We are so grateful for the support and inspiration from our network of members. To show our gratitude, we decided to recognize our members with our first annual People for the Planet Awards at this year’s Global Summit.
The purpose in giving out these awards is not to single out solo performers, but rather to celebrate members who exemplify shared values and attributes that make our movement stronger and that illuminate the path for others to follow. Each one of our awards recognizes a different strand in the weave of our powerful network.
These awards were truly a collaboration with recognition not only from the 1% for the Planet network, but from around the globe as voting was shared through our social media channels and open to the general public. After thousands of votes cast, it was clear that support for our network members is strong.
The votes are in! We are pleased to announce this year’s People for the Planet Awards. Congratulations to all award recipients and nominees!
1% for the Planet Partnership Award: Klean Kanteen & NatureBridge
Our 1% for the Planet Partnership of 2018 award honors a long-term partnership between a member and a nonprofit, driving deeper impact. This year, we recognized Klean Kanteen for their outstanding work with NatureBridge.
Since 2008, Klean Kanteen has supported NatureBridge, a nonprofit partner who connects young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet.
Best 1% for the Planet Member Collaboration: New York Beach Clean Up
Our Best 1% for the Planet Member Collaboration of 2018 award honors the power of joining forces to drive change, showcasing how taking action together can be more powerful than acting alone.
On September 14, 2018, our members exemplified the power of our network when Alyned Together, Tidal New York and Faherty Brand volunteered along with nonprofit partner, Surfrider Foundation to pick up 58 pounds of trash and over 2,500 tiny pieces of plastic from Fort Tilden’s shore. Members Natti Bar and Surf Sweets also donated in-kind product to fuel the event.
1% for the Planet Business Member Innovation of 2018: ByFusion
The 1% for the Planet Business Member Innovation of 2018 honors a business member who made sustainable living easier and our planet healthier in 2018.
We recognized ByFusion for their ByFusion Blocker, an industrial machine for municipalities and recycling facilities that can convert 100% of plastic waste into an advanced new building material.
Our Changemaker Awards honor a nonprofit partner, a business member, and an individual member who made a significant, innovative, or unique contribution addressing one of our issue areas of climate, food, land, pollution, water or wildlife.
1% for the Planet Nonprofit Partner Changemaker of 2018: Plastic Pollution Coalition
Our 1% for the Planet Nonprofit Partner Changemaker of 2018 is the Plastic Pollution Coalition. In 2018, Plastic Pollution Coalition, now more than 750 organizations and businesses from 60 countries on six continents, collaborated with member and partner organizations to pressure Starbucks to reduce their planetary plastic footprint. This campaign engaged more than 6 million people. In response, Starbucks announced a global phase out of plastic straws. Plastic Pollution Coalition advised on the development of numerous legislative acts to limit single-use plastic, including bags, straws, and foodware.
1% for the Planet Business Member Changemaker of 2018: Nada
Our 1% for the Planet Business Member Changemaker of 2018 is Nada. Nada is revolutionizing the way we buy, package and sell food. Once a simple pop-up shop, this zero-waste market in Vancouver, BC continued to expand its influence in 2018, changing our food industry and reducing global waste. Learn more about Nada in this Q&A with their founder Brianne Miller.
1% for the Planet Individual Member Changemaker of 2018: Chris “Webby” Webster
Our 1% for the Planet Individual Member Changemaker of 2018 is Rap artist Chris “Webby” Webster. Webby has demonstrated strategic and consistent passion and support for wildlife with nonprofit partners Big Life Foundation and Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW), each doing incredible work protecting some of the most at-risk species and conserving their habitats in Africa.
Milestone Recognition Awards: 15 Years of Membership
Last but not least, we celebrate tenacity with our Milestone Recognition Awards. We have 9 members who have been with us for 15 years: Boatyard Bar & Grill, Golden Bonefish, Grounds for Change, Jack Johnson, Paradigm Winery, Patagonia, Rising, Ship to Shore Traveler, and Surfclass.com.
This means that these members have consistently given 1% of their sales to environmental nonprofits every year for 15 years, developing deep partnerships with on-the-ground nonprofits, truly driving change. These members are our heroes and beacons.
We look forward to seeing all of the ways our inspiring partnerships, member collaborations and innovative leadership evolve in our network over the next year. We hope these awards spark inspiration and motivation to take your 1% for the Planet commitment to the next level in 2019. We can’t wait to see who’s on stage at next year’s Global Summit!