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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Oceans of Optimism July 2022

To mark our favourite month- Plastic Free July – we’re celebrating the success stories taking us towards plastic-free living bliss.

Bristol Refill Cup Scheme

We’re announcing a new Bristol Refill Cup Scheme, enabling Bristolians to borrow and return a cup, reducing waste across the city.

World Refill Day 2022

For World Refill Day we’re building a global movement to show that reuse is the solution. Here’s just a taster of what we did on June 16th.

Making a Splash on the South Coast

Making a Splash on the South Coast To mark the start of Plastic Free July, we spent the day in sunny Bournemouth celebrating the launch of our ground-breaking campaign with BCP Council. Turning the Tide is a new and exciting first of its kind,collaborative project to...

Preventing plastic pollution


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. 

Cut the cutlery

Together with our friends at Greenpeace, we’re asking the UK government to Cut the Cutlery.

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.


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

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


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.

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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.

Research and Insight

Plastics research voyage

This year we set sail around the UK to understand the abundance, distribution and sources of plastic pollution. 

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.

Person pouring a contactless coffee

Takeaway Packaging guidance

We know there are a lot of options to consider for takeaway packaging, but we are here to help you find the best option for you and your business.

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!


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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