Our vision is to stop plastic pollution in a generation

Plastic Oceans UK was founded by Jo Ruxton and Sonja Norman in 2009. They embarked on their first project, creating the film A Plastic Ocean, to raise awareness of the plastic pollution issue. That mission became a reality in January 2017, when the film launched on a global scale. The foundation has since developed 3 pillars of identity: our science, sustainability and education programmes.

We went to great lengths during the production of A Plastic Ocean to ensure that what we were saying was based on facts. For too long people have believed the media hype about a floating plastic island the size of Texas in the Pacific. That island doesn’t exist. What does exist is far more insidious.

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The Science Behind the Film

“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you are connected to the sea. No matter where you live”

Dr Sylvia Earle

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We are not an anti-plastic organisation. Plastic is an amazing product; versatile, cheap, light and its invention has changed the way we live, particularly in the world of medicine.  It’s what we do with it that’s the problem!  Plastic does not degrade, or decompose. It is virtually indestructible and you cannot simply throw it away.


“There is no ‘away’. Because plastic is so permanent and so indestructible.  When you cast it into the ocean, it does not go away”

Sir David Attenborough

We are currently producing more than 300 million tonnes of plastic every year.  Half of that we use just once, sometimes for a few seconds, then we throw is away.  The result is that we allowing around 8 million tonnes of plastic to get into our oceans every year? That is the same as global production of plastic in 1961 and it’s having a terrible impact on ocean wildlife, the environment, our well-being and ultimately our health.


“Knowledge of the ocean is more than a matter of curiosity. Our very survival may hinge upon it”

John F Kennedy

The ocean provides us more than half of the oxygen we breathe and they absorb much of the carbon dioxide we produce.  Without a healthy ocean we simply cannot survive.


Our thoughts on the Ocean Cleanup

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We are being sent so many notifications about the launch of the Ocean Cleanup boom which claims to be able to clean-up the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ within 5 years….

Plastic problem tackled head on at RWM

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With plastic pollution on consumer and business agendas, we at Plastic Oceans UK are delighted to be taking part at the RWM event and help ensure RWM truly shines a…

Introducing our Education Programmes on World Oceans Day

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Introducing Our Education Programme – it’s different! Our film, A Plastic Ocean, was the first tool of our global education work and it has already opened the hearts and minds…