Plastic pollution will not be solved by one person, one non-profit, or one company. To create long-term solutions we believe it is vital to collaborate with other people and organizations who are working everyday to influence and require change. We are stoked to be working with our expert partners who have helped make Wayfinder Society a rad program to educate and inspire a community of young leaders!
Based in the the Bahamas, the Bahamas Plastic Movement’s (BPM) mission is to build a community of education and activism around plastic pollution. By empowering Bahamians to contribute to hands on citizen science and environmental leadership, they aim to evolve mindsets and spark cultural practices that will be pivotal in executing changes at the policy level. BPM has been instrumental over the past six years in helping to host Algalita’s annual POPS International youth Summit! They will help bring a fun and vibrant energy to Wayfinder Society.
The Wayfinder Society believes that every person plays a role in solutions to plastic pollution, which is why we partnered with Litterati. Inspired by youth who noticed litter while hiking in the woods with their family, Litterati is an app that provides a crowdsourced cleanup model for the entire planet. The app makes it easy for people to be a part of a solution to plastic pollution by engaging them as citizen scientists. Using geotags, material type and brand information, Litterati allows citizen scientists to contribute to a large global data set. This data will be used to work with companies and organizations to help put an end to plastic pollution.
Bringing the aloha spirit to Wayfinder Society, the Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation is a grassroots non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawai’i. Their Plastic Free Hawai’i program focuses on engaging and empowering youth as the seeds of change to preserve and protect the beautiful Hawaiian islands. Algalita and Kōkua have collaborated on multiple plastic pollution prevention youth summits to ensure young leaders have fun and stay stoked while working together to create solutions to plastic pollution!
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. For decades they have been training coastal defenders to successfully protect their communities and natural environment from the harms of plastic pollution. The Wayfinder Society is excited to provide you access to Surfrider’s amazing resources and expertise. The Surfrider Foundation is a perfect partner for the Wayfinder Society. Remember to enjoy the natural environment you are working hard to protect!
Born out of the minds of a small group of surfers, ocean lovers and environmentalists, Bureo is on a mission to protect the ocean by scaling a radically transparent model to eliminate fishing net pollution. By using disruptive innovation to inspire change and create tangible positive impacts, they are a great addition to the Wayfinder Society expert mentor team. Their passion to solve plastic pollution will help give Wayfinders guided drift throughout their journey.
Through fun and positivity the Gnarly Beach Cleaner (GBC) creates awareness of plastic pollution and the side effects caused by single-use consumer goods. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to the planet and human health, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves while working to solve these series issues. GBC started the #makeitfunmovement, reminding you to always make it fun and to stay stoked while solving plastic pollution! We are beyond stoked to have GBC as a partner with Wayfinder Society to always keep the positive vibes alive!
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries working to promote zero waste systems and to fight environmental injustice from incinerating and dumping waste. GAIA envisions a just, zero waste world built on respect for ecological limits and community rights, where people are free from the burden of toxic pollution, and resources are sustainably conserved, not burned or dumped. From case-studies to reports and guides, they’re a solid resource and learning tool for any member of the Wayfinder Society!
The Lost Art of Love Letters brings a much needed artistic vibe to the Wayfinder Society! Their Love Letters to the Sea project reminds people that it is ok to acknowledge your emotional connection to nature. It provides Wayfinders with the tools to creatively express themselves to decision makers through writing and sending vibrant letters. This is a awesome and unique project to inform, inspire and influence stakeholders to take action to solve plastic pollution issues. Lost Art of Love Letters has also teamed up with Algalita to bring this artistic project to their POPS International Youth Summit!
Many Wayfinders are on a mission to spark innovative solutions to plastic pollution, including our partners at UPSTREAM! To “make throw away, go away”, UPSTREAM focuses on business innovation, policy creation, and culture change campaigns that make single-use history and show there’s a better way than throw-away! They aren’t about replacing single-use plastics with other non-plastic single-use items, they are about changing disposable systems to create a reusable world that is healthy for people and the planet. UPSTREAM’s expertise is indisposable in helping Wayfinders on their journey to create a world where plastic pollution is unthinkable!
The #breakfreefromplastic Movement is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) is made up of more than 8,000 organizations and individual supporters from across the globe. From fossil fuel extraction, all the way downstream to the ocean, BFFP members are working to end plastic pollution to humans and the environment at every stage along the way. BFFP provides Wayfinders with a global perspective on plastic pollution as well as steps to take action. We are stoked to have them on the team!