Why go plastic free?

We use single-use plastics for just about everything, from cleaning our teeth and showering, to buying and storing our food and other products. It is durable and lightweight, but it’s these properties that allow it to persist in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years.

The Plastic Challenge isn’t about living completely plastic-free - in this day and age that would be pretty near impossible. We hope Plastic Challengers will try to reduce their plastic footprint in all sorts of ways! Even small changes can make a huge difference.

Some of our Ocean Ambassadors are supporting the challenge – will you join them?

Simon Reeve, presenter and bestselling author, has seen first-hand the destruction being caused by plastic in our ocean.

“Our planet is being poisoned by plastic. The vast amount in our oceans has become an environmental emergency as a direct result of our throwaway society. That’s why I’m supporting the Marine Conservation Society’s Plastic Challenge. Don’t just get depressed about plastic - stop using it!”


Simon Reeve


Deborah Meaden


Ben Garrod


Sharron Davies