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Costa Kick Plastic Ambassador Program for Eyecare Professionals

In an effort to address the estimated 420 million plastic lenses (including new purchases and redos) disposed of by the optical industry every two years, Costa launched an ambitious new plan, paving the way for eyecare professionals and the optical industry to tackle the problem, according to Costa. PPS is supporting the Kick Plastic Ambassador Program and the accompanying Lens Recycling Program, an innovative initiative that encourages eyecare professionals to collect, recycle and repurpose plastic lenses from optical frames or sunglasses.

Aquarium Conservation Partnership "First Step" Campaign Business Engagement Strategy

First Step is a campaign of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP), a coalition of 22 U.S. aquariums taking action together to advance ocean and freshwater conservation. ACP's primary goal is to reduce the sources of ocean and freshwater plastic pollution by using a mix of consumer, business, and policy strategies, starting with our own commitment. Plastic Pollution Solutions is supporting ACP members to engage 500+ businesses to participate in "First Step" from November 1, 2018 - April 22, 2019.

COSTA x SURFRIDER 35 Beach Cleanups

Costa Sunglasses is celebrating 35 years of providing the best polarized sunglasses on the planet by partnering with Surfrider Foundation to clean 35 beaches around the country from October 1 to December 31, 2018. Plastic Pollution Solutions has helped Costa's Kick Plastic campaign organize and promote these popular events for Costa's community and retails accounts.

Costa Sunglasses - Kick Plastic Campaign

Costa is the leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest, polarized performance sunglasses. The iconic eyewear company was "born on the water" by a group of fisherman and is deeply concerned by the issue of marine plastic pollution. In 2015 Costa launched the Kick Plastic campaign with the goal of reducing their internal plastic footprint and activating their community to take action as well. Current projects with Costa include providing issue insight, campaign strategy, partnership management, community engagement initiatives, education program development and marketing support.

Costa Sunglasses - Kick Plastic Guide & Outfitter Program

In 2017 Costa launched a community action plan to activate fishing guides & outfitters to help achieve the goal of eliminating single-use plastic water bottles from guide boats within the decade. Program partners Yeti and Klean Kanteen offer steeply discounted products to help guides adopt best practices and broaden the Kick Plastic movement. Costa estimates that more than 1 million single-use plastic water bottles have been eliminated since the program's launch.

South Carolina Aquarium - Breaking Down Plastic 

The South Carolina Aquarium hosted a world-class conference on ocean plastic pollution in 2017, bringing together international experts from multiple disciplines including scientists, government officials, non-profits, youth educators, activists and the corporate world to dialogue on solutions to this issue. Plastic Pollution Solutions advised the Aquarium on desired outcomes, programming, agenda, suggested speakers and partners.

The 5 Gyres Institute - Multiple Projects

5 Gyres is the premier researcher of ocean plastic pollution that activates youth, consumers, businesses and policy-makers to implement solutions to the issue. Multiple projects at 5 Gyres included organizational strategizing, implementing and/or managing global partnerships with the United Nations, U.S. State Department and other NGOs, fundraising, corporate partnerships and consumer activations with organizations including LUSH, Whole Foods, Klean Kanteen and others.

The 5 Gyres Institute - LUSH Marketing Campaign

Secured and implemented a partnership with LUSH Fresh Cosmetics in support of 5 Gyres Microbeads Campaign. 2000 LUSH employees were educated about the campaign and "Ban The Bead" marketing elements were on display in 400 storefronts in the U.S. and Canada. A stunning short video about the campaign was also released.

JUNK Film + Speaking + Exhibit TOUR

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, international plastic pollution expert, takes audiences of all ages on an adventure in his 30 minute film JUNK, based on the book he wrote detailing 88 days at sea, adrift in the North Pacific Gyre. JUNK will be screened in Europe and around the US through 2019. Click here for more information.


"You are changing the world! Today I opened a box of tea to find it packaged in individual plastic bags and said, 'Well, I'll never get this brand again, look at the bags!' My 12-year-old daughter replied, 'We should do one better, Mom. We should do one of the little steps we learned at school from Ms. Colabello and use our purchasing power to start change. We should send that plastic wrapper back to the company and tell them we aren't buying their products unless they stop using plastic.'"

"Probably the most informative sustainability/recycling lecture I've heard."

"Lia demonstrates a rare capacity to both develop a long-term global vision and attend to the daily details of a global effort. She brings an infectious enthusiasm to her working relationships that facilitates her diplomacy. Lia is patient in fostering understanding of aspects of her program and aggressive in achieving agreed upon strategic initiatives."


"Lia is remarkable. She has an amazing energy, and she can write and communicate, and ignite action in others like no one else. She is a fantastic and trustworthy individual, leader and colleague. I'm thankful to have the opportunity to work with her."


"Topping my endorsement list of Lia is this: “She is a joy to work with.” She is professional, thorough, dependable, organized, punctual, creative, insightful and, importantly: fun."

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