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Campaigning for change

Join us to turn the tide on plastic pollution

We’re on a mission to stop plastic pollution at source

We run people-powered, community-serving campaigns that tackle the single-use plastic items most found on beaches, riverbanks and in the oceans. We’re pretty confident that one big piece of the puzzle to protect our environment for future generations, is tostop plastic at source by reducing demandThat way, we’re using fewer resources and creating less waste. 

Whether you live in the city, or you’re at home by the sea, we can all make a difference by connecting our actions to our oceans.  

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Are you Ready to Return

We’re delighted that our friends from M&S are expanding their range of homecare products in returnable packaging nationwide, and we’re proud to have helped make this happen!

A Global Plastics Treaty edges closer

The third round of negotiations (INC-3) for a Global Plastics Treaty are now closed. Read on to see what was discussed, and what’s next.

Big Give Christmas Challenge

We’re thrilled launch our first ever Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal, raising money to power the award-winning Refill campaign

Legal proceedings launched against the Environment Agency 

Legal proceedings launched against the Environment AgencyCity to Sea’s Policy Manager, Steve Hynd, alongside environmentalists George Monbiot and Georgia Elliot-Smith have launched legal proceedings against the Environment Agency over microplastics in sewage sludge...

Preventing plastic pollution

Refill

Refill is an award-winning campaign to help people live with less plastic.  We connect people to places they can eat, drink and shop without pointless packaging.

World Refill Day

We’re calling on businesses, brands and governments to choose to reuse and help make single-use plastic a thing of the past.

Plastic-free living

Whether you’re a zero-waste hero, or you’re just starting your journey towards plastic freedom, we’ve got you covered. 

Political Advocacy

City to Sea has a proud history of calling for change, and political advocacy is a central part of our campaigning.

Plastic-free periods

We think it’s a bloody shame we aren’t given a choice when it comes to what we put in our bodies every month.

Unflushables

We’re campaigning to get the UK talking about toilets and only flushing the 3Ps – pee, paper and poo. It’s bog standard!

Research and Insight

Ready to Prefill?

Innovation is key to making reuse the choice for consumers – why prefilled returnable packaging could be the answer to brands’ & retailers’ prayers.

Food to go, Good to go?

We have launched a new report to peel back the shiny wrapper on single-use plastic packaging on our food to go.

Solutions on tap

Solutions on tap for events as reusable cup schemes are becoming more affordable and accessible, making them an ideal solution for events of all scales.

Game-changing Education programmes

Rethink Periods

A lot of people spend a lot of time menstruating. But few of us spend much time actually talking about it. 

Rethink Water

Rethink Water is a bespoke education programme that aims to empower children to become responsible consumers of water.

Refill Universities

Getting involved in Refill is one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce plastic at your University.

Plastic and the pandemic

STOP PPE PLASTIC POLLUTION

The global coronavirus pandemic has created a new and completely unprecedented problem – the littering of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Return to Refill

If you’re a business looking for advice and support on how to safely offer reusables to your customers during COVID, we’re here to help.

Person pouring a contactless coffee

Contactless coffee

With many cafes and restaurants looking to reopen after lockdown, we’ve launched, a campaign, Contactless Coffee to help keep reusable cups on the menu.

Discover our past campaigns

be a good a**hole

We think it’s a bummer that so many people are still treating their toilets like bins and flushing single-use plastic wipes. That’s not ok!

#switchthestick

In 2017, we successfully persuaded all major retailers to #SwitchTheStick from plastic to paper cotton bud sticks.

Callout Coke

Tell Coca-Cola we don’t want or need their single-use plastic bottles. Have you seen that they’re trying to redefine the term ‘Single-use’, we’re not ok with this. 

Plastic-free travel

Our #PlasticFreeTravel campaign helps, encourages and inspires travellers to cut down the amount of pointless plastic used on holiday.

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Supporting the sustainable development goals with our campaigns

By matching our operations and campaigns to the Sustainable Development Goals, we’ve identified which goals and targets we are supporting.

What can I do?

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our amazing community. If you’d like to get more involved, we’d LOVE to have you onboard the good ship, City to Sea.

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