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1 Plastic Life

"Empowering communities, one plastic at a time"

aka 1plasticlife   |   LOS ANGELES, CA   |  https://www.1plasticlife.org/

Mission

1 PLASTIC LIFE is a non profit organization focused on reducing plastic pollution in low income communities, by providing job training opportunities to homeless and unemployed people.

Ruling year info

2018

Chief Excecutive Officer

Armando Ochoa

Main address

4300 STILLWELL AVE

LOS ANGELES, CA 90032 USA

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EIN

82-4751909

NTEE code info

Recycling (C27)

Employment Training (J22)

Recycling (C27)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

"1 Plastic Life" embarks on a visionary mission in the heart of Los Angeles, seeking to tackle the interwoven challenges of homelessness, unemployment, and the global menace of plastic pollution. Our primary goals are twofold: first, to cultivate trusting relationships with individuals facing adversities, guiding them through transformative steps towards a brighter future. Second, we are committed to mobilizing essential resources to address the common challenges encountered by homeless individuals, seamlessly connecting them with organizations that propel their progress. In the spirit of innovation, we envision revolutionizing employment opportunities through cutting-edge, part-time job training in the dynamic field of plastic recycling. Simultaneously, we extend our impact to the younger generation by educating and inspiring youth about the critical issue of plastic pollution. Recognizing that only by teaching the youth about plastic pollution can we shape a sustainable future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Plastic recycling

1 Plastic Life, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Los Angeles, addresses plastic pollution in low-income communities. We collect plastics from local organizations, offering job training to the homeless and unemployed. Our initiatives include:

1. Strategic Partnerships: Collaborating with businesses to collect plastic waste for recycling.

2. Job Creation: Providing employment opportunities to those facing homelessness and unemployment.

3. Technological Innovation:** Engineering machines for plastic waste recycling, creating beautiful creations sold for donations.

4. Community Education: Advocating for reduced single-use plastics, promoting sustainable alternatives.

5. Educational Resources: Empowering underprivileged individuals through educational support.

6. Environmental Stewardship: Sponsoring beach and community cleanups to foster communal responsibility.

Youth Education Programs:
Conducting educational classes on plastic pollution, inspiring the youth for a more sustainable future.

Population(s) Served

To support homeless individuals effectively, we recognize the significance of understanding their needs. Plastic recycling emerges as a valuable avenue for engagement and meaningful employment. Tasks like sorting, cleaning, and shredding plastic are accessible to many homeless individuals, allowing us to work directly with them, gaining insights into their requirements and avenues for enhancing their lives. Presently, we are enrolled in the HMIS program through the Los Angeles Homeless Housing Authority. This enrollment provides us with access to organizations offering services to address prevalent issues like drug abuse, mental health, transitional housing, and job placement.

Population(s) Served

Our organization fervently supports the collection and recycling of plastic waste as an effective strategy to combat the plastic pollution crisis. Recognizing the crucial role of education, particularly among young minds, we emphasize the need to educate them about the impacts of plastic usage on the environment. Committed to nurturing future leaders, we provide essential tools and resources to empower young people in developing sustainable solutions to address plastic pollution.

In pursuit of this objective, we've launched educational programs tailored for middle school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Our determination extends to expanding this initiative to more schools within the district in the near future. We firmly believe that by imparting knowledge and empowering the youth, we contribute to creating a more sustainable future for our planet.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Unemployed people, Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Working poor

Related Program

Plastic recycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the persons we already helped: Rosa, Sunny, Rex, Jhone, Jessy, Edgar, Girl by food for less, Guy that was with her, Jesy

Number of people accessing aids or adaptations as a percentage of the number of people receiving a service from the Occupational Therapy service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Working poor, Immigrants

Related Program

Plastic recycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rex is the person that received help

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Working poor, Immigrants

Related Program

Plastic recycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This person was Rex

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people, Working poor, Immigrants

Related Program

Plastic recycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This person is Rex

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Victims and oppressed people, Unemployed people, Substance abusers

Related Program

Plastic recycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This person is Rex

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Victims and oppressed people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Plastic recycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This person is Rex

Number of clients who achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Substance abusers, Victims and oppressed people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Plastic recycling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This person is Rex

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Fostering Transformational Connections:
We aspire to cultivate trusting relationships with individuals confronting challenges like homelessness. Our goal is to inspire and guide them through life-changing steps, empowering them to forge a brighter future.

2. Resource Mobilization for Sustainable Progress:
Committed to assembling vital resources, we address the common challenges faced by homeless individuals. By connecting them with the right organizations, we aim to facilitate a seamless journey towards sustained progress and empowerment.

3. Revolutionizing Employment Opportunities:
Embracing innovation, we envision establishing cutting-edge, part-time job training programs in the dynamic field of plastic recycling. As individuals undergo training, we actively collaborate with them or facilitate connections to secure full-time employment, fostering a pathway to economic independence and environmental impact.

4. Inspiring the Next Generation:
Acknowledging the pivotal role of education, our goal is to run educational classes at local schools. By imparting knowledge about plastic pollution, we aim to inspire and inform the youth. Recognizing that only by teaching the youth about plastic pollution can we shape a sustainable future, your invaluable support becomes a catalyst for positive change

1. Empowering Relationships for Transformation:
Our foremost strategy is to build meaningful relationships with individuals facing challenges. We aim to instill a sense of equality, encouragement, and confidence, demonstrating our unwavering belief in their ability to succeed and improve their lives.

