Let's stop plastic reaching the ocean within a generation

Using science to engage with schools and communities and rethink our attitude to plastic.

Plastic Oceans UK, established in 2009, was the first NGO to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on our ocean. Our work is based on proven science and our own experience. We inspire people to make real-life positive changes to prevent ocean plastic pollution.

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year. This causes great harm to marine ecosystems. We depend on the ocean for our survival.

80% of plastic that reaches our ocean comes from you and me – from what citizens throw away. We are developing tools, resources and activities that will inspire people to live more sustainably with plastic. Take on the challenge with us!

Can we relearn plastic?

Click through to access tools and resources that will help activate a new generation of plastic intelligent changemakers.

Our Ocean Discovery Day workshops provide facilitators and teachers with the tools they need to engage and inspire young people. These fun and engaging challenges help teams come up with their own science-based solutions that will develop plastic intelligent schools and communities.

How can you get involved?


Individuals and Communities


Science and Research

Start tackling your plastic habits with this guide:

Watch our seminal documentary ‘A Plastic Ocean’ praised by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time”.

The production team led by Jo Ruxton, experienced the issue first-hand, right at the ocean centres. It ignited mass consumer awareness and was even the reason the BBC’s Blue Planet II production included a sequence about plastic in their environmental episode.

Latest Updates

Ghost Fishing is Haunting our shores

  Our science team has been deep-diving into the scary reality of ghost fishing, the process of creating mass graveyards of marine creatures, and the destruction of marine habitats. What is Ghost Fishing? Ghost Fishing occurs when discarded fishing equipment continues...

Competition Time!

We are super excited to announce the launch of a brand new competition alongside Ocean Revival! We are scouting the country to find the next Einstien - and we are not just talking about the lockdown hairstyle. For a chance to win a visit to your school from both the...

Friday Feeling: Alpha FMC

Today we are introducing the amazing Alpha FMC into our Plastic Oceans UK Family! We are delighted to announce that Alpha FMC has chosen Plastic Oceans UK as their Charity of the Year 2020. Throughout the year, the team shall be partaking in their own fundraising...