Three decades of plastic pollution
Research and Education

It all started with an eye-opening discovery in the North Pacific.

Algalita is internationally known as the organization that started the movement to end plastic pollution nearly 30 years ago. We were the first to discover, and bring attention to, the swirling soup of plastic pollution in the Pacific – now known by many as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Since then, we’ve worked to revolutionize the plastic pollution conversation by building a web of connections between researchers, activists, industry leaders, educators, and young people across the globe.


We’re a small team dedicated to making a big impact, walking in the footsteps of our Founder, Capt. Charles Moore who sparked what we call the Great Plastics Awakening.



Our Mission & Values

We envision a world where plastic pollution is unthinkable. Our action plan: design and deliver educational experiences that empower individuals to understand the full-scope of plastic pollution’s impact on people and the planet, while also providing tangible ways to support solutions. 



Learn about our rich history and most notable achievements including being the first organization to develop ocean plastic monitoring protocols, the first to host international youth summits on the issues, and the first to inspire state-level plastic pollution legislation.


“Embrace the complexity and take up the challenge.”

– Captain Charles Moore


Help us build our community by donating or sharing our resources with a teacher, young person or family member. Together, we can arrive at a future free of plastic pollution.