City to Sea

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

We’re a collective of local environmental campaigners, consultants & marine biologists addressing plastic pollution 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 Refill campaign launched late Summer 2015 and is currently rolling out to other UK cities.  Our cotton bud campaign, Switch the Stick, launches Summer 2016.

Take a look around:

Bristol’s Plastic Problem

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

Refill Campaign

Our national campaign to promote drinking water around on the go – 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!


Solutions to Plastic Pollution at the Festival of Nature!

After months of planning and the generous support of Natracare, it was great to finally  set up at the Festival of Nature, meet the lovely attendees a20160612_144507nd engage them with the problems and practical solutions of plastic marine plastic.

Alby the Albatross proved a real eye-catcher as children discovered what she had been eating for dinner. 'What's not yummy in the Albatross' tummy?' - you guessed it - bottle top lids and lighters.

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Spark Something Good

We at City to Sea were delighted to be one of the organisations selected for the Bristol Spark Something Good week. Eight Marks & Spencer stores from Weston to Yate took part in Spark Something Good, which saw 300 volunteers give up over 2,000 hours for free, in order to make a positive difference.

Director of Plan A at Marks & Spencer, Mike Barry commented: “There’s a tremendous sense of camaraderie when people come together to give something back to their local community and that’s exactly what Spark Something Good is all about. I’m thrilled that Bristol has embraced our initiative in this way and got stuck in, and I’m proud to have played a small part.”

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City to Sea at the Bristol Festival of Nature

We’re curating part of the Ocean area at this year's Bristol Festival of Nature from the 11-12th June! We'll have interactive installations and be running solutions-focused workshops highlighting the problems with plastic getting into our rivers and oceans.

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The City to Sea area has been created thanks to the support of Natracare who are also providing free samples for us to give away as well as products to sell in our solutions shop.

We’ll also be demonstrating how to shop plastic-free with our 'scoop shop' thanks to Essential Trading who are supplying a load of loose products for hungry festival-goers to buy! We'll also have Elephant Box lunch tins on sale as well as other reusable, non-plastic products. To entertain the kids there’ll be a fun ‘treasure trail’ to do around the whole festival with prizes to be won. Come and say hello!

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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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