City to Sea, Cleaning Oceans and Waterways
By 2050 oceans could contain more plastics than fish, with 8 million tonnes of plastics leaking into our seas every year. This is the equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. If no action is taken, this is forecast to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050.
City to Sea is preventing plastic pollution through its campaigns that aim to reverse the trend for disposable plastic items. These items not only pollute our waterways, they litter our shores and coastlines and endanger wildlife. Plastic has been found in the stomachs of turtles, seabirds and many species of UK-caught fish.
The organization is already making a huge impact. Six major UK retailers agreed to replace plastic-stemmed cotton buds with paper stems by the end of this year, as a direct result of City to Sea’s ‘Switch the Stick’ campaign. These include Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Morrisons and Lidl.
In a bid to curb single-use plastic bottles, the non-profit’s ‘Refill’ campaign aims to provide convenient and free refill points on every street. As water fountains are expensive, City to Sea is recruiting cafes, shops, hotels and businesses to offer free tap water to passers’ by, simply by putting a sticker in their window that lets you know you’re welcome!
City to Sea’s latest campaign is raising awareness on the strain Britain’s sewage system is under, due to people flushing bathroom and sanitary products down the toilet. Items such as wet wipes, tooth flossers and menstrual products are clogging the system, resulting in flushed plastics accounting for about 7% of beach litter in the UK.
A video on the ‘Unflushables’ campaign gathered more than 125,000 views on Facebook in its first 24 hours!