Christine Figgener is taking the pledge to quit plastic. Join her in making the world a better place.

By 2050, there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish. The time is now to quit plastic. Take the pledge and learn how we can save the planet, together.

“Quitting plastic is something that is super important to me. It is something that we all need to act on now.”

Christine Figgener, Ph.D.
Footprint Foundation Director of Science and Education

Christine and Footprint Foundation

Simply put, recycling does not work. Only 4% of plastic is recycled, and most plastic can not be recycled with modern technology. Recycling is not a solution we or the planet can live with.

In The Air

We already consume a credit card worth of micro-plastic a week and it is affecting our health.

Quitting Plastic

It is now time to take action before it is too late. The only long-term solution is to quit the use of single use plastic.


“A lot of sea turtles and marine wildlife mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and eat it. We need to act now to provide a future for our oceans.”

-Christine Figgener, Ph.D. & Marine Conservation Biologist 

Human Health

“The science is telling us that plastic kills. Plastic contributes to chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes, reduces the function of the male sex hormone.” 

– Dr. Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP

Air & Land

“Kids are telling me they do not want to be part of an industry that despoils the environment”

– Craig Leeson, Director of A Plastic Ocean

Environmental Justice

“As we face challenges like climate change and ocean pollution, it’s important that there is a real connection and line of communication between the general public and the science community.”

– Danni Washington, TV host and Science Communicator

Take the pledge with experts Chris Figgener, Craig Leeson, and 2905 other people

Select which single use plastic items you are going to quit:

  • Plastic Water Bottles

    3,386,356 plastic bottles and caps were collected in one day during the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup.

  • Plastic Utensils

    More than 36 billion are used every year in the United States. Put end to end, they would wrap around the Earth 139 times.

  • Plastic Bags

    1,351,390 plastic bags were collected in one day during the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup.

  • Plastic Straws

    942,982 plastic straws and stirrers were collected in one day during the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup.

Footprint Foundation is already making an impact

of plastic has already been eliminated since 2014.

34,117 metric tons
of carbon emissions has been eliminated since 2014

Together, we can save our planet and eliminate plastic pollution.

See what a difference our combined pledges are already making:

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Frequently Asked Questions

A movement of people willing to pledge to QUIT plastic. We track how many people take the pledge, what items they quit, the carbon emissions saved, and the pounds of plastic eliminated.

The Footprint Foundation launched Pledge 2050 in coordination with innovation 4.4 and is supported by countless NGOs.

If we don’t demand change now, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Additionally, microplastics are in our air, soil, and food supply which is impacting human health. Production and disposal of plastics also affect BIPOC communities disproportionately, making plastic an environmental justice issue.

Take the pledge and choose which 4 items you will phase out of your life. Additionally, we encourage you to sign the  Break Free from Plastic Act

Plastic water bottles, plastic bags, plastic straws, and plastic cutlery are some of the most common single-use plastic items. In just one day, volunteers participating in the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup recorded picking up:

Plastic bottles and caps: 3,386,356

Plastic bags: 1,351,390

Plastic straws & stirrers: 942,982

Use hashtag #Pledge2050 and follow Footprint Foundation on social media. Share about the pledge with your friends, family, favorite influencers, and celebrities.

Resources vary by state, but you can learn how to advocate for the Break Free from Plastic Act as well as the Global Plastic Treaty. 

Two great resources provide scientific research on both endocrine disruptors and low testosterone issues: Sicker, Fatter, Poorer by Dr. Leo Trasanade and Count Down by Dr. Shanna Swan 

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