplastics.
2013 – Upcycle the Gyres Society (UpGyres) has been a driving force supporting the Beat the Microbead Campaign pushing for a ban of micro plastic beads in cosmetic and toiletries in Canada. On July 30, 2015; the Canadian government announced that microbeads will be banned nationwide. On June 29, 2016 the Canadian government listed microbeads as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).
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