#OneLess is working to influence policy both in London and nationally to create long-lasting change to reduce plastic pollution and improve the health of our ocean.

Calling on the future Mayor to champion London as a world leader in tackling ocean plastic pollution

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.

#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.

Our joint statement has now been sent to Mayoral candidates but there is still a chance for organisations who have not yet signed on to our statement to get involved.

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.

Support our joint statement

You can read our joint statement in full here and view our list of supporters.

We’d love to have your support too! Please email [email protected] to add your organisation’s name to the #OneLess joint statement to the London Mayoral candidates.

Read the full 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Related documents

  • February 2021: Response to Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry: Water quality in rivers – here.
  • January 2018: Response to Prime Minister’s 25-year environment plan – here.
  • November 2017: Response to draft London Environment Strategy – here.
  • November 2017: Response to Defra Deposit Return Scheme consultation – here.
  • May 2017: UK general election manifesto asks from the #OneLess movement – here.
  • April 2017: Response to Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry: Coffee cups and plastic bottles: disposable packaging – here.
  • February 2017: Response to Defra consultation: Proposals to ban the use of plastic microbeads ….. entering the marine environment – here.