SUNNYVALE, CA, September 10, 2020 - Litterati announced today their ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP initiative in honor of Global Cleanup Day. A global cleanup campaign that will run from September 19th to October 4th and work towards their goal of a litter-free world. Litterati’s collaboration with The Alliance to End Plastic Waste came to fruition through Plug and Play’s End Plastic Waste program, which operates out of Silicon Valley, Paris, and Singapore.
“Even with the challenges presented from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have kept moving forward with our focus on sustainability and ending plastic waste. As part of our initiative, we have connected Litterati, one of the startups who participated in Batch 1 of our Silicon Valley End Plastic Waste Program, and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to launch this cleanup campaign” said Saeed Amidi Founder and CEO of Plug and Play. “I encourage our employees, partners, and startups to join the ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP so together we can create a bigger impact.”
Litter has begun to damage our environment. It’s time for companies and organizations to step up. Litterati and the Alliance’s campaign, ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP, is igniting a fire in our communities to do something about the millions of pounds of plastic wasted each year.
The Litterati app allows for people to upload geo-tagged photos of the litter they have picked up, which will give Litterati concrete data to help make a lasting impact in the environment through consumer behavioral shifts to packaging on the corporate level. All participants in the cleanup challenge will use the LItterati app to take and upload pictures of the collected litter which will measure and track participation and impact. The campaign will run for two weeks starting on World Cleanup Day 2020.
“The scale of the global litter challenge can feel daunting, but growing participation in World Cleanup Day has demonstrated that individuals are eager to do their part,” said Jacob Duer, President and CEO, Alliance to End Plastic Waste. “Through the ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP, the Alliance and our members are determined to further reduce litter in our mission to end plastic waste in the environment.”
TED-Ed is supporting these efforts by creating video-based lessons, available for free, to address the issues surrounding litter in the environment.
Follow #AllTogetherCleanup and visit AllTogetherCleanup.org to learn more about the campaign, access the TED-Ed lessons, and join the community to create a litter-free world.
About the Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is an international nonprofit organization partnering with government, environmental and economic development NGOs and communities around the world to address the challenge to end plastic waste in the environment. Through programs and partnerships, the Alliance focuses on solutions in four strategic areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. As of August 2020, the Alliance has nearly 50 member companies and supporters representing global companies and organizations across the plastic value chain. For more information, visit: www.endplasticwaste.org
About Plug and Play
Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we have built accelerator programs, corporate innovation services, and an in-house VC to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before. Since inception in 2006, our programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in over 30 locations globally, giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With over 30,000 startups and 400 official corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries. Companies in our community have raised over $9 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, Lending Club and PayPal. For more information, visit https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/
Litterati is on a mission to eradicate litter. Now in 165 countries, the Litterati community identifies, maps, and collects waste, resulting in an Open Litter Database - the largest of its kind. They are backed by the National Science Foundation and have been highlighted at TED.
About TED-EdTED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos, to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 600,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.