Think Beyond Plastic Foundation is leading a global multidisciplinary effort to harness the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship for a world free of plastic pollution, with focus on innovative product delivery systems, including application specific packaging, bio-benign materials and sustainable chemistry.
The Foundation is focused on securing the pipeline strengthening the entire innovation eco-system by developing strategic partnership with key stakeholders - industry, investors and civil society.
Our core programs support and expand our mission through regional and global projects.
Think Beyond Plastic Foundation is a non-profit public charity registration 82-3886116, exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3.
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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The Innovation Center is designed to grow and strengthen the innovation eco-system by meeting the needs of the key stakeholders - innovators, investors and industry, through its Innovation Hub and Regional User facilities for design, testing, characterization and prototyping.
The Center selects entrepreneurs and innovators with demonstrated commercial potential and helps with a path to commercialization. It provides services to industry seeking innovation and discovery; and to investors interested in opportunities with proven transformative potential.
ANNUAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE
The Annual Innovation Challenge is a core program raising global innovation and entrepreneurship with focus on high priority innovation areas.
Since 2012, the annual Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Challenge has mobilized the innovator community for a large scale response to plastic pollution with focus on innovation for circular materials, circular packaging and product design and creative communications.
In 2019, two Innovation Challenges were developed in collaboration with The Klosters Forum, and with the Canadian National Zero Waste Council.
MESOAMERICAN REEF PROJECT
Plastic pollution presents a growing, significant and urgent threat to the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) fragile marine eco-systems, and to public health.
Traditional approaches that focus on managing waste through recycling and incineration have proven inadequate to the massive challenge of plastic pollution, driven by growth of consumption and tourism. The problem is especially visible in small islands with limited municipal infrastructure and economic resources.
Projects are under way on the Bay Islands of Honduras and other areas of the Mesoamerican Reef communities.