Algalita is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing plastic pollution.
We are the foremost experts on plastic pollution with over 20-years of experience working to understand and solve the problem. Our organization was the first to expose the severity of plastic in our ocean after our Founder, Captain Charles Moore, discovered the swirling soup of plastic pollution in the Pacific – known by many as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
As leaders in the movement to end plastic pollution, we equip local and global influencers with the knowledge and resources needed to ignite true change in behavior, habits, policy, and beyond.
Our Mission is to lead the world to a plastic pollution free future.
Vision and Values We envision a future free of plastic pollution. We’re vigilantly and wholly dedicated to inspiring change. Our solutions are calculated and we never waiver in the face of multiple challenges or insurmountable odds.
What we do: As leaders in the movement to end plastic pollution, we equip local and global influencers with the knowledge and resources needed to ignite true change in behavior, habits, policy, and beyond.
Our program objectives include:
1) Research - to collect and provide objective information that is used by scientists, educators, and policy-makers worldwide;
2) Science-based Education – to use environmental education to provoke action by bridging real-world science with real-time solutions;
3) Community Building - to help communities build healthly habits by designing and coordinating campaigns that address the challenges of today’s throw-away culture;
4) Changing the System - to drive change on a national, system-wide scale by forming alliances with partner organizations, policy-makers, and industry.
Accomplishments: Algalita is credited for sparking “The Great Plastics Awakening” in 1997 after our Founder, Captain Charles Moore, discovered the swirling soup of plastic pollution in the Pacific – known by many as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Since this discovery, we’ve accomplished incredible things amidst this unbelievably challenging issue.
Algalita was the first to develop research protocols for sampling ocean plastic pollution. We were also the first to analyze samples from all of the five oceanic gyres, and the first to pioneer plastic pollution research in the Artic. Equipped with information from 10 successful research expeditions and having published 21 peer-reviewed studies, Algalita’s programs and initiatives have always been built upon sound, objective, and credible information.
On the policy front, our data-driven recommended action items have been implemented by policy-makers, industry and community influencers worldwide. Algalita was instrumental in developing a comprehensive statewide action plan to reduce land-based sources of plastic pollution in California. Our team worked with plastic manufacturers and municipalities to develop best management practices, and brought together stakeholders for a 2005 conference that involved scientists, government officials, industry and environmental activists.
In 2010, Algalita began developing an Education and Youth Leadership Department. Now in its 6th academic year, our Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions (POPS) Program has impacted over 225,800 students and 1,650 teachers worldwide since inception. The program includes in-class science workshops, teacher training, field research opportunities, peer mentoring, and the world’s first Annual Plastic Pollution Youth Summit which has been the catalyst in launching over 146 waste reduction campaigns with schools in the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Hungary, Kenya, Lebanon, and Cambodia.