#OneLess - Because everything we do touches the ocean
The #OneLess campaign has been leading the charge against ocean plastic pollution since 2016, focusing on the pervasive single-use plastic water bottle. We are tackling plastic pollution at source, cultivating a fundamental change in the way Londoners drink water – from plastic water bottles, to refilling. Our vision is to transform London into a place where single-use bottled water is a thing of the past and where plastic waste is drastically reduced for the sake of the ocean.
OUR PRIORITY PROJECTS
Hello London, Goodbye Ocean Plastic iniative
'Hello London, Goodbye Ocean Plastic' is a campaign to raise awareness about the alternatives to plastic bottled water in London and showcase the visionaries who provide them.
We've teamed up with some of London's leading visitor attractions, popular destinations and events to encourage Londoners and tourists to drink water the London way and stop using plastic water bottles.
#OneLess pioneer network
The #OneLess pioneer network is a growing community of organisations leading the charge against ocean plastic pollution by taking action to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic bottled water in London.
Pioneer network members gain access to #OneLess events specifically designed to help overcome challenges, whilst also connecting and learning from others.
London's drinking fountains
In January 2018, #OneLess formed a partnership with the Mayor of London and fountain supplier MIW Water Cooler experts to install London's first modern day network of drinking fountains across the city. Since then, we've installed 28 drinking fountains across 11 London boroughs.
The project has been a huge success, with the fountains dispensing enough water to save 155,000 single-use plastic water bottles in less than a year. The project has also inspired others to take action, including a commitment from the Mayor of London to install a further 100 drinking fountains across the city.
Thames bottle monitoring programme
#OneLess is working with project partners and citizen scientists to deepen our understanding of the extent of plastic bottle pollution in the River Thames through our science based Thames bottle monitoring progrramme.
Since April 2016, we have collected and removed more than 60,000 single-use plastic bottles from along the River Thames, of which nearly 50% of the categorised bottles were water bottles.
#OneLess is hosted by the Zoological Society of London, in partnership with Forum for the Future, The International Programme on the State of the Ocean, and the Thames Estuary Partnership and is working with major London attractions and businesses, to find and implement solutions to eradicate plastic bottled water and enable a refill culture across our city