In July 2018 TKF brought together practitioners, funders, innovators and change-makers to tackle the challenge: OCEANS SOS - PLASTIC POLLUTION. We provided a platform for conversations and collaborations between people and entities who can, together, develop and fund solutions to effectively address the problem of the over-abundance of plastic in our oceans and to bring our marine eco-systems back to health.


We would like to thank: Common Seas who supported us as topic specialists to help shape the Forum’s content and flag some of the many challenges in this complex issue; Action for Conservation for providing the vital voice of young people through their thought-provoking short film; our sponsor XPRIZE and other private and in-kind sponsors for their generous support; the TKF Friends, our community of supporters who play a key role in advancing the mission and vision of TKF; the TKF Ambassadors for supporting and connecting us; the TKF Advisory Board for guiding us; The TKF Board of Trustees for providing our foundation; our countless hosts in Klosters who opened their homes and their businesses and warmly welcomed the TKF team, participants and friends; and all the helpers and volunteers who worked tirelessly to create a smooth and seamlessly organised Forum.

We also thank our distinguished, inspirational and expert TKF Participants for travelling from around the world to join us in finding solutions to the challenge of how to stem the flow of plastics into the ocean. We are grateful that the TKF Participants were so generous with their time and energy and that they shared their expertise with one another to explore a range of solutions.

The TKF Participants helped us to fulfill the mission we set out - to convene and connect relevant, impact- ful and committed stakeholders, raise awareness of the issues and address the complexity of the plastics challenge. We look forward to seeing how the seeds of collaborative projects, planted in Klosters, develop and we look forward to seeing many return next year from 26–28 June 2019 to build on the work of TKF 2018 and to drive forward solutions to tackle the plastic tide.

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The following outcomes are the objectives of our Forum:

Accelerating Change

Initiating Collaborations

Avoiding Duplication of Work

Networking for Good



TKF creates a space in which time is set aside for participants with relevant backgrounds to focus on a single issue. We have heard too often, from NGOs, investors, entrepreneurs, that their schedules do not usually allow for this deep thinking. Our focus is on creating viable solutions, which we do by creating networks, brokering collaborations and incubating thought leadership. 



Due to high demand and limited space availability, we kindly ask you to consider the application requirements below: 

Stakeholders invited include experts and players along the entire plastics value chain who possess:

  • The scientific, technological, industrial and/ or practical knowledge and experience to identify the causes and the potential solutions to the flow of plastics into marine environments;

  • The decision-making power to drive, implement and/ or scale the changes needed to turn the plastic tide;

  • The financial or other resources to implement, scale or accelerate solutions identified.  

In short, all attendees must be identifiable as a key part of the problem and/ or a solution.

Invited participants include: environmental NGOs, philanthropists, foundations, policy-makers, lawyers, plastics manufacturers, manufacturers of alternative materials, designers, retailers, consumer brands, investors, recyclers, waste managers, marine biologists, chemists, social scientists, artists and tech innovators.


Invitees are invited to apply to attend and after application are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The individual/ organisation possesses the requisite knowledge/ experience and/ or resources outlined above;

  • The individual possesses sufficient decision-making power in his/ her organisation to be able to implement any commitments made whilst in Klosters;

  • The individual/ organisation demonstrates a willingness to collaborate and act to play a part in the systemic change needed;

  • In order to keep the balance and proportionate representation of stakeholders, the numbers in each category of stakeholders will be capped.

Applicants who are unsuccessful will be invited to join as TKF Friends.


Whilst focused working groups are limited to selected subject matter experts, if you are interested in the topic, please join us, as a TKF Friend, for the open forum programme which will include panel discussions, film screenings, drinks receptions and private dinners. Please find some more information about TKF Friends when you click on the ticket links below.


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The Common Seas initiative is adopting a Wedges approach to inspire a common framework to reduce the threats of marine plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution is a pressing global issue with many transboundary environmental and social implications, magnified by an expanding world population and rapid economic growth. Like climate change, there is no one solution that exists; a range of interventions need to occur simultaneously at different spatial scales to manoeuvre toward a common goal of zero plastic entering the ocean.

Many would argue that we already possess the fundamental scientific, technological, industrial, and lifestyle knowledge for ocean plastic interventions, but the question remains as to how we significantly scale this knowledge to produce systemic change. To create a lasting impact at a scale beyond what any one group can achieve requires a globally collaborative and results-oriented approach. To inspire sufficient investment in solutions, a portfolio of interventions must be developed using the best available data that represents the consensus of the scientific community. Based on this portfolio, modeling methods can be used to evaluate the efficacy of each intervention, helping leaders and decision-makers prioritize and implement evidence-based solutions that quantifiably reduce ocean plastic.

Participants of The Klosters Forum have played an instrumental role in designing a dynamic approach to delivering Wedges for marine plastic pollution.