GOODBYE OCEAN PLASTIC
Londoners are saying no to plastic bottled water and embracing all the great alternatives we have instead.
8 million tonnes of plastic is entering the ocean every year – that’s the equivalent of 10 London Eyes every day.
Whether you’re a Londoner or one of the 30 million visitors that flock to London each year, you can make a positive difference.
Drink water the London way! Stop using plastic water bottles and switch to using refillable bottles, drinking fountains, and the tap.
Whether you're a Londoner, here on business, or visiting for a city break, always carry a refillable water bottle and fill up from one of the many free drinking water points scattered through the city.
Refillable water bottle
Carrying a refillable water bottle is the latest London trend.
But don’t worry if you didn’t bring your own. You can buy a refillable bottle from many of London’s museums and tourist destinations, including ZSL London Zoo, Selfridges, the Natural History Museum, as well as coffee shops like Pret A Manger, many major supermarkets too and even some clothes shops!
Drinkable tap water
Tap water is safe to drink wherever you go in London.
London’s world class tap water is accessible across the city and free – so be sure to make the most of it during your visit.
The tap water in London is mainly supplied by Thames Water and is in fact subject to greater testing and controls than the bottled-water industry. There no need to question the safety of tap water in London so use the tap.
Find out more here.
A new network of drinking fountains is expanding across the capital.
We’ve recently worked with the Mayor of London to install more than 20 new drinking fountains across the capital to make it easier to refill on the go. Subsequently the Mayor of London has committed to installed a further 100 drinking fountains across London!
Check out this map to find your nearest drinking fountain.
Free drinking water in cafes
Having access to free drinking water is your right!
By law, all licenced premises in England and Wales are required to provide free drinkable water to their customers on request. This means pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, takeaway food and drink outlets, cinemas, theatres – anywhere that is authorised to sell alcohol.
Alternatively, you can download the Refill app to find out where you can refill your water bottle for free!
London says Goodbye Ocean Plastic
Hello London hits Carnaby Street
We’ve partnered with the fantastic team at Shaftesbury to bring Hello London to Carnaby and encourage Carnaby-goers to drink water the London way.
So when you’re next in the area, be sure to check out this striking mural – and don’t forget there’s a #OneLess water fountain right round the corner in Kingly Court where you can fill up for free.
London National Park City Festival
This summer London became the world’s first National Park City!
To celebrate, we joined up with our project partners at the Thames Estuary Partnership during a showing of their award winning documentary ‘The Living Thames’ to highlight our wonderful River Thames and explore some of the reasons why we need to protect it by saying #GoodbyeOceanPlastic.
Hello London celebrates RideLondon
In August, Prudential RideLondon, one of London’s greatest sporting events, took place with 100,000 cyclists traveling across London and Surrey.
Previously, around 65,000 single-use plastic water bottles had been given out over the weekend, but this year was different. RideLondon waved #GoodbyeOceanPlastic and encouraged riders to bring their own refillable bottle instead.
New fountain at the Tate
The Tate Modern is the UK’s most visited tourist attraction and one of the world’s most iconic galleries has joined Hello London, Goodbye Ocean Plastic!
It is also home to a brand new #OneLess water fountain, which you’ll find in front of the Tate’s main entrance, a few metres from the Riverfront!
ZSL's Zoo Nights
During June and July, we teamed up with ZSL Zoo nights to encourage visitors to ditch plastic water bottles and say #GoodbyeOceanPlastic. Zoo-goers were able to visit a life-sized replica sperm whale and learn about the marine plastic problem.
Next time you visit, don’t forget to bring your refillable water bottle so you can refill from one of ZSL London Zoo’s drinking fountains!
Summer by the River
In July, we ran a public workshop in Hay’s Galleria as part of London Bridge City’s ‘Summer by the River’ festival. Opposite London’s iconic skyline, over 60 people joined us to find out about the many alternative ways to keep hydrated in London without buying bottled water.
Tourists and Londoners heard about wildlife in our very own river Thames, and we also collected many musings on ‘what the ocean means to you’ as part of our creative ocean story table!
Mint Street Music Festival
The Mint Street Music Festival is a single-use plastic free festival with live music, dance, art and food in Mint Street Park, London.
We’re joining them this festival season to celebrate all the ocean-friendly ways of drinking water in London including the drinking fountain they have at the festival!
FCO beach clean
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have taken incredible action against single-use plastic and are now the first government department to join the #OneLess pioneer network.
This summer, we joined the FCO for a beach clean along the River Thames to collect and remove plastic litter, including plastic bottles. Information about the plastic litter we collected has since contributed to our long-term bottle monitoring programme.
In September, #OneLess was at Thames Tidefest at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’.
We were delighted to see hundreds of visitors armed with their refillable water bottle, enjoying nearby refill points and drinking water the London way.
Time Out competition
We’ve team up with Time Out London to bring you the competition of the year to celebrate Hello London, Goodbye Ocean Plastic spreading across London.
The lucky prize winner will win an unforgettable #OneLess experience in London, including tickets to the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo and more!
#OneLess teamed up with Lonely Whale to reduce single-use plastic water bottles in their great new campaign to encourage you to hydrate like a Londoner.
We kicked off our partnership with a social media takeover to showcase London as a city that is embracing alternatives to bottled water, for the sake of the ocean.