A Marine Litter campaign

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We are trying to make this movement as big as possible, and we want you to join! We share the common values of environmental protection and social justice, and these shared values guide our work in building the world in which we wish to live.


We believe in a world where the land, sky, oceans, and water is home to an abundance of life, not an abundance of plastic, and where the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is free of toxic by-products of plastic pollution.

In this world the principles of environmental justice, social justice, public health, and human rights lead government policy, not the demands of elites and corporations.

This is a future we believe in and are creating together.

Surfers Against Sewage’s Marine Litter Report offers a framework of practical and achievable solutions to help achieve significant reductions in plastic pollution, particularly from single-use plastic waste. Covering community, business and government action SAS’s recommendations focus on:

  • Stopping plastic pollution at at source – preventing it entering the environment in the first place.
  • Creating a circular economy through extended producer responsibility and greater corporate accountability in relation to plastic packaging and products.
  • Creating new legislation to protect the coastal environment from plastic pollution.
  • Dramatically up-scaling plastic pollution education and volunteering opportunities amongst coastal communities and the general public.

Initiatives such as #BreakTheBagHabit and #MessageInABottle show how new government policy and legislation can help deliver the new systems needed for manufacturers and retailers to prevent plastic leakage, litter and waste. Our community beach clean events and #BeachCleanBox project engage over 20,000 volunteers a year taking direct action to protect the marine and wider environment.

Plastic pollution is also a central theme within our All Party Parliamentary Group, which includes 23 Members of Parliament who can help advocate government policy and legislative change in relation to plastic pollution.


We will work to build solidarity between people around the world and impacted communities, so that:

1. Our lifestyles and economy fit within the environment limits of the planet. 

2. Waste is reduced, first and foremost.

3. The life cycle of the materials and products we use – from extraction and production, to end use, recycling, composting, and disposal – sustain the health of the people and the planet.

4. Strong community action and partnerships among citizens, workers, government, sector experts, and supportive business leaders guide decisions about present and future material design, manufacturing, and waste management.

5. Waste pickers and recycling workers are supported to improve the systems they operate in and can co-lead a just transition to a new and safe materials economy.

6. Producers take responsibility for the full life cycle costs and impacts of their products and packaging, and are redesigning and innovating better materials and systems.

7. Where plastic products and packages are necessary, they are re-used, repaired, or, failing that, recycled; and toxic substances are eliminated from their production.

8. No new incinerators are constructed, and renewable energy incentives are eliminated for plastics and waste burning. This includes gasification, pyrolysis, cement kilns, and other burn “waste-to-energy” facilities.

9. Organic waste returns to the soils and zero waste systems reduce reliance on landfills and incinerators.

10. The systems we build and materials we use slow climate change, rather than accelerate it.

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Initial Members: Albatross Coalition | Algalita Marine Research and Education | Aliança Resíduo Zero Brasil-ARZB. | Alliance for a Clean Environment (Western Australia | APROMAC Environment Protection Association | As You Sow | ASD-Bangladesh (Association for Sustainable Development in Bangladesh) | Association for Clean Environment: “Let’s Do it Macedonia” | BaliFokus Foundation | Bizu Environmental Science Studio | California Communities Against Toxics | Center for Biological Diversity | Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies | Center for Zero Waste and Development | CHEM Trust | China Zero Waste Alliance | Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group | Clean Production Action | Clean Water Action | Consumer Association of Penang | Don’t Waste Arizona | Društvo Ekologi Brez Meja | Ecology Center | EcoVision | Ecowaste Coalition | Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO | Environmental Investigation Agency | European Environmental Bureau | Friends of the Earth | Friends of the Earth Europe | Fundació ENT | Fundación El Árbol | GAIA | GAIA Asia Pacific | Globalization Monitor | Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice | Greeneration Indonesia | Greeners Action | Greenpeace | Healthcare without Harm Asia | Humusz Waste Prevention Alliance | Tyagarajan Swaminathan | IPEN | Ironbound Community Corporation | Island Sustainability Alliance Cook Islands | ITDP | KKPKP | Let’s Do It Foundation | Local Futures – International Society for Ecology & Culture | Make Resources Count | Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) | Mother Earth Foundation | National Toxics Network (Australia) | Nature University | Nothing Left to Waste | Oceana | Oceana | Perkumpulan Gerakan Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik | Plastic Bag Diet | Plastic Change | Plastic Free Seas | Plastic Pollution Coalition | Plastic Soup Foundation | Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) | Responsible Purchasing Network | Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Friends’ of the Earth Malaysia) | Seas at Risk | Seventh Generation Advisors | Shahjalal University of Science & Technology | Shanghai Rendu Ocean NPO Development Center, | Sibulan Training Advocacy and Research Center – STARC, Inc & Mother Earth Foundation -MEF | Sound Resource Management Group, Inc. | Story of Stuff | Surfers Against Sewage | Surfrider Foundation | Taiwan Watch Institute | Taller Ecologista | The 5 Gyres Institute | Trash Hero World | United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) | Upstream | YPBB | Zero Waste Brussels | Zero Waste Europe | Zero Waste France | Zero Waste OZ | Zero Waste USA

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