Strike with us, for the oceans

City to Sea are responding to young people’s call for everyone to join them in their monthly climate strike this Friday. We are encouraging staff and supporters to take to the streets to stand in solidarity with students fighting for our planet’s future.

Will you join us and thousands of students, businesses and organisations?

Climate Change is the biggest threat to our oceans. Unless we take urgent and far-reaching action now to limit warming to 1.5C rather than 2C we will see a catastrophic impact on our oceans. And there is BIG plastic elephant in the room here. Rising plastic production will account for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That’s about the same as the entire current emissions of the transportation industry – planes, trains, cars, buses combined.

Without tackling our plastic addiction, we cannot tackle the climate crisis.

Wherever you are, pack your water bottle, make a banner and join your local strike. If you can’t join us on the streets then support us online by posting messages of support using #ClimateStrike.

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Why we should connect our actions to the ocean every day

June the 8th is World Oceans Day! A whole day dedicated to the three-quarters of our planet covered in saltwater. A whole day to remember the source of every second breath we take. So, inhale oxygen from the forests, exhale CO2 for them to (hopefully) reabsorb, inhale oxygen from the oceans, exhale CO2 for them to (hopefully) reabsorb. Cool huh? I say hopefully, for as we well know, forests and oceans are under serious threat, and their capacity for absorbing and sequestering CO2 from our fossil-fuel intensive lifestyle is severely compromised.  

“Scientists and natural history experts the world over agree that there’s more than a commotion in the ocean; there’s a crisis.” – Natalie Fee, How to Save the World for Free (Lawrence King Publishing, October 2019). Pre-order here.

 

Protect what you love  

It’s not just ocean acidification caused by increased CO2 in the atmosphere that’s pushing the seas to their limits, it’s overfishing, it’s pesticides and fertilisers from industrial agriculture, it’s melting ice caps and of course, it’s plastic pollution.

So here at City to Sea, we welcome World Oceans Day, not just for the chance to boost awareness of the threats to the big blue, but to celebrate what we love about it too. To remind us to get out there and connect with it. Maybe that’s grabbing a surfboard and playing in the waves. Or paddle-boarding in an estuary or harbour. Or doing a beach clean, a coastal walk, learning to dive or snorkel, sailing, wild swimming, windsurfing, beachcombing, rock-pooling, sunset-on-the-horizon-gazing – whatever floats your boat and makes your relationship with the sea that little bit more personal.  

The plight of the albatross 

At this point, I should probably fess up that I’m the world’s most unlikely ocean ambassador. You may have assumed I was an ocean-loving, sea-faring woman whose love of the sea made me do what I can to protect it. But actually, I’m not. Well, I kind of am now, but I wasn’t four years ago. In fact, I was scared of the sea. I wouldn’t go on it, or in it and you pretty much had to drug me to fly over it. But something happened in 2014 that changed my life – and helped me form a real, tangible relationship with the very thing I was afraid of.

Strangely, it’s mostly down to an Albatross. A bird I’ve never seen and until five years ago never had an affinity with. I was scrolling through Facebook one day and a trailer for a film about the Laysan Albatross living on a group of Islands in the Pacific Ocean came up on my feed. But the film wasn’t about how magnificent these birds are; it was about how their chicks were dying from eating a diet of plastic. The adult Albatross swoops down from the sky to the sea to scoop up fish close to the surface – and mistakes floating colourful things like plastic bottle tops, cigarette lighters and toothbrushes for fish … which they then feed to their chicks. A third of these crazy beautiful, fluffy chicks are, starving to death in their nests with their bellies full of plastic

Connecting our actions to our oceans 

When I saw it for the first time, and every time since, I felt a deep sense of grief. It triggered a pain in me unlike anything I’d ever experienced when seeing human-caused environmental issues. And I think it was something about seeing everyday items that I used – my brand of toothbrush, ink cartridges, bottle caps – causing the death of something so beautiful – that woke me up to what I was doing … And I knew at that moment I couldn’t just sit back and allow this to happen. So from that day, I set about doing something about it, and City to Sea took shape.

Now for the weird and wonderful bit. I had a strange and unfathomable experience during my first crowdfunding campaign – a series of nine consecutive, immersive dreams in which the ocean gradually revealed itself to me. It was as if the moment I tangibly put my energy and focus on the thing I was scared of, and did something for it, it reached out back to me and did something for me too. It was life-changing, deep and profound. After that experience – a forming of my relationship with the sea – I actually wanted to get in the sea! So I started surfing and learnt to enjoy and appreciate the 71% of our planet that is ocean

 

Sea the change.  