2. Collaborative Partnerships for Holistic Support:
To amplify our impact, we're dedicated to creating a robust network of partnerships with like-minded nonprofits, organizations, and services that align with our vision. These collaborations will enable us to seamlessly refer individuals to comprehensive programs that address their specific needs, fostering a holistic approach to support.

3. Innovative Recycling Solutions for Sustainability
In addressing the global menace of plastic pollution, we plan to leverage manufacturing machines to recycle single-use plastics. By collecting recyclables from local companies and organizations, we aim to make a sustainable impact, transforming plastic waste into reusable materials. This not only contributes to environmental conservation but also promotes a circular economy.

4. Educational Empowerment through Outreach:
Integral to our strategy is the educational empowerment of both individuals and the youth. By conducting classes at local schools and community centers, we aim to raise awareness about plastic pollution, instill environmentally conscious values, and inspire positive actions for a sustainable future.

5. Advocacy and Community Engagement:
We will actively engage in advocacy and community outreach to create a wider understanding of the challenges we aim to address. This involves utilizing various communication channels to share our vision, encouraging community involvement, and garnering support for our initiatives.

6. Continuous Monitoring and Adaptation:
Recognizing the dynamic nature of our goals, we will implement a system of continuous monitoring and adaptation. This involves regularly assessing the effectiveness of our strategies, making adjustments based on feedback, and ensuring that our initiatives evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.

1. Empathetic and Experienced Team:
Our organization boasts a dedicated team with a deep commitment to fostering positive change. With a blend of empathy and expertise, we are poised to build trusting relationships with individuals facing challenges, guiding them towards transformative steps.

2. Strategic Partnerships and Networking:
Leveraging our ability to create meaningful partnerships, we have established a robust network with nonprofits, organizations, and services that share our vision. This network enhances our capacity to refer individuals to comprehensive programs and provide holistic support.

3. Technological Innovation for Recycling:
"1 Plastic Life" is at the forefront of technological innovation. We are currently building and fabricating modifying machines with prototyping capabilities for recycling single-use plastics. This not only contributes to environmental sustainability but also allows us to offer unique, beautiful plastic creations, fostering a sustainable future.

4. Educational Outreach Expertise:
In the realm of education, we possess the expertise to conduct impactful outreach programs. Our team is adept at designing and delivering educational initiatives, including classes at local schools, to raise awareness about plastic pollution and inspire positive actions in the community.

5. Advocacy and Communication Skills:
Our organization excels in advocacy and community engagement. With a keen understanding of the power of online presence, our volunteer staff, possessing the necessary skills, helps us gain higher levels of visibility and support. Through connections with the precious plastic community, a global network of recyclers dedicated to fighting plastic pollution, we receive support and collaboration. Our partners continuously share our work and journey with their networks and online audience, amplifying our impact.

6. Adaptive and Responsive Approach:
Recognizing the dynamic nature of our goals, we have cultivated an adaptive and responsive approach. Regular monitoring and evaluation allow us to assess the effectiveness of our strategies, make necessary adjustments, and ensure that our initiatives evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.

Accomplishments:

1. Empowering Transformations:
Through trust-building relationships and transformative programs, we've empowered individuals facing challenges, fostering a brighter future.

2. Holistic Support Network:
Strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations have expanded our support network, enabling comprehensive assistance for individuals in need.

3. Innovative Recycling Solutions:
Ongoing work in building recycling machines with prototyping capabilities showcases our commitment to sustainability and creative plastic reuse.

4. Educational Impact:
Our educational outreach has successfully raised awareness about plastic pollution, inspiring the next generation to adopt environmentally conscious practices.

5. Public Recognition and Collaboration:
Public interest has led to collaborations at City events and with private businesses, reinforcing the relevance and impact of our mission.


6. CalRecycle Certified:
"1 Plastic Life" is proud to be certified by Cal Recycle, signifying our commitment to community and environmental impact.

7. HMIS Program Enrollment:
Enrollment in the HMIS program provides enhanced access to a range of resources for individuals, including mental health, drug abuse support, and housing assistance.

8. Successful LAUSD School Collaboration:
Our collaboration with a local Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, teaching middle school students about plastic pollution, has been highly successful. This achievement has paved the way for expanding our educational initiatives to more schools.

Next Steps:

1. Expanding Existing Initiatives:
Building on our successful involvement with Cal Recycle, HMIS, and LAUSD schools, we are gearing up to expand these initiatives to make an even greater impact.

2. Scaling Impactful Programs:
We aim to scale transformative programs for a broader reach and increased positive change.

3. Enhancing Recycling Capabilities:
Continuous improvement of recycling machines will increase efficiency and broaden our impact on plastic pollution.

4. Expanding Educational Initiatives:
Building on successful outreach, we plan to expand educational initiatives to reach more schools and communities.

5. Strengthening Collaborations:
Ongoing efforts to strengthen existing collaborations and establish new partnerships will amplify our impact.

Financials

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1 Plastic Life

Board of directors
as of 11/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Armando Ochoa

1 Plastic Life

Term: 2018 -

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/20/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data