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!


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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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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