The upcoming London Mayoral elections on 6 May will provide a vital opportunity for new commitments to be made, and action to follow, to help eliminate single-use plastic water bottles in London. As London begins to emerge from lockdown, we must ensure that the future Mayor continues to work to protect our streets, our river, and our ocean from unnecessary and harmful plastic pollution.
Calling on the future Mayor to champion London as a world leader in tackling ocean plastic pollution
#OneLess has teamed up with 40 sector-leading organisations including Shaftesbury, the Tate, Kings College London to ask all Mayoral election candidates to make the following commitments in their manifestos:
- Promote London as a city leading the charge to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic and build awareness of the impact of single-use plastics on our ocean;
- Ensure sufficient and equal access to public drinking water refill points in London;
- Eradicate single-use plastic water bottles in Greater London Authority buildings and support London businesses to do the same.
Join us in calling on the future Mayor to protect our ocean from plastic pollution by showing your support for our asks and sending your logo to [email protected] for inclusion on the joint statement.
Past success stories
A new network of drinking fountains for London
In 2018, #OneLess partnered with the Mayor’s office and MIW Water Cooler Experts to install London’s first modern day network of drinking fountains. The success of this initiative then catalysed a £5 million investment from London’s Mayor and Thames Water to install 100+ further fountains in the city.
UN Ocean Conference go plastic free in New York
#OneLess teamed up with the United Nations Environment Programme, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Ocean Conservancy to take the #OneLess movement, and its refill culture, to the first-ever UN Ocean Conference in New York, making it the first UN conference to go single-use plastic water bottle free.
Plastic Free Parliament
In 2018, #OneLess teamed up with Surfers Against Sewage to urge MPs to lead by example and rid Parliament of single-use plastic. The campaign was a huge success and led to the parliamentary estate committing to the elimination of single-use plastics.
London Assembly Response
#OneLess successfully provided evidence and recommendations to relevant enquiries launched by the Environment Audit Committee. In 2017 this resulted in the London Assembly Environment Committee releasing a report on plastic bottles and calling on the government for more action.