I don’t think for a moment we are all destined to ‘give up our day jobs’ and start something new, but the reality is that we do all need to shift the focus of whatever it is we’re doing towards protecting what’s left of the environment. To make sure the 20 per cent of marine mammals remaining in the oceans recover their numbers. And that plastic pollution gets better, not worse.

Given the right conditions, oceans can regenerate. Rewilding the oceans, as well as the land, can help sequester vast amounts of CO2. Marine protected zones can help fish populations recover and thrive. And governments can implement deposit schemes, bans and taxes on single-use plastic to prevent it from polluting the seas.

We all need to do our bit. And while we’re doing it, why not head down to the coast from time to time to rest, play and dream our way into a healthier future, for you, me and the seas.

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A singing celebration of our ocean

Students at Horfield School in our hometown of Bristol, are celebrating World Ocean Day with a bit of a twist. They’ll be singing their Song of the Sea in celebration of the ocean and are challenging schools across the country to learn the words and sing along with them in a bid to raise awareness of the issue of plastic pollution.

We first heard the song at the launch of the Polly Roger, Hubbub’s plastic fishing boat here in Bristol and knew we had to do something to help them in the quest to save our oceans.

The inspiration for Song of the Sea came when assistant headteacher Kirsten Cunningham attended a Science STEM summit with students and other schools from across Bristol and North Somerset. Here, the children spent a day learning about the ocean and the problems of plastic pollution and the team leading the STEM project challenged every school to make a difference.

“As we are passionate about Performing Arts, we decided that we’d make a difference through music and send a message as a song. We challenged our pupils to write poems about the ocean, the words from which inspired the lyrics for our song. Our aspiration is that as many schools as possible sing our song, to send its message as far as possible” – Claire Alsop, Horfield School

The song is suitable for whole-school singing, or with a smaller group such as a school choir. The resources are all contained in the description on the school’s YouTube, with a link to a free downloadable score, lyrics sheet and backing track. The video also has subtitled lyrics so children can sing along with the video.

We will be singing the #HorfieldSongoftheSea on June 7th, to mark World Oceans Day for Schools, and we hope you’ll join us!

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Tallulah Rendall releases stunning new music video in support of City to Sea.

This week, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with the stunning Tallulah Rendall, an amazingly talented singer-songwriter and sound therapist who has dedicated the video for her new single – Holding on to Love – Be The Change, to City to Sea!

 

Nominated for the Woman of the Future Arts Culture Award in 2014, hailed as ‘London’s most creative woman’ by AOL, and celebrated by Latitude Festival for her “voice of an angel” – Tallulah was one of the first artists to introduce crowdfunding in 2006 with her first EP, Without Time. She has since crowdfunded, released and toured four albums worldwide: Libellus (2009), Alive (2011), The Banshee And The Moon (2014), and now The Liminal (April 2019).

Feeling a symbiotic connection to City to Sea and their mission to prevent plastic from littering the world’s oceans, Tallulah welcomed the opportunity to collaborate, as she explains:

City to Sea invites each of us to explore our own relationship with plastic and environmental awareness through campaigning for policy and behavioural change. I love the rawness, heartfelt and sometimes even playful approach they use to engage us with this conversation. Personally, I feel passionate about supporting systemic change in our individual and collective relationship to both plastic and the environment. I believe in music’s ability to inspire change and if I can add my creative voice to something as vital as City to Sea’s mission and help more people engage with protecting our wildlife, rivers and seas then that is both an honour and a privilege.

Tallulah’s thought-provoking music video features exquisite time-lapse footage shot by 2014 Travel Photographer of the Year, Rufus Blackwell, as well as footage from the recent Extinction Rebellion protests in London. The video highlights the plight of the oceans amid the escalating plastic pollution crisis. An emotive cry to unite and make a stand, the video invites viewers to take responsibility for their plastic consumption, with a clear call to action: “You can be the change. Say no to single-use plastic, say yes to the future.”

City to Sea founder, Natalie Fee says:

We’re all about awakening active hope, championing practical solutions and inspiring positive action – and we love doing that creatively! I’m a huge fan of Tallulah’s new album, The Liminal, and we thought it would be potent to combine our voices and work together to spread the word that we can – and are – making a difference. With serious threats from the plastic industry to boost production there is a real danger that plastic pollution in our oceans could double by 2050. So we need to get the message out there, through art as well as emails, petitions and the news, that we can stop this from happening. Tallulah’s music fits wholly with our ethos – we can be the change.

