Saving our seas with the Great British Beach Clean

The 25th Great British Beach Clean runs 14th – 17th September 2018!

Eating and drinking out makes up 20% of all rubbish found on our beaches.

Run by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), this yearly event 'wages war' on beach litter - from wet wipes to single-use plastics - and covers hundreds of beaches across Great Britain.

In 2017, additional support from Waitrose resulted in 7,000 people taking part, with a total of 339 beaches were litter-picked and cleaned up.

There are plenty of opportunities for groups and schools to get involved, and the event helps people connect with their local environment. Marine litter is a global problem, but by starting small (with a day at the beach!), communities can get involved and be part of the movement for change.

How organisations are tackling marine plastic

A number of organisations around the world are battling against ocean plastic pollution and doing their part to reduce it:


One of the more innovative campaigns against ocean plastic comes from French designer AWAKE, who has found a smarter and more sustainable way to produce watches.

The Kickstarter campaign was fully funded in one hour and produces designer watches made from ocean plastic.
Sustainability is at the core of everything they do - everything from design to production is driven by the desire to minimise environmental impact.


Other companies taking an innovative approach include sustainable eyewear brand, SEA2SEE, whose frames are made 100% with recycled sea plastic. 

They ask the simple question: what if wearing glasses could save the ocean? And every purchase equals 10kg of plastic collected from polluted oceans.

SEA2SEE sees raw material where others see waste, and aims to educate and collaborate as part of their 'waste to fashion' ethos.


Rizboardshorts are keen advocates of marine conservation and are inspired by the environment. 

All of their shorts are tailored from 100% recycled and recyclable fabric, offer a return scheme (25% discount on new shorts when you donate your old ones), and donate £1 from every pair of shorts sold to marine conservation.

They've supported the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for several years, and partner with them for beach clean events!

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During the 2017 Beach Clean, 255,209 individual pieces of rubbish were picked up – that’s 718 bits of rubbish for every 100 metres cleaned!
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