Trash Free Seas Alliance

Current efforts to eliminate ocean trash are not enough.

Ocean Conservancy has mobilized millions of people around the world to remove trash from our ocean and waterways. But removal is just one part of the solution. We must also prevent trash from reaching our waterways and the ocean. Ocean Conservancy launched the Trash Free Seas Alliance to eliminate ocean trash. The Alliance unites industry, science and conservation leaders who share a common goal for a healthy ocean free of trash. The Alliance provides a constructive forum focused on identifying opportunities for cross-sector solutions that drive action and foster innovation.

Members of the Trash Free Seas Alliance pledge to move NOW toward solutions that will eliminate ocean trash.

Members pledge an individual responsibility to take immediate steps as well as advance long-term solutions for trash free seas. Members seek to reduce and, where possible, reinvent products and services that damage ocean wildlife or ecosystems. Current Founding members of the Trash Free Seas Alliance include:

Regular Members

Advisory Members

The Trash Free Seas Alliance is driven by action and impact.

Members of the Alliance aim to reduce and make continual progress toward eliminating ocean trash. The Alliance is working to create innovative groups to zero in on specific issues to incubate and pilot solutions.

The Trash Free Seas Alliance provides a space for respectful dialogue that is productive and honest.

Members come to the table as independent equals committed to finding a way forward through advocacy, community engagement and innovation. Ocean trash affects everyone everywhere because the majority of ocean trash comes from land. We all share in the responsibility to find the solutions.

Benefits of Membership

Benefits include:

  • networking opportunities among corporations, NGOs, academia and government
  • access to academic experts studying the problem
  • information-sharing on best practices, case studies, and new materials and technologies
  • ability to shape tools and resources developed by the Alliance
  • increased recognition for efforts to reduce ocean trash
  • opportunity to share and discuss conflicting viewpoints
  • participation in Alliance projects such as:
    • webinars on ocean trash topics
    • cross-sector ocean trash summits
    • innovation groups
  • pre-release access to Trash Free Seas Alliance reports, materials and trend analyses
  • member work featured in Ocean Conservancy presentations, materials and webinars

Alliance Leadership

Ocean Conservancy is now recruiting members for the Trash Free Seas Alliance. Members represented the diversity of expertise needed to ultimately eliminate ocean trash and came from industry, civic, science and conservation leadership.

As a leader in finding solutions for our water planet, Ocean Conservancy is organizing and resourcing the Trash Free Seas Alliance and identifying opportunities for synergy among members. The Alliance's executive committee and members are working to select priorities and projects

Join Us

Ocean Conservancy invites you to bring your expertise into the Trash Free Seas Alliance to help develop practical and lasting solutions to eliminate ocean trash. By better protecting the ocean, we ensure our planet's life-support system, from the food we eat and water we drink to the air we breathe.

For more information, please contact

George Leonard
P: 831-440-7958


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