 

Co-produced with acclaimed Berlin producer Aaron Ahrends, Holding onto Love, Be The Change reflects Tallulah’s intention to use her music as a conduit to inspire change, as demonstrated by previous songs such as We Don’t Want War: written in response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis, all sales from this track were donated to Save The Children.

Explaining the concept behind her new album, The Liminal, Tallulah explains: “The ‘Liminal’ is an energetic, unquantifiable space which I attune to when I meditate or create. My deepening relationship with this connection has inspired me to believe in our human capacity to live an expansive life in harmony with ourselves, the planet we live on and each other. It is my passion to inspire and support this awakening in others through sound and creativity.”

We’re super proud and excited that Tallulah has chosen to work with us, and we hope you enjoy the single as much as we do! To view tour dates and order the album visit Tallulah Rendall’s website: www.tallulahrendall.com

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Get a wriggle on – the refillable lunch box revolution is coming

Brits are famous for our love of sandwiches. In fact, we eat a staggering 11.5 billion of them a year. And while at City to Sea we would never speak foul of a good ploughman’s, we do have an issue with the plastic pickle that it leaves behind. It is estimated that we use more than 1.2 billion metres (745,000 miles) of cling film every year – enough to go around the circumference of the world 30 times over.

This is one of the reasons we were so excited to see Wriggle, the independent food app, launch their reusablelunch box. The ‘Bring Your Own Lunchbox’ scheme encourages customers to bring along their own lunch boxes to local eateries, cutting down on single-use takeaway packaging. Similar to what our award winning ‘Refill’ campaign does for water, participating eateries have a sticker in their window letting passers-by know they can go in and fill up their lunchbox at ease.

With plans in Parliament to ban all but the most essential plastics within 25 years, more and more eateries are transitioning towards a circular, reusable and more sustainable business model. To give just one example, Boston Tea Party led in 2018 stopped using throw away coffee cups. One decision has resulted in thousands upon thousands of cups saved from littering our natural environment.

Last month the Global Action Network launched the #Longlivethelunchbox sticker scheme, similar to refill, mapping the venues that will accept reusable lunch boxes. It has never been easier for hungry customers to choose to be part of the refill revolution. Increasingly, those eateries relying on business models using single use plastics just no longer seem to cut the mustard.

Our amigos over at Wriggle have gone one sustainable step further though. The latest Wriggle box is made from bamboo. The body is bamboo, comparable to the bamboo coffee cups which are made from surplus bamboo from the chopstick industry and mixed with a plastic resin like melamine. The lid is bamboo wood with a thick elastic band as a holder.

OK, so this might not cause panda-monium (geddit) outside the City to Sea offices, but this does have the potential to make a real difference. Research shows that one of the big issues stopping people from carrying reusables is that they feel uncomfortable being the only ones in a shop or café asking for a refill. By ‘normalising’ behaviour through stickers, posters and more people taking par, it makes refilling your water bottle or lunchbox more acceptable and feel much more normal. By Wriggle creating a box and their food outlets selling it, plus other locations putting up the #Longlivethelunchbox sticker it sends a green light to what is accepted behaviour.

At City to Sea we have seen first-hand how the refill revolution spreads. When we launched the campaign in 2015 we had a handful of Refill Stations signed up and today we have over 17,000 locations in the UK alone with over a hundred thousand people using our Refill App. Wriggle have hit the refill nail on the head by creating a lunch box that is both beautiful and practical. It becomes a source of pride and something people are keen to associate with.

Alongside legislating single-use plastic out of use we need to be building beautiful and practical reuse refill schemes. And Wriggle have kicked off 2019 perfectly. What is important for social norms to really change is the volume of people refilling and businesses offering refills. And with every sustainability change it always takes the pioneers to lead the way.

So, get a wriggle on and join the refill revolution.

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Using Photography to help Protect Our Oceans!

Last year plastic pollution exploded in the mainstream media after Blue Planet was aired, creating a snowball effect of action and activism from communities across the UK. An issue that was previously too easy to ignore, hidden beneath the waves, was suddenly bought into full view.

Video and photography have played a huge role in building movements since cameras were invented. They touch the heart as well as the mind, sharing a moment with hundreds, thousands, millions more than would have been able to experience it first hand.

