Eric Downing standing in front of treed valley

Eric Downing, Director, Communications, Marketing and Brand

Eric has devoted his career to marketing and communications, equally split between the nonprofit sector and the outdoor-products industry. His experience in consumer-packaging design and production, combined with his mission-focused work, fuels his passion to help the U.S. Plastics Pact achieve its crucial mission. As Communications, Marketing & Brand Director, Eric leads strategies to grow public awareness and support of the U.S. Plastics Pact mission and provides resources for its partners and stakeholders to do the same.

Why I Care About the Circular Economy

“A circular economy is perhaps the only viable path to solve the plastics crisis. It acknowledges the current reliance on plastics in our world but provides a holistic system for its use based on renewal rather than waste.”

Personal Passions and Interests

Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, especially when it involves experiencing the outdoors. He loves hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, and family road trips.


• Degrees in Journalism and English from the University of Alaska Anchorage


Want to reach out to Eric? You can email him at edowning @

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