© Jeremy Bishop

Circular oceans

We are all connected to the oceans- from the food we eat, the air we breathe, to the time we spend at the coasts. However, we face an economy which is linear, we make, use and dispose of products, using up finite resources.

Litter is a visual sign of a failure to achieve a circular economy.

What is MCS doing?

At MCS, we are working with industry, government and people to make changes- from how products are designed, to how they are recycled, and how we incentivise best practice to ensure material and resources are valued. This can include reducing single use items, redesigning products and calling for economic incentives such as deposits on drinks containers (Deposit Return Systems). Through our Beachwatch programme we have been monitoring litter levels on UK beaches for over 20 years, and analysing trends to drive our campaigns.

What can you do to help?

You can start with the 4Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle. Get involved with our campaigns and follow us on social media. To action change in our world, we need your help and support. Below are listed some of the current actions you can do to get involved, or check out our main page for our other campaigns.

Actions you can take

  1. Learn about Deposit Return Systems
  2. Join a beach clean
  3. Join the Plastic Challenge

Did you know?…

UK seas and shores are a place for leisure, sport, and a holiday destination for millions annually

Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles

Every year, volunteers give us over 1,000 days of their time