Our actions have implications for pollution in the ocean, which in turn impacts our health and welfare. We need to move away from a throwaway society to a circular economy in which all products are designed to be repaired, reused and remade, thereby removing waste and litter.
The Clean Seas programme has been a leader in reducing marine pollution over the last decade. We have advocated for change which has led to charges for single-use bags, removal of microbeads in personal care products, changes in labelling on commonly ‘mis-flushed’ items, and a deposit return system being designed for Scotland.
Our oceans continue to need our protection, with rising temperatures and changes in chemistry due to our carbon emissions. We need to reduce the pressures on our oceans. Learn about our campaigns and join the fight.
Plastic makes up around 70% of beach litter. Our campaign targets the huge consumption of single-use straws in the UK.
Stop Ocean Threads
Add your voice to our call for legislation that will see washing machine manufacturers fit microfibre filters in all new machines
By highlighting where beaches were too dirty for people to swim, we put pressure on governments and environmental regulators for better legislation.
Learn more about these invisible ‘forever chemicals’ in everything from face cream to non-stick pans.
Microplastics can be ingested by everything from zooplankton which make up the base of the food chain in the oceans, all the way up to seabirds, fish and turtles.
More information and campaigns to get behind…
Marine Litter Action Network
The Marine Litter Action Network was established in June 2014 to bring together people and their organisations across different sectors to tackle the issue of marine litter.Find out more
Deposit Return Scheme
Wild bottle-sightings gathered the data, Bottles For Change highlighted the support, the rest of the UK needs to follow Scotland’s DRS lead by including drinks cans and bottles, of all sizes and materialsFind out more
Don’t let go
Balloons sold as ‘degradable’ are known to last a number of months, even years, and pose a choking threat to wildlife at sea, and on land.Learn more
Near you, incorporating the Good Beach Guide
Discover beaches (along with their water quality and facilities), Fish2fork rated restaurant, events and recent wildlife sightings close to your UK postcode.Find out more
Did you know?…
MCS launched its Beachwatch programme in 1994
On UK beaches levels of litter have doubled in the past 20 years
MCS first launched the Good Beach Guide in 1987 as a book to highlight the woeful state of the UK’s bathing waters