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Recycle Now – Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP and used locally by over 90% of English authorities. They help people to recycle more things, more often. More than six out of ten of us now describe ourselves as committed recyclers, compared to less than half when the campaign began in 2004. Find out where you can recycle locally if you’re in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

The Zero Waster – There are many shops throughout the UK that will allow you refill your own bags and containers, saving on food and packaging waste, but many of them are shy and won’t shout about what they do. So The ZeroWaster has done the hard work for you, and presents you with this guide. Just bring your own bags or containers, and fill with as much or as little as you need. I recommend calling first if you’re looking for something specific.

A Plastic Planet – Early 2017, A Plastic Planet co-founders, Frederikke Magnussen and Siân Sutherland launched their first award-winning campaign for A Plastic Free Aisle – two self-confessed plastic addicts, two unreasonable women who could stand by no longer once they became aware of what we are all collectively doing to our oceans, our land and ultimately to our own health. A Plastic Planet is now an army of like-minded passionate people, experts in all relevant fields, standing up for the public who want the choice to buy plastic free.

Ocean Recovery Alliance – The mission of Ocean Recovery Alliance is to reduce plastic pollution on land and water by creating strategic solutions for governments, industry and communities which lead to long-term, hands-on engaging business practices. Their mission is achieved through purposefully designed programs to educate, build awareness and provide solutions which inspire positive societal change at the community, national and international levels.

City to Sea – City to Sea are committed to preventing plastic pollution at source – reducing the need for recycling in the first place by advocating reuse and providing practical solutions to the single-use water bottles such as our Refill campaign.

United Nations Environment Programme – “Our mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.”

Sky Ocean Rescue – “We’re working with WWF to protect and restore our amazing oceans”.Because oceans have no borders, plastic pollution isn’t just a problem that affects far flung islands in the Pacific, it’s spoiling our beaches too; polluting our drinking water and killing wildlife. Our oceans generate our oxygen and provide food and livelihoods for millions of people. They’re also home to incredible animals like dolphins, whales and turtles. But our oceans are under greater pressure than ever before from threats like pollution. No one person or business can solve this, it’s up to all of us, together.

The Waste & Resources Action Programme – Between 2010 and 2015 in England alone, WRAP initiatives reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50 million tonnes (Mt), which is equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions of Portugal.Their five year plan, ‘Resource Revolution, Creating the Future’ sets out how businesses, organisations and consumers can be part of a resource revolution that will re-invent, re-think and re-define how we use materials. 

EllipsisEnvironmental – “Our mission is to map the distribution of litter on local and global scales to better understand its sources and harmful impacts, and to apply this knowledge to educate and affect change, to reduce and ultimately prevent the havoc wrought on our oceans and its life by litter and plastic waste. “

The Ocean Clean Up -The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.By utilizing the ocean currents to our advantage, our passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years’ time.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works in Education & Training, Business & Government, Insight & Analysis, Systemic Initiatives and Communications to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Parley for the Oceans – Parley for the Oceans addresses major threats towards our oceans, the most important ecosystem of our planet. They believe the power for change lies in the hands of the consumer – given we all have a choice – and the power to shape this new consumer mindset lies in the hands of the creative industries.

Beat the Microbead – Are dedicated to raising awareness surrounding the use of microplastic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. They have a Product Checker where you can search for microplastic free cosmetics by country and product type. They are coded RED for bad, ORANGE for questionable, GREEN for microplastic free product but manufacturer does still use some and ZERO is self explanatory.

Oberk.com – This is an innovative packaging company that is dedicated to creating packaging solutions that have minimum negative impact on the environment. They also have loads of interesting information on plastic pollution. Thanks to young ecosaviour Jacob for pointing this site out to me!

Zero Waste Scotland – Our mission is to influence and enable change – from gathering evidence and informing policy, to motivating practical behaviour change in individuals and organisations through our programmes and brands. We also make direct interventions to effect change, commonly in the form of finance, business support, technical advice, training and competence development or communications support.

The Plastic Soup Foundation – Plastic Soup Foundation raises awareness of the “plastic soup” effect that waste plastic has in our oceans as it breaks down into toxin absorbing micro plastic. 

5 Gyres Institute – “In 2008, Marcus and I met on a sailing expedition to research pollution in the North Pacific Gyre. As we sailed from Hawaii to Los Angeles, we collected samples of broken down plastics tragically mixed with marine life. But at night, we saw something even more alarming. Small fish that surfaced nocturnally to feed were mistaking contaminated plastic waste for food. As these fish were consumed by larger predators, the toxins were working their way up the food chain—and onto our plates. We vowed to dedicate our lives to solving the problem”

For A Strawless Ocean – Plastic straws end up in the ocean primarily through human error, often 1) left on beaches in coastal communities and seaside resorts globally 2) littered OR 3) blown out of trash cans (oftentimes overfilled) or transport boats and vehicles.While some city’s waste management infrastructure is sound (like Seattle, for instance), not all communities have the same level of accountability.Remember, all gutters and storm drains lead to our ocean!

WWF – This is our call to action, to everyone. Mums and dads, students and CEOs. Individuals, business, government. You don’t have to be an environmentalist. You just have to agree that we must be more careful with our one and only home.

Greenpeace – When plastic breaks down it doesn’t disappear, it gets smaller creating tiny particles called microplastics. Even clothes made from artificial materials shed microplastic fibres when they’re washed. Microbeads, another type of microplastic, are sometimes added to products such as cosmetics and toothpaste. Impossible to filter from waste water, they end up in our oceans. Find out how to get involved.

Friends of the Earth  – “Together with our partners in the Women’s Institute, we’ve launched a piece of legislation called the Plastic Pollution Bill.The Bill calls for a phase out of plastic pollution. It commits this and future governments to stopping the flow of plastic into our waterways and oceans.The Bill is already gathering pace, with MPs from across the main parties as well as many other charities and organisations supporting it.” Help get the plastic Pollution Bill through parliament now.

One Less Bottle -The #OneLess pioneer network is a group of organisations that are leading London’s refill revolution.Their members include corporates, councils and local authorities, academic institutions and schools, emerging innovators, landmark London events and venues, small and medium sized enterprises, community groups, and grass-roots campaigns – along with many others.All the #OneLess pioneers are working to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic bottled water and encourage and enable ‘refilling’ instead.

Plastic Adrift – This website has a map where you can plot a point and see how plastic travels in that area.

Jamstec – Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has the main objective to contribute to the advancement of academic research in addition to the improvement of marine science and technology by proceeding the fundamental research and development on marine, and the cooperative activities on the academic research related to the Ocean for the benefit of the peace and human welfare.

Polymateria – Polymateria is a British business developing a new standard in biodegradable and compostable plastics. Our scientists have created a breakthrough, proprietary formulation for plastics – called Biotransformation – that makes it possible.Solutions proposed in the past have been ineffective and don’t go far enough – we exist to go further.

Econyl – ECONYL® regenerated nylon is a product that can help you close the loop. Made from waste, it’s infinitely recyclable and can unleash infinite possibilities for makers, creators and consumers. It’s all part of the ECONYL® brand vision to make the world a better place by pioneering closed loop regeneration processes and delivering sustainable products.

Finisterre – “For over 15 years we have made hardy products that are fit for purpose and cause as little environmental impact as possible. Sustainability is a part of who we are, it’s our way of life. It’s not PR. It’s not good marketing. It’s in our DNA. From farm, to factory, to Finisterre; we are proud to do things differently”. 

Giki – Do you know what’s in your cleaning and personal care products? Discover whether your food is packed with additives or whether you’ve chosen a healthy option. We want to help you find out. Download the app, scan the barcode and see which badges are awarded. It’s that simple to discover what’s good for you, better for the environment and fairer to others.