About the End Plastic Pollution International Collaborative (EPPIC)

EPPIC is a public-private partnership hosted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with partners the Aspen Institute (USA), The Ocean Foundation (USA), and Searious Business (NL), with initial seed funding from the U.S. Department of State. EPPIC convenes governments, business, civil society, philanthropies, and others to have reach and create opportunities that no single philanthropy, NGO, company, or national government could create on its own.


For information on how to join EPPIC, please see the application information below.

EPPIC logos US Department of State Aspen Institute The Ocean Foundation Searious Business

Plastic pollution is a global crisis. It transcends national boundaries, affecting our natural world and its biodiversity. It impacts our environment, health, food security, and economies.  Millions of tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, and untold millions of tons more pollute lands and waterways.  Plastic waste persists in the environment for centuries, or even longer. To protect the health of our planet and its inhabitants, we must act now to end plastic pollution. 

The End Plastic Pollution International Collaborative (EPPIC) seeks to galvanize global action on plastic pollution by supporting projects around the world to make the full lifecycle of plastic more sustainable, starting with efforts to change the design and use of plastic products. 

EPPIC is beginning to build on existing partnerships and networks that have been established in the regions. Technical experts from EPPIC’s initial partner organizations have worked with NGOs and businesses on real-world plastic circularity solutions, developed national plastic inventories in collaboration with governments, convened and facilitated knowledge networks across diverse stakeholder platforms, delivered plastic policy at global and national levels, and promoted innovative action through prizes and grants.


Joining EPPIC

Does your organization wish to become a Member or Partner of EPPIC? Do you wish to learn more about the Governance of EPPIC?

The application will take between 10-20 minutes to fill out. Please start by clicking here. Through this form, you will be able to apply on behalf of your organization to become a Member or Partner of EPPIC or request more information about EPPIC overall. 

After your application is submitted, the Host Consortium partners will review the information provided and follow up with you with additional information and next steps. 

If you wish to know more about EPPIC, please reach out to our team at EPPIC@IUCN.org.


Join us in Ottawa on 20 April 2024


EPPIC is hosting "Beyond the Plastics Treaty: Putting Policy into Practice," an in-person event prior to the INC-4 proceedings on Saturday, April 20th. We will be making a set of announcements about the progress of EPPIC to date, and invite interested potential partners and members to attend to learn more. 

Due to high volume of registrants, this event now has a waitlist. If you are interested in being on the waitlist, please register using this link. Someone from the EPPIC team will be in touch closer to the event with more details. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.


Previous Event, 22 March 2024: Webinar on ReUse - slides are shared here.


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About the Host Consortium

Primary Donor & National Government Liaison:

The Mission of the United States Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs leads U.S. diplomacy to conserve and protect the global environment, ocean, and space for the prosperity, peace, and security of this and future generations. Read more here.

Program Lead & Regional Engagement Coordinator:

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Since 2014, IUCN has been addressing the impact of plastics globally, with a focus on the marine environment. IUCN supports and builds capacity for countries to effectively negotiate the International, Legally Binding Instrument for Plastic Pollution. Read more here.

Policy & Grantmaking:

The Ocean Foundation’s Plastics Initiative works to address plastic pollution by engaging with international, national, and sub-national policy efforts. They are an accredited NGO Observer to the United Nations Environment Programme, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution, the Science Policy Panel on Chemicals, Waste and to Prevent Pollution, and the Basel Convention. The Ocean Foundation works with NOAA to advance the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by aligning partners, securing financial commitments, and increasing stakeholder engagement, and is implementing a US Department of State grant to establish the Marine Debris Foundation. Read more here.

Convenor & Innovation Prize Organizer:

The Aspen Institute is a global non-profit organisation committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. The Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program (EEP) addresses critical energy, environmental, and climate change issues through creating and facilitating dialogues with people of diverse perspectives to inform, educate, and create collaborative action plans that further an agenda that protects and improves life on this planet. Read more here.

Private Sector Liaison:

Searious Business is a leading game-changer in the plastics industry, with an overarching mission to reduce plastic pollution at the source. Over the last 7 years, they have strengthened the private sector, facilitated systemic change, and influenced behavioral change within the industry. As an Advisor to the UN on the Global Plastics Agreement, to the Business Coalition for a Plastics Treaty, Reusable Packaging Association, several investors, and in multiple Plastic Pacts, their reach is global. Read more here.