Photo by Justin Hofman

Here in the UK the British Wildlife Photography Awards is using photography to help celebrate and raise awareness of British wildlife in all it’s diversity, in the knowledge that:

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, 1968

This year is the BWPA’s 10th anniversary and to mark it they are making 2019 the year of the Coast and Marine category! For 2019 this category has expanded to include all UK coastlines and has four separate categories: Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland and the Coast of Ireland.

The BWPA are particularly keen to keep plastic pollution at the forefront of the media’s attention so they’re encouraging entries (in any category) that show the impacts of plastic pollution here in the UK. Many people are starting to notice the effects of plastic on our home shorelines, but still associate harm to wildlife with animals like turtles and whales which we don’t exactly consider to be British! Plastic pollution is a very real and dangerous threat to native birds, seals, dolphins and other UK wildlife, so lets make it more widely known!

Photo by Neil Phillips in the BWPA

You have until April 6th to enter your photo/s here. Oh, and there’s also the chance to win £4,000 and have your image exhibited at 8 venues across the UK… Go, go, go!

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GUEST BLOG: Connecting the dots between my shopping basket and beach cleaning bag…

Guest blogger bio: Caroline Bond, known more publicly as Kittiekipper, is an artist and activist from Seaford, East Sussex. She uses her Instagram to share her ghost net fibre art sculptures and designs with her followers, as well as offering tips and solutions when it comes to all things plastic.  

BEACH CLEANING

Beach cleaning has changed me. The way I eat, the way I shop, the way I dress, the way I consume, and even the way I tackle my periods.

Before daily beach cleaning, I hadn’t really considered the implications of my consumer habits in such an in-depth way. I hadn’t realised that I was contributing to a problem I was so passionately fighting. It seems silly now, how long it took for me to make the connection between what was going into my shopping bag compared to what was going into my beach clean bag.

I find plastic tampon applicators regularly. Possibly even daily. And I’m not alone in that… Cruising through the beach clean hashtags on social media you’ll find them colourfully lighting up the shoreline in all the colours of the rainbow, on all the beaches of the globe. That’s right, period product waste has become a global issue. And when you think about it, how long is a tampon applicator actually used for? It has to be one of the speediest uses of single use plastic out there, making it a big offender in the single use plastic rouges gallery.

PERSONAL POLLUTION

Somehow I still didn’t twig that I was part of the pollution problem, even though I’d never flushed one. The thing is – if you’re buying your own period products – you can choose what product and what company to invest your money in. By opting for tampons with an applicator (that I’m sure had been cardboard when I started my period and had somehow morphed into plastic!) I had been generating single-use plastic waste without making the connection to what I was finding on beaches. I was part of the problem, and once I realised this I knew it was time to change.

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reusable alternatives

I’d heard about menstrual cups and reusable pads, but had been a little timid in trying them out. I had been really unlucky with tampons in general – my flow somehow seemed to miss the product and leak – so why was I so scared of trying something new? Probably just the unknown.

Monetarily the menstrual cup and reusable pads make a hell of a lot of sense. In the fight against single use plastic I’ve learnt the great value of reusable products over single-use products, that you pay out for regularly only to dispose of them quickly as a waste product. Ownership makes a lot more sense to your wallet than consumption.

This is also true from an environmental perspective. Producing something that you buy once, look after, reuse, and store until your next period, instead of using up resources and creating huge amounts of landfill waste from single use products, can only benefit the environment. Menstrual cups can last up to 10 years which not only saves money but packaging, energy, materials and resources too!

Washable pads are so comfortable to wear at night that you can sleep with confidence without having all that plastic against your sensitive skin while you are sleeping. Purchasing a little pack of three or four washable pads that are designed for your flow, means you can pop the used ones in the wash the next morning and have one ready for the next night. Imagine the amount of landfill waste that could be avoided if women used reusable washable pads JUST for the night time part of their cycles.

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making the switch

I will be coming into my second year of plastic free periods this March. When I first got my menstrual cup (mine’s a Mooncup) I read through the instructions, popped it on to boil and after I’d snipped the tail to the length that was right for my body, and I was off. I won’t pretend I got the hang of it first time, but Tampons took me a few tries all those years ago too, and honestly I wasn’t expecting it to be totally simple. But I got there probably by day three of my first period using it. I learnt pretty quickly that if you can feel the cup at all then it’s not in quite right.

