A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR TACKLING OCEAN POLLUTION AT SOURCE

 
 

TRACKING THE MOVEMENT OF PLASTIC BOTTLES ACROSS THE OCEAN

 
 

BRINGING BACK PUBLIC DRINKING FOUNTAINS

 
 

EMPOWERING BUSINESSES TO ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES

#OneLess is changing the way Londoners drink water, from single-use plastic water bottles to refilling and reusing.

Are you ready for change?

  • Do you want to help stop ocean plastic pollution at source, and enable more sustainable approaches?
  • Are you interested in working with your local government to transform the hydration system in your city?
  • Do you want to challenge behaviours and encourage people to reduce single-use plastic water bottle usage and its associated waste?
  • Do you want to try using a systems-change approach to tackle this issue, ensuring all stakeholders can contribute to making a change?
  • Do you want to help reconnect people to the ocean and what they value most about it?

If your answer is yes to any of the questions above, then the #OneLess practical guide is right for you.

#OneLess has launched a practical guide for anyone around the world who is interested in tackling ocean plastic pollution at source and changing the way their community drinks water.

5,600,000

Single-use plastic water bottles eliminated from shops, events & supply chains

829,000

Bottles refilled since February 2018 from #OneLess’s flagship 29 drinking fountains

135,000

Single-use plastic bottles collected and removed from the River Thames since 2016

94

Organisations and businesses working to remove single-use plastic water bottles

What to expect from the #OneLess practical guide?

An introduction to #OneLess, our approach and our impact.

A step-by-step guide to using values-based and systems change approaches.

Tools to help you start your own #OneLess journey.

In September 2021, we hosted two online webinars to officially launch the #OneLess practical guide with a global audience. The webinars catalysed discussions around systems thinking, stakeholder engagement, driving policy change and surfacing ocean values, with great contributions from our attendees spanning 45 cities worldwide.

Watch the webinar recording

Alongside a collaboration of scientific institutions and ocean groups from around the world, we've launched a new experiment to monitor the movement of plastic bottles in the ocean. A GPS signal will be sent from the bottles several times a day to provide a live update on their location, this allows us to monitor their progress and track how far they have travelled in real time.

Follow the bottles live as they journey across the ocean

Our flagship projects

#ONELESS PIONEER NETWORK

Join our network of 90+ organisations removing single-use plastic water bottles from workplaces, shops and supply chains.

'HELLO LONDON' CAMPAIGN

Learn about our ‘Hello London, Goodbye Ocean Plastic’ campaign, which influenced 5 million people to change behaviour in 2019.

LONDON'S DRINKING FOUNTAINS

Discover how we revived drinking fountains in London and influenced the Mayor’s decision to install more than 100 new fountains.

RIVER THAMES MONITORING

Find out more about our scientific research to understand and monitor the scale of the plastic pollution problem in the River Thames.

About us

#OneLess was established in 2016 to reduce London’s single-use plastic footprint and tackle ocean plastic pollution at source. London is an estuarine city, directly connected to the ocean via the River Thames, and our actions in this city profoundly impact the ocean. When we started in 2016, Londoners bought over a billion single-use plastic water bottles every year, with many of these making their way into the River Thames and potentially flowing out to the ocean.

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