Plastic Oceans was founded by Jo Ruxton and Sonjia Norman in 2009. Their aim was to raise awareness of the growing ocean plastic pollution issue. For their first project they embarked on an ambitious mission to create a film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ that would enable them to reach as many people as possible. That mission became a reality in January 2017 when the film was launched around the world.

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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“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


Plastic straws and cotton buds likely to be banned in the UK

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We are thrilled to hear cotton buds, plastic straws and other single-used plastics could be banned from sale in England next year. Theresa May is expected to make the announcement…

6th International Marine Debris Conference – Plastic Oceans UK reflections

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Plastic Oceans UK CEO Jo Ruxton and Technical Director Geoff Brighty attended the conference in San Diego, which brought together academic scientists, NGOs, Government and business to focus on the…

Plastic Oceans UK Education team goes to Bali

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Last weekend, Plastic Oceans UK ran their education programme in Bali Indonesia! 250 teenagers from 21 schools across the Asia region attended GIN Bali 2018. GIN stands for the ‘Global…