As part of our mission to drive the latest research, policies, and education to implement strategies that protect our waters, The Plastic Free Waters partnership compiles free resources and tools related to reducing plastic pollution.

Plastic Free Waters Resources

American Littoral Society
Association of NJ Environmental Commissions
Cafeteria Culture
Clean Ocean Action
Clean Water Action
EPA Trash Free Waters
EPA State of the Science White Paper (December 2016)
Onondaga County, NY Block Litter initiative
Onondaga County, NY Connect the Drops campaign
Plastic Pollution Coalition
River Keeper
Sierra Club
NOAA Marine Debris Program
NOAA Marine Debris Blog


Invisibles: The Plastic Inside Us (From Orb Media)
Marine Ecosystems and Management “Skimmer”
CNN, What is Microplastic (Video)
Story of Stuff, Microfibers
Story of Stuff, Microbeads
NOAA, Microplastics & Microbeads

Plastic Bags

Plastic Oceans
Bag It (movie)
Plastic Bag Laws
Bag It NYC
Mass Green
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Cafeteria Culture – 5th Grade Change Makers Take Action on NYC Bag Bill (video)
Plastic Bag Lake in NYC – No Single Use Plastic Bags

Plastic Bottles

Mind Body Green: Reasons to Stop Drinking Bottled Water
The Water Project
Food and Water Watch
Plastic Water Bottles Causing Flood of Harm to Our Environment | Huffington Post

Takeout Containers

Foam Free Project
Polystyrene Ordinances (Via Surfrider Foundation)
Styrofoam out of Schools campaign
Cafeteria Culture, NYC Foam Ban
Clean Water Action Foam Fact Sheet
US Department of Health and Human Services Styrene Profile
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Fact Sheet


Rethink Disposable Case Study | Clean Water Action Fund & Clean Water Fund
“Hoping for the last straw” | National Restaurant Association News & Research
Be Straw Free | Eco-Cycle 
“Sustainable restaurateur McKerrow signs straw-free pledge” | National Restaurant Association
The Last Plastic Straw
Restaurant Tent Card to Encourage Businesses To Be Straw Free


U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Balloons Blow
One Green Planet
Baloon Releases: Deadly Litter | World Animal Foundation
How Balloons Hurt Birds: Balloons Can Be Deadly Litter to Birds | The Spruce
United Press International

Litter Apps

To have source reduction, strong data and education will guide policy changes in the form of ordinances/enforcement. Use these free and easy apps to report and collect litter data

NJ Stop Dumping
Marine Debris Tracker 

Additional video content:

Plastic Free Waters Microfibers Panel Discussion, 10/26/17 (audio)
Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt a Beach Introductory Training
Onondaga County Connect the Drops
Onondaga County Reverse Litter:
Story of Stuff – Microplastics:
Cafeteria Culture – Youth Made Media for Plastic Free Waters
The Story of Stuff
Bag It Movie
The Story of Microfibers
Popping the Question
Do The Clam Dance
It’s All On The Line
Your Butts are Plastic

K-12 Educational Resources

Cafeteria Culture: Youth Media and Action for Trash Free Waters
SORT2SAVE – Cafeteria Ranger Program
NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring Toolkit for Educators
Plastic Straws Informational Flyer
Balloon Flyer

Research and Reports

5Gyres Publications Studies on plastic bag ordinances
Equinox Study on Plastic Bag Policy 


5 Gyres Advocacy Toolkits