Eight million metric tons of plastics enter our oceans every year. Even with the best intentions, no single group can make our oceans safer. To reverse this impact, we must get buy-in from everyone across the “Plastic Value Chain.”

193 independent nations, thousands of corporations, petro-chemical companies, retailers, NGOs, waste pickers, recycling centers and financial institutions, each with their own agenda and business goals to meet.

OPLN brings together leaders from each of these sectors to discuss pain points, brainstorm solutions and enact global standards that can change our current course.

 

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Through our OPLN member network, SoulBuffalo develops experiential, action-oriented summits, both virtual and on-the-ground. By gathering this diverse range of interests, we invariably create a healthy tension to find common ground and address everyone’s best interests at speed and scale.

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Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit

In 2019, we invited 165 leaders from every sector of the plastic landscape on a ship bound for the Atlantic Ocean Gyre off the coast of Bermuda. Face-to-face with the plastic Gyre, we split attendees into curated teams to create new solutions that met the following goals:

  • Achieve PCR Product Goals
  • Seek Alternative Materials
  • Build Viable Supply Chains
  • Build a Plastic Off-Set Credits Market

Out of this Summit, four new Action Accelerators were born.

POW (Plastic Pickers Operational Working Group) The single largest issue for waste pickers has been access and empowerment within global markets. This program aims to offer health care, living wage training, and micro-financing loans with project funding.

Zero Plastic Waste Communities This exercise in bringing the circular economy (and a zero plastic waste footprint) to coastal and island villages of the Global South and share those learnings with similar sized areas.

Zero Hero This program was developed with the intention of educating consumers on alternatives to plastic with best-in-class packaging solutions.

Material Metabolism Based on the foundational principles of Green Chemistry, this multi-stakeholder shared IP factory aims to develop new materials as an alternative to replace plastics.

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Our Advisory Board

Air Copeland
Executive Director
5 Gyres
Alicia Marseille
Director of Innovation
Arizona State University
Amy Clark
Co-Founder/Chief Impact Officer
Tribe Impact Capital
ANDREW ALMACK
CEO
Plastic For Change
APRIL CROW
Senior Advisor
Circulate Capital
BHARATI CHATURVIDI
Founder/Directo
Chintan
BILL TAI
Founder
ACTAI
BRIDGET CROKE
Managing Director
Closed Loop Partners
CONRAD MACKERRON
Vice President
As You Sow
CYRILL GUTSCH
CEO/Founder
Parley For the Oceans
DARCIE RENN
Director of Sustainability
Albertsons
DOUG WOODRING
Founder/Managing Director
Ocean Recovery Alliance
DUNE IVES
Executive Director
Lonely Whale
EDITH CECCHINI
Corporate Strategy/Policy
Ocean Conservancy/Trash Free
Seas Alliance
ELLEN JACKOWSKI
Global Head of Sustainability
Strategy and Innovation
HP
ERIN SIMON
Head Plastic Waste and Business
World Wildlife Fund
GIGI BRISSON
Founder/CEO
Ocean Elders
HEIKO SPECKING
Founder/Partner,
specking+partners
HUGO DE ALMEIDA
Founder
SB Oceans
IIAN ROSENBERGER
Founder/CEO
First Mile
JACK BUFFINGTON
Program Director/Professor of the Practice University of Denver
JAMES GEORGE
Network Development Lead
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
JEFF WOOSTER
Global Sustainability Director
Dow Chemical
JIM SULLIVAN
Head Global Sustainability
Innovation Accelerator
SAP
JOHN EHRMANN
President and Senior Partner
Meridian Institute
JOHN HOCEVAR
Oceans Campaign Director
Greenpeace
JOHN HOLM
VP Strategic Initiatives
PYXERA GLOBAL
JOHN REVESS
Director of Plastics and Packaging
WBCSD
JOHN WARNER
President/CTO
Warner Babcock Institute
for Green Chemistry
JULIA NOVY- HILDESLEY
Executive Director & Professor
of the Practice
Change.X,
Stanford Universit
KEEFE HARRISON
CEO
The Recycling Partnership
KEIRAN SMITH
Founder
Mr. Green Africa
KRISTIN HUGHES
Director, Global Plastic Action
Partnership
World Economic Forum
LAUREN PHIPPS
Director of Circular Economy
Greenbiz
LAUREN YARMUTH
Executive Director
Stone Barns Center
MARCUS ERIKSEN
Co-Founder
5 Gyres
MATT PRINDIVLLE
Executive Director
Upstream
MIKE BARRY
Director of Sustainability M&S
Principal, Mike Barry Eco
MIKE BIDDLE
Founder
Material Solutions
NINA BUTLER
CEO
More Recycling
NINA GOODRICH
Executive Director
Sustainable Packaging Coalition
RAKESH CHAND
Ocean Representative
NEXUS
SARAH LEWIS
Senior Director of Innovation
The Sustainability Consortium
SIMON BALDWIN
Director Singapore Hub
Second Muse
SONIA MARIA DIAS
Waste Specialist
WIEGO
TENSIE WHELAN
Director, NYU Stern Center for
Sustainable Business, Former
CEO
Rainforest Alliance
TOM GRUBER
Siri Co-Founder
Apple (Retired)
TOM SZAKY
CEO
TerraCycle
VALERIE CRAIG
VP Impact Initiatives
National Geographic
VIRGINIE HELIAS
Chief Sustainability Officer
Procter & Gamble
YARROW KRANER
Founder/CEO
HATCH Global
YONI SHIRAN
Circular Economy Expert and
Project Manager
SYSTEMIQ
MARTA LOPATA
Chief Growth Officer
Thinknum
JESSICA HOFFMAN
Operating Partner
Craft Ventures