Marine Pollution Pledge

Marine Pollution Pledge

Find out how Yorkshire businesses can help stop our seas from choking!  

Plastic bag drifting underwater - stock photo from I-Stock (I-Stock Reff 1163261275)

Yorkshire businesses can help to save our seas

Welcome to our online Marine Pollution Pledge! Here you can find information about the impacts of marine pollution and what Yorkshire businesses can do to help. We all have our role to play in turning the tide on marine pollution like litter - and businesses can have a huge impact.

Sign up below to receive checklists of what your business can do, various resources, incentives and personalised support from our expert marine team! 

The problem What's in it for you? Sign up

Underwater image of kelp and seagrass

Seaweeds, including a canopy of spagetti seaweed (Himanthalia elongata) growing in a shallow channel. Cairns of Coll, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. British Isles. North East Atlantic Ocean. Photographed in July 2011. - Alexander Mustard/2020VISION

7 in every 10 breaths we take comes from the ocean...

The problem

We rely upon the ocean for a myriad of reasons. It produces over half of the world’s oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. It provides us with multiple resources including recreation, tourism, aggregates, fuels, renewable energy and food products. However these resources won't be there forever. 

Yorkshire’s wildlife is under threat - every day we see the shocking impact of human activity on our seas. Tiny microplastics and tangles of deadly rubbish are polluting our beaches and choking our wildlife. Agricultural runoff, pesticides and untreated sewage fill our seas with toxic chemicals. Our wild creatures, from tiny crabs to majestic whales, suffer stomachs blocked with plastic and chemical filled waters.

Unfortunately Yorkshire is not exempt. It is estimated that within the North Sea alone, approximately 20,000 tonnes of waste is dumped annually.

Oil pollution

Oil is regularly carried out to sea via runoff from roads, rivers and drainpipes

Underwater image of Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

300 million tons of plastic is created annually, and 50% is single use only

Hundreds of fish in a net

By 2050, ocean plastic will outweigh all the ocean's fish

Gannet entangled in plastic

Plastic causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds & 100,000 marine mammals every year

What's in it for you?

Taking the Marine Pollution Pledge can be a win-win! Below are some reasons why it would be beneficial for your business to help reduce it's impact on our seas.

Attract eco-friendly customers

88% of consumers want brands to help them live a more sustainable lifestyle and often spread the word when they find them. 

Attract more tourists

No one wants to visit a place that is covered in rubbish and plastic. 

Increase your businesses reputation

Green credentials result in great publicity and we can help with that. When you take our Marine Pollution Pledge, we advertise it far and wide using our numerous communication channels. 

Save money

Reusable items can often be more cost effective in the long term than single use ones and you may even reduce your waste disposal costs.

Incentives from us

After you sign up, we will provide you with a variety of incentives including discounts on events, interpretation and much more. 

We are here to help

After signing up to our Marine Pollution Pledge, our knowledgeable marine team will be with you every step of the way. Together we will discuss what is realistic for your business and how you can achieve it. 

88% of consumers want brands to help them live a more sustainable lifestyle

Sign up!

Your business can help protect Yorkshire's seas! Businesses have an opportunity to make the drastic cultural changes needed to reverse the current marine pollution crises, ensuring our seas have the time and space to recover and thrive once again. 

We would like to see businesses in Yorkshire pledging their support for our seas and it's long-term health, whilst also identifying how they themselves can help reduce marine pollution.

Sign up below to receive checklists, resources, incentives and personalised support from our dedicated marine team!