City to Sea

Stemming the tide on marine plastic pollution, from City to Sea.

We’re a collective of local organisations, practitioners, scientists, marine biologists & campaigners addressing the plastic problem at a city level.

Our objectives are to reduce the amount of plastic litter flowing from Bristol into the Severn Estuary, by phasing out single-use plastics and creating a replicable model that can be shared with other coastal and river based cities.

Our first project, Refill Bristol, launched late Summer 2015 and is currently rolling out to other UK cities.

Take a look around:

Bristol’s Plastic Problem

Video evidence of the issue we’re facing in Bristol.

Refill Bristol

Our city-wide campaign that to promote drinking water around the city – direct from the tap!

Join Us!

Find out how you can be a part of the solution, come to our next meeting or get in touch!


nhs bags

8 million tonnes in the Ocean? NHS using 8 million plastic bags a year!

Did you know that more than 8,320,000 single use plastic bags are about to be used every year by your NHS? Sign the petition and help stop this going through!

This is how NHS England see the future - single use plastic bags. And it looks like we have no choice in the matter. Our paper notes will be transferred between GP practices using over 160,000 single use plastic bags every week.

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Refill Bristol

'Refillable Cities' wins a place on the Geovation Programme!

Despite tough competition from all over Britain, we're very happy to announce that we won two awards to scale up Refill Bristol into a national ‘Refill Britain’ campaign at the Geovation Camp, held last weekend at the Ordnance Survey Headquarters in Southampton.

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Getting the Council to do its bit in cutting Single Use Plastics


We've always seen Bristol City Council as a natural partner in tackling the problem of marine plastic pollution at source. In fact we believe that the council has an amazing opportunity to be a world leader in this field. With our year as Green Capital drawing to an end it was time to work closer with the Mayor and Council to create a lasting legacy that other cities can learn from and imitate the world over.

In the first Full Council of 2016 Cllr Gus Hoyt – a founding member of the City to Sea steering group and key team-member of Refill Bristol – took a Motion which outlined constructive and step-by-step ways in which the City Council as property owner, caterer, landlord and events licenser could play a key role in lowering the mount of SUP (Single-Use Plastics) Bristol wastes every year.

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Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett talks Microbeads with City to Sea (2 minute video)

At the end of December 2015, Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett made the call for manufacturers to be banned from using microbeads in cosmetics and soaps sold in the UK. She made the announcement after US president Barack Obama signed a new law banning the selling of products with the polluting plastic particles in them.

Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that are needlessly added to hundreds of personal care products around the world. They pass straight down the sink or shower, into the drains and directly into the sewer system. Our sewage treatment plants can't filter out microbeads, hence the reason they're causing havoc in our oceans. A recent analysis estimated that 8 trillion microbeads wind up in aquatic habitats every day in the U.S. alone. That’s enough to cover more than 300 tennis courts every day, according to a scientific opinion article published this month in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

So when Natalie Bennett came to Bristol, City to Sea founder Natalie Fee thought she's ask her what more can be done to bring about a ban in the UK.

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Refill Bristol joins 'Bristol 2016: It Doesn't Stop Here' Campaign

We're delighted that Refill Bristol has been asked by Bristol 2015 to take part in their 2016: It Doesn't Stop Here Campaign'. Bristol may have passed the mantle of European Green Capital to Ljubljana at the end of last year, but the initiatives started as part of Bristol 2015 are sustaining momentum right into 2016. 

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