FOUNDATION

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 TEAM ​

OUR ADVISORS

CORE PROGRAMS 

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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CORE PROGRAMS

 

INNOVATION CENTER

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. 

Follow the project updates on the Mesoamerican Reef Plastic Reduction initiative portal

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YUWEI SHI

Vice President,

China Strategy

Chief Executive Officer
Co-founder

Chief Science Officer
Co-founder

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Innovation Coordinator - 

Entrepreneurs

MARJEELA BASIJ-RASIKH

Innovation Coordinator -

Innovation Challenges

MINKO MINKOV

Innovation Coordinator - Europe

JENNIFER TORMAN

Innovation Coordinator - 

Mesoamerican Reef

ERWIN ALBERTY

YORDANKA SLAVOVA

Legal counsel -

Europe 

IAN DRYSDALE

MAR Ambassador - 

Entrepreneurs

GISSELLE BRADY

MAR Ambassador - 

Outreach and Policy

MICHAEL ACID

Innovation Coordinator - 

Investors 

 

SCOTT BAXTER

Intern

CHIAO TING

Innovation Intern- 

China 

REBECCA BECKAM

Innovation Coordinator -

Entrepreneurs 

SABRINA JAQUELINE

Editor and Digital Media