There is a wealth of information about the problem of ocean plastics and many charities and organisations dedicated to raising awareness and helping teach children. Please have a look at the following links for more information about how to make your school Plastic Free and also some excellent teaching resources on more specific issues such as balloon releases, ghost nets, whales etc as well as advice on carrying out your own beach clean or litter pick.


Surfers Against Sewage – Nationally recognised charity Plastic Free Schools Campaign working to reduce the use of single use plastic in schools


Keep Britain Tidy – Eco-Schools Internationally recognised Eco-Schools Awards – help your school achieve eco-school status


Orca UK based whale charity – learn about all things whale related


Marine Conservation Society UK National charity providing free workshops and assemblies. Lots of information about ocean environments

Kids Against Plastic UK based child centred movement run by children against single use plastic. Fantastic resources covering many areas


#2MinuteBeachClean UK Non-Profit which has made litter picking cool. Order your litter picking gear here and help support a grass roots approach to the problem


Clean Cornwall An initiative to teach children about the problems of balloon releases – a great resource pack and advice on how to organise your own litter pick


Fathoms Free Cornish charity diving for underwater nets and recycling the nets into kayaks. Amazing examples of using litter as art which will inspire children


Ghost Fishing UK UK charity fishing for nets and sending them to be recycled into swimming costumes, carpets, clothes etc. Any nets that are found please report to them for collection