Plastic Oceans Foundation UK
Plastic Oceans Foundation was founded in 2009 by Jo Ruxton and Sonjia Norman. As the first plastic pollution charity in the UK, our mission is to raise awareness of plastic pollution as a call to action to protect our beautiful and vulnerable oceans.
Working for five years on the first BBC Blue Planet series, Jo saw first-hand the growing impact of ocean plastic. The Foundation embarked on an ambitious project to create the definitive feature-length film with the World’s leading scientists and conservationists, to reach as many people as possible. That ambition was realised with the release of A Plastic Ocean in 2017, to great acclaim and international awards.
Our work to continue the legacy of the film is in three areas: Education, Science and Sustainability:
- Education workshops for teachers and schools, with lessons packs across the taught curriculum, are at the heart of our education programme
- Science evidence from our partner universities helps us understand the problem, and drive the right solutions and policies into action by Government and business
- Sustainability programmes aim to reduce single use plastic, and to change behaviours in business and consumers by valuing plastic more – it's about us!
With over 300 million tonnes of plastic produced globally each year, 8 million tonnes is reaching our oceans. We still have a great deal to do. Plastic is an important material in our lives. But it doesn't belong in our precious oceans.
To support the work of Plastic Oceans, and to find out more about our mission, please go to http://plasticoceans.uk or contact Jo Ruxton at Jo@plasticoceans.uk