Help solve the ocean plastic crisis - stop using plastic water bottles

#20PercentLess working group member Rachel Shairp discusses our excessive consumption of single-use plastics.

Our excessive consumption of single-use plastic is causing major problems for the ocean. Around 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year from land - that’s the equivalent of the weight of the London Eye in plastic, entering the ocean, ten times a day. If nothing changes, scientists predict that by 2025 there will be one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every three tonnes of fish. Once in the ocean, plastic damages habitats, kills marine life, and poisons the foodchain, while breaking down into tiny pieces.

#OneLess has been tackling ocean plastic pollution at source in London since 2016. We are reducing the amount of single-use plastic used in the capital, starting with the iconic and all too prevalent - both on land and in the sea - single-use plastic water bottle. (UK adults buy a staggering 7.7 billion water bottles each year). Our solution is to start a hydration revolution. We are changing the way that people in London drink water - influencing policy makers, engaging the public, installing new drinking fountains, and working with businesses to pioneer innovative ways to keep people hydrated.

Things in London are changing. Last year we installed London’s first modern-day network of public fountains in partnership with the Mayor of London; businesses, events and venues are ditching water bottles and pioneering new solutions; policies are changing; and carrying a refillable water bottle is becoming ‘normal’.

Will you join us and ditch single-use plastic water bottles in your business? Join our network of businesses that are taking action here.

So what’s next for us? Well this summer we’re running a special public campaign aimed at tourists and visitors to London. Over 30 million tourists flock to London each year and we’re asking them to say #GoodbyeOceanPlastic and stop buying plastic water bottles. We’ve joined forces with some of London’s top visitor attractions and destinations to showcase the alternatives to bottled water and encourage their visitors to embrace London’s hydration revolution.