We are Planet First Foundation founded in 2019 by our president and CEO, Samuel Melnick.  Planet First Foundation is a non-partisan education foundation and think tank driven to create solutions to the dominant causes of adverse climate change.  


Planet First Foundation was born while Sam traveled to Costa Rica in summer 2019. Costa Rica has run on 100% renewable energy for as long as 299 days in a single stretch.  With its unique geography, forward thinking solutions, and commitment to sustainability, Costa Rica has used its rivers, volcanoes, wind and solar power to generate its country's power.  By the year 2021, Costa Rica plans to be completely carbon neutral.


Planet First Foundation's guiding principles concern the following:

(A) Reduction of the unnecessary use of non-recyclable items and overuse of single-use plastic items,

(B) Shifting of our habits toward  reliance on reusable (or compostable) items, 

(C) Facilitation of recycling in our work places, social gathering  places  (i.e., theaters, parks, malls, schools, sports arenas, food courts, concerts halls, churches, synagogues, mosks, hotels, universities, etc.) and more, which efforts are essential to a sustainable environment, and

(D) Bringing about quick and effective solutions to achieve the larger goal of greater sustainability through reduced waste.  

It’s all about reducing single-use plastics.  We raise funds to support others to carry out these changes in their homes and work places and daily life:
  • Carry Reusable Bags to avoid using a Plastic Bag
  • Use Plastic-Free Containers
  • Travel near or far with your gear - Bamboo cutlery and a non-plastic food tray, straw and water bottle
  • Buy in bulk to avoid using extensive food packaging
  • Always recycle good plastics, glass and metals
  • Carry a reusable coffee cup or flask
If it’s plastic or nothing, you can always choose nothing.
By acting now, we can create a better future for our all of us, our future generations and our planet.


Planet First Foundation is an environmental nonprofit  charity that is committed to reducing reliance on single-use plastics in increasing recycling to reduce our footprint.

Founded in the United States in 2019 by Samuel Melnick, Planet First Foundation is focused on becoming one of the most effective organizations targeting a reduction of the excess creation of non-recyclable waste.  Scientists have long recognized that plastics biodegrade slowly, if at all, and pose multiple threats to wildlife on land and in oceans through entanglement and consumption.  More recent reports highlight dangers posed by absorption of toxic chemicals in the water and by plastic odors that mimic some species’ natural food.


Our task is not an easy one ... Between 1989 and 1994 the beverage industry spent $14 million to defeat the National Bottle Bill.  But plastic ends up buried underneath tons of trash.  Its harmful toxic chemicals  leach into the ground and into groundwater potentially contaminating drinking water supplies, rivers, streams, and eventually the ocean.

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