Our Plastics programme offers practical, evidence-based steps to tackle plastic pollution, so that everyone can be part of the solution.
The complexity, scale and urgency of the plastics challenge means it's something we must tackle together.
In the last few years we've all become more aware of plastic pollution, but did you know that most of the plastic that ends up in the world’s oceans comes from our rubbish in rivers?
At Earthwatch, we've found the top ten most commonly found plastic items polluting our rivers and have come up with some suggestions about how you can help to make a difference.
Using less plastic is the biggest thing everyone can do to prevent waste and pollution, how many of these items do you use everyday?
Do you want to reduce your plastic footprint? Use this sheet to pledge how you will do it. Check out our Plastic Rivers action map for ideas. Then stick it on your fridge for a daily reminder of the difference you’re making to reducing the plastic pollution on your doorstep.
Each day 9.3 million wet wipes, 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet.
Since the 1950s, we've produced over eight billion tonnes of plastic. Most of it isn't recycled, and around 32% pollutes the natural environment.
Every year, eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the sea — the equivalent of dumping a rubbish truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute.
Our use of plastic is expected to double in the next 20 years. By 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean could weigh more than all the fish.
A plastic bottle can last for 450 years at sea, eventually breaking down into microscopic pieces that never truly go away.
4.7 billion straws, 316 million drinks stirrers and 16.5 billion single-use cutlery items are used each year. These items are often made from hard-to-recycle plastic.
Single-use plastic carrier bag use has fallen 86% since the UK introduced the 5p tax in 2014, but the seven major supermarkets still issued over a billion bags in 2017.
We want to build collaboration and conversation across sectors to shape our investment and develop pioneering interventions. If you're interested in working with us, we'd love to hear from you.
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