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. 

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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.

Announcing the EPPIC Grant Program

We are pleased to announce the first call for Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to support EPPIC’s mission to galvanize global action to significantly reduce plastic pollution and advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste across the plastic cycle.

We invite organizations working on solutions to plastic pollution to apply for our grants in Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Deadline for submitting proposals is July 7th 2024 23:59 ET

Grant Details:

  • Focus Areas: Location-appropriate upstream and mid-stream interventions supported by science-based knowledge to address plastic pollution.
  • Objective: Reduce plastic pollution and advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste across the plastic cycle.

How to Apply:

  1. Review the RFP PDFs: Detailed information and instructions are provided in the PDFs linked below.
  2. Submit Your Proposal: Follow the guidelines in the PDFs to prepare and submit your proposal.


For any questions about the RFP, application process, or  WAVES system can be directed to grants@oceanfdn.org.

Important Document links:

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.

Previous Events



20 April 2024 - Beyond the Plastics Treaty: Putting Policy into Practice


EPPIC hosted "Beyond the Plastics Treaty: Putting Policy into Practice," an in-person event prior to the INC-4 proceedings on Saturday, April 20th. More news coming soon on the event outcomes!



22 March 2024 - Webinar on ReUse


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