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Celebrating the eco-warriors protecting our nation from plastic pollution.

About

The Plastic Free Awards will be the coolest environmental awards of 2019. The awards will recognise champions from all walks of life including young campaigners, community leaders, small businesses, charities, designers, entrepreneurs, sports clubs and schools, with a shared mission of stopping plastic pollution.

There has been a groundswell of community interest and action on the issue of plastic pollution over the last two years. Since the screening of Blue Planet II and the launch of Sky Ocean Rescue, action to tackle plastic pollution has accelerated at every level of society from local communities to NGOs, from business leaders to the front benches of Parliament. Yet there has been no way of clearly recognising this amazing movement or celebrating its success.

The Plastic Free Awards is a new and unique way to celebrate the plastic-free movement, recognising inspirational local community champions, innovators, campaigners and other leaders across the UK.

Held in Bristol in November 2019, the Plastic Free Awards will celebrate those making the biggest contributions to stopping plastic pollution, cleaning up our environment, redesigning our relationship with plastic, innovating new products and materials, and freeing where we live from single-use plastics.

Dates


Launch

17th June


Entries

17th June - 27th September


Founders Announced

27th June


Judges Announced

July


Judging

October


Event

21st November

Categories

Best Plastic Campaign

What is the best campaign you've seen to raise awareness of and tackle plastic pollution? What campaign has inspired you the most? What campaign are you, your organisation or community group most proud of?

Plastic-Free hero

Who has inspired the UK to tackle the plastic pollution and change the way we view single-use plastics? Do you know a champion that you'd like to nominate? Are you that person?

Youth Plastic Pioneer

Do you know someone under 16 who is taking radical action on plastic pollution? Which young voice is winning hearts and minds, and taking the nation by storm?

Sports Champion

Is your local sports club leading the charge on plastics? It could be your community football club, surf life-saving club or a Premier League star that is changing attitudes towards single-use plastics in the sector.

Plastic Production Re-Innovation

What is the best plastic-free innovation you’ve seen? Nominate inventors, businesses, entrepreneurs, designers and big thinkers.

Plastic-free Community

Communities in villages, towns and cities are coming together to take action on plastic. Where is the strongest Plastic Free Community in the UK? Which community has been the most successful in uniting to reduce the use of plastic?

Reduce & Reuse Award

How are new systems helping us reduce our plastic footprint? From beach toy libraries to water fountain networks, what ideas helping you avoid using plastic have excited you most?

Small Business Award

Have you got a high street full of plastic free options? Refill stores, greengrocers, iron mongers, butchers, bakers - we want to know who’s doing a brilliant job of freeing your high street from single-use plastics.

Plastic-free Venues & Events

Cafes, music venues, festivals and stadia are all getting involved with eliminating plastics. From local deposit return schemes on cups to straw-free festivals, we’ve seen it all and we’d love to know your favourite!

Schools Champion

The Plastic Free Schools movement is growing fast, but which school is passing this exam with flying colours? Which school or student is getting straight A’s on plastic action?

Judges

Helen Glover Helen Glover

Helen Glover

As double Olympic Champion, three-times World Champion, twice European Champion and multiple World Cup goldmedal winner, Helen Glover is one of the most decorated athletes in the GB Rowing Team.

Hugo Tagholm Hugo Tagholm

Hugo Tagholm

Hugo is Chief Executive of the national marine conservation and campaigning charity Surfers Against Sewage.

Lucy Siegle Lucy Siegle

Lucy Siegle

Lucy Siegle is an independent writer and journalist (broadcast and print). She specialises in communicating earth science and environmental stories and ethical consumerism.

Richard Walker Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Richard is a passionate environmentalist who has led all Iceland’s recent sustainability initiatives, including its ground-breaking commitments on plastics and palm oil.

Gillian Burke Gillian Burke

Gillian Burke

Gillian Burke is a natural history television programme producer and voiceover artist, and has been a co-presenter of the BBC nature series Springwatch and Autumnwatch since 2017.

Ben Fogle Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle is an award-winning Broadcaster and adventurer. He has written nine Sunday Times best-selling books and is the United Nations Patron of the Wilderness.

Sian Sutherland Sian Sutherland

Sian Sutherland

Igniting social change, creating brands, campaigns and businesses with soul is Sian’s passion.

Liz Bonnin Liz Bonnin

Liz Bonnin

With a Masters in Wild Animal Biology, Liz Bonnin has presented over 40 primetime TV programmes including the BBC's Bafta-Award winning Blue Planet Live, Super Smart Animals, Galapagos and Horizon.

Dr Paula Owen Dr Paula Owen

Dr Paula Owen

Paula is a specialist in environmental sustainability, behavioural change and engagement, staff training, carbon measurement and reporting tools. She has over two decades of expertise in the environmental sustainability sector.

Helen
Glover

Helen Glover

As double Olympic Champion, three-times World Champion, twice European Champion and multiple World Cup goldmedal winner, Helen Glover is one of the most decorated athletes in the GB Rowing Team.

Not only that, she’s fast gaining a reputation as one of the world’s great all-round athletes, having excelled in every sport she has turned her hand to since a young age. Since the 2016 Rio Olympics Helen took some time out from full time rowing training, to focus on other challenges notably, winning the Devises to Westminster Kayak race in 2017 with her husband Steve Backshall, running her first marathon in London in 3hrs 5, and competing in her first half Iron-man, where she finished 10th female 2nd in age and 3rd non pro-athlete over the line, thus qualifying for the 2018 World Championships. She has featured a lot on Television in this time, notably hosting The Boat Race with Clare Balding in 2017, 2018 & 2019.

Hugo
Tagholm

Hugo Tagholm

Hugo is Chief Executive of the national marine conservation and campaigning charity Surfers Against Sewage.

Surfers Against Sewage takes action from the beach front to the front benches of Parliament, where it unites a voice for the ocean through its Ocean Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group. It mobilises over 100,000 community beach and river clean volunteers annually and has been instrumental in helping introduce and enforce new government legislation to protect our seas. He is an environmentalist, award-winning campaigner, surfer, charity professional and a TEDx speaker. This year he will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his services to Marine Conservation.

Lucy
Siegle

Lucy Siegle

Lucy Siegle is an independent writer and journalist (broadcast and print). She specialises in communicating earth science and environmental stories and ethical consumerism.

She has spent over a decade investigating the environmental and social footprint of the global fashion industry. Her book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World , published by Fourth Estate London, 2011, has become known as the essential primer on the footprint of the fashion industry and is recommended reading on academic courses across the world. It was also the basis for hit Netflix documentary, The True Cost, in which Siegle appears and is credited as co-executive producer. In 2014 she co-founded the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth, a marketing and awareness raising programme to bring top design houses closer to sustainable fashion principles. From 2004 to 2018 she wrote a weekly Ethical Living column in the Observer Magazine and set up the Observer’s annual Ethical Living awards, attracting thousands of entries across the UK.

Richard
Walker

Richard Walker

Richard is a passionate environmentalist who has led all Iceland’s recent sustainability initiatives, including its ground-breaking commitments on plastics and palm oil.

Richard is a passionate environmentalist who has led all Iceland’s recent sustainability initiatives, including its ground-breaking commitments on plastics and palm oil. He is a member of the DEFRA Council for Sustainable Business, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a trustee of SAS and other charities, and a regular panellist on BBC1’s Question Time. Married with two daughters, his greatest passions outside family and business are surfing, skiing, trail running and climbing.

Gillian
Burke

Gillian Burke