I’ve road tested my cup in all sorts of ways from cycling to surfing. If you like to be in the water or being active, the cup is a game changer. Prancing around in a swimming costume, knickers, tiny shorts or a skirt can be done! You can also opt for jogging bottoms, a box of biscuits and a hot water bottle, but for those of you that have been held back by your periods, I seriously recommend the cup.

I’ll be transparent – reusable products don’t agree with everyone. With cups, some experience more frequent UTI’s and some people just don’t like them, how they feel, changing them, etc. Handling a used pad before washing might go against your beliefs, weird you out or make you squeamish. Nothing to be ashamed of, or shamed for, after all we are all fabulously different.

BUT if you are in a position where you can choose which products you purchase, maybe it’s time you took a look at the plastic free options out there. Disposable plastic-free tampons and pads do exist too, benefitting your health as well as the planet.

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money, money, money

Ruby cup operate on a ‘buy one donate one’ scheme so when you buy a cup they donate one to a girl or woman who would benefit from it.

When you shop for reusable pads check out what some companies and individuals are offering women in need too. Mine were from Velvet Moon Pads where the maker uses the profit from selling pads to reinvest in pad for people that can’t afford them. I love that ethos!

Alternatively, if you are buying single use pads or tampons from the shops, then maybe check this idea out… The Red Box Project is spreading across the UK, the idea being that when you buy your period products you buy one extra to donate to a sister in need. It’s a wonderful program reaching far and wide so do check them out if you are in a position to do so.

I’ll keep trying out new Plastic-Free Period ideas as I go, if I stumble across anything extra special, I’ll be sure to pop back and let you know!

Kittiekipper xx

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Santa & Mrs Claus on switching to a Plastic-Free Christmas 🎄🎅

We’re over the sleigh to share this exclusive interview with Mr & Mrs Claus.

After being inspired by all the actions across the globe and receiving letters from thousands of children to prevent plastic pollution, they’ve decided to look at their own single-use plastic habits at home as well as on the sleigh. Here, in this exclusive interview, they share with us how they’re making their celebrations plastic-free.

DISCLAIMER: Certain details and locations have been generalised or modified to protect confidential information about the location in which the Claus family reside.


Starting with you Mrs. Claus, over the centuries that Christmas has been ‘a thing’ how has it developed and adapted?

[MRS CLAUS] Sorry dear, you need to speak up I’m a bit deaf in my left ear.

[Question repeated]

Well, we’ve seen a whole range of things you see. When we started the business it was slow. But since the 1500s business has really been booming. But I’m a futurist, so I tend to be in a place where I look ahead.

Although we’ve found plastic to be useful for many Christmas-related things, plastic toys, for example, are light and easy to pull, but often they fall off the sleigh when things get bumpy (and unfortunately we’ve heard from City to Sea that plastic is getting into the ocean). So, we’re starting to innovate and begin to look into plastic-free alternatives.

[SANTA] Yes, as Mrs Claus (Santa calls his wife by this nickname) was saying, we’re looking into new ways to create a plastic-free Christmas not just for our house but for the billions of people around the world. It’s been a challenge, but with so many new ideas and products, we’ve been able to make a few changes and also encourage the elves to do the same.

That’s great news, it sounds like there was some effort involved but it paid off. So what are your favourite alternatives to plastic this year?

[SANTA] We’ve been very impressed by the inventive ideas people have come up with and we’ve also enjoyed looking back at the past to see what we did before plastic. My mother would always say “The way forwards is backwards!”.

[MRS CLAUS] We’re delivering more wooden toys than ever this year. Yes they’re heavier and take longer for the elves to build, but children are happy with them (most prefer the box they come in anyway). For the older kids – they’re totally switched on – we’ve had literally thousands of letters since Blue Planet II with requests from kids for plastic-free toys. Here’s a prototype one of the elves shared with me.

Photo by oxana v on Unsplash

Enclosed, Mrs Claus and I have included some of our favourite Plastic Free Christmas options as well as some gift ideas, please feel free to include them in your blog.

Thank you Mr & Mrs Claus, that saves us a job! And we’re sure our readers would much prefer to hear your tips anyway.

PLASTIC-FREE IDEA #1

Rudolf, as bright as his nose is, sometimes leads us to crash into the occasional tree, knocking off a pine cone or two. Using fallen pinecones, mistletoe, holly and whatever else you may find, you can create decorations that give that authentic “Claus family” feel without all the plastic.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

PLASTIC FREE IDEA #2

Presents don’t always have to be wrapped! Last year Mrs Claus and I gave a free Sleigh ride to an unsuspecting pensioner who had ‘given up on Christmas’. Give the gift of an experience to cut down on the wrapping.

Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

PLASTIC FREE IDEA #3

Lots of wrapping paper can either be laminated, dyed, or contain plastic which means it can’t be recycled and won’t breakdown. Go for what I call the ‘Classic Santa Style’ reusing old newspapers or magazines instead of buying new stuff. You can also decorate it with items from idea #1. Mrs Clause hates trying to find the end of the sellotape and can spend hours doing it … string is much quicker for her.

PLASTIC FREE IDEA #4

Go to your local market to find food and produce that isn’t covered in plastic packaging. Or get a local organic veg box delivered to you door (ask for plastic-free options). Some even use an electric van, which has inspired our next Sleigh modification (Rudolph is running out of steam and we’re no longer sure if making them work so hard is ethical).

Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

PLASTIC FREE IDEA #5

The Elves love their crafts so much, they’ve encouraged myself and Mrs Claus to give it a go, so this year we’re making handmade cards for each other to avoid buying ones with a plastic sleeve.

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

GIFT IDEAS

Find any of the products below at City to Sea’s Less Plastic Lifestyle collection in the Bear and Bear store. Mrs Claus and I are loving it, and with 15% of every purchase going towards funding City to Sea’s mission, maybe we’ll take next year off and just direct people to the collection. We could do with a year off anyway, as could the planet.

Wow, they’re some really good tips Mr and Mrs Claus. So what final thoughts can you leave us with?

[SANTA] We wish all of your supporters a very Merry Christmas from the whole Claus family and encourage them (and you!) to go as plastic-free as you can this year, whether it’s the stocking fillers you find, the food you eat or the gifts you exchange.

[MRS CLAUS] All the changes, may seem small but add up. And to enjoy it, Christmas is an overwhelming time for some we’re told, don’t let plastics add to that. (And if the rellies aren’t happy about the lack of plastic-wrapped sweets, just pretend you forgot to buy them!)

We’ve very much enjoyed this exchange and we look forward to working with City to Sea more in the new year.

Merry Christmas with lots of love from Mr and Mrs Claus xx

 

We want to thank Mr & Mrs Claus for taking time out at this busy time for them for choosing City to Sea for this World Exclusive interview.

p.s. Santa also asked us to pass on the message that he has developed a sherry intolerance, so if you’re able to swap out the sherry for a glass of milk (delivered in glass bottles) that would be great (‘cos I’m no longer drinking and driving. I get on it at New Year now days’ – He told us).

Please pass on the important message by sharing this blog with your friends.

 

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Launching the Less Plastic Lifestyle Collection

We’re beyond excited to launch our ‘Less Plastic Lifestyle Collection’ with our 1% for the Planet partner, Bear & Bear – an online retailer who sell products that are made for the outdoors and desined for life.  The Less Plastic Lifestyle Collection launches just in time for Christmas so you can find the perfect gifts for friends and family that they can use throughout the new year to reduce their plastic footprint.

Besides having supported our work throughout 2018, Bear & Bear have enabled us to reach an ambition of ours – launching our first ever collection for those looking to reduce their environmental impact and single-use plastic consumption. This ever-evolving collection includes all of the ‘must have’ items if you’re looking to start reducing your single-use plastic use, from bottles, cups and bamboo cutlery to rose gold metal straws and reusable coffee cups made from rice husk. If you’re already on the journey to living plastic free and want some more ideas for smart plastic alternatives, we’re also pretty confident you’ll see products in this collection which you may not have seen before.

Even better, at least 15% of every purchase is going to go towards supporting our campaigns to tackle plastic pollution at source.

Shop the collection here, and join the movement to reduce your plastic footprint. Don’t forget to like, share and tweet your comments and show us what small changes you’re making in everyday life to connect your actions to your oceans.

Running a business and want to get involved in supporting our work? Please get in touch with our Partnerships Manager at Alannah@citytosea.org.uk.

Happy Shopping!

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Plastic Free Journal

City to Sea’s Plastic Free Journal is our latest little gift to you 🎁

Once a month you’ll find tips on reducing your plastic footprint, news and interesting reads from around the world and wonderful things to win from people and products we love. Plastic Free Journal is here to help you get closer to a plastic free life.

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June Edition
July Edition

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