Key environmental movements and legislations


2019 - Single use plastic ban

A ban is declared on the supply of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds by April 2020.


2018 - The UK Plastic Pact

Organisations that are responsible for over 80% of plastic packaging sold in UK Supermarkets commit to making 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.


2018 - The Great British Beach Clean

Twice as many volunteers participated in the Great British Beach Clean than the year before, and they reported on average a 16% decrease in the number of items collected per 100 metres of shoreline.


2017 - “Blue Planet II” documentary

A follow-up to the first series aired in 2001. A wildlife documentary, exploring the world’s oceans, marine mammals and sea creatures. The iconic second series continues exploring the world’s oceans but also brings awareness to the environmental causes and changes that threaten the marine ecosystem and mammals.


2015 - The Paris Agreement

195 counties agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


2015 - Single-use plastic bags charge

Large shops in England to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags to reduce the single-use bags produced and used.


2008 - UK’s Climate Change Act

Established the Committee on Climate Change with the aims to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.


The Blue Planet effect…

Blue Planet II reached 37.5million people in the UK, 62% of those surveyed say they wanted to make changes in their daily lives to reduce pollution of our oceans.1

Online search terms around the documentary including plastic recycling and pollution increased by 55%.

Increased online searches of non-profit organisations:

- the Marine Conservation Society had an increase of 169%j visits to its website
- the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) increased by 51% with both series of the Blue Planet
- the Plastic Oceans Foundation increased by 35%