Think Beyond Plastic™ is a social impact venture that reduces the impact of plastic pollution by harnessing the forces of entrepreneurship and the power of markets to do good. We incubate ideas and accelerate businesses that measurably reduce plastic pollution.
The Think Beyond Plastic Forum engineers the innovation eco-system with focus on plastic pollution and its impacts. It recognizes and incubates technologies; it focuses innovation on key problem areas and leads thought leadership for public policies and economic instruments to support innovation.
The Forum directs innovation towards "hot spots" of plastic pollution, where consumption is the highest and market failures are the greatest such as disposable plastic, plastic medical waste, ocean plastic, with market focus on food services, food packaging, retail, personal care products, construction and transportation, etc.
The Innovation Forum advances broad-based disruptive innovation that measurably reduces plastic pollution. Of special interest are:
Recycling innovations, with focus on measurable increase of collection and material management and waste -to-value innovations;
Material innovations, with focus on nanoparticles, nanocellulose, glass, non-toxic plastic, innovative uses of paper pulp and bagasse, reduced toxicity; biodegradability; compostability; moisture barrier; film; etc
Manufacturing innovations, with focus on injection molding and extrusion for paper pulp and bagasse, reduced manufacturing costs, etc;
Design innovations that focus on alternate materials or reduced exposure to toxic chemicals.
Formulate and incubate ideas: The Forum works with independent research labs and universities, and innovators to identify platform technologies or ideas and to formulate and incubate ideas and innovations.
Focused innovation: Regional Innovation Challenges and an annual Innovation Competition to capture best ideas. To winners, it provides funding and acceleration services.
Thought leadership: The Forum maintains an open dialog between major brands and innovators to identify market failures, needs and innovation opportunities.
Support for innovation: The Forum drives the creation of policies that create long-term economic incentives for businesses and entrepreneurs for innovation that reduces plastic pollution.
Accelerator services: Technology commercialization; Marketing; Financing; Operations; Team building and special focus on Sustainability and Plastic pollution.
The Think Beyond Plastic™ Innovation Forum is in affiliation with Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) a non-profit public charity exmpt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.