Help keep our oceans rich in life

It is vital for our survival

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?

Access our educational resources to support a new generation of plastic intelligent changemakers. Our Ocean Discovery Days provide educators with the tools they need to engage and inspire young people. These fun challenges help teams come up with 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

Plastic Free July: We’re Halfway There

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We’ve Got That Friday Feeling: Isla’s Big Clean

We've got that Friday Feeling...   This Friday, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the incredible Isla! Isla is six years old and has been inspiring all of us at Plastic Oceans UK. Decked out in her personalized neon pink safety gear, Isla is on a mission to collect...