TACKLING OCEAN PLASTIC POLLUTION AT SOURCE
#OneLess is changing the way Londoners drink water, from single-use plastic water bottles to refilling and reusing.
TRACKING THE MOVEMENT OF PLASTIC BOTTLES ACROSS THE OCEAN
BRINGING BACK PUBLIC DRINKING FOUNTAINS
INSPIRING THE PUBLIC TO CHANGE BEHAVIOUR
EMPOWERING BUSINESSES TO ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
ENCOURAGING LONDONERS TO EMBRACE THEIR REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLES
MONITORING PLASTIC BOTTLE POLLUTION IN THE RIVER THAMES
INNOVATING NEW SOLUTIONS FOR LONDON
#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.
Working with a rapidly growing movement of pioneering individuals, innovators, communities, businesses, NGOs, and policymakers, #OneLess is spearheading a change in the way Londoners access and drink water, from single-use plastic water bottles, to refilling and reusing. A new culture has arrived, with the number of people using a refillable water bottle higher than ever before, a growing citywide network of 150+ public drinking fountains, and 90+ organisations are actively working to encourage refilling and remove plastic water bottles from workplaces, venues, shops and supply chains.
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.
Our flagship projects
Make the #OneLess pledge
Make a personal commitment today to protect our ocean.
Pledge to stop using single-use plastic water bottles in favour of sustainable alternatives by clicking the button below. Switch to using refillable bottles, drinking fountains, and tap water.
Join the #OneLess pioneer network
Eliminate single-use plastic water bottles from your organisation.
Join our fast-growing network of organisations that are taking action to remove single-use plastic water bottles and transition to refilling and reusing instead.
Install a drinking fountain
Are you interested in installing your own drinking fountain?
Download our open access guide which offers an insight into our experience of installing 29 public drinking fountains across London, including our lessons learnt from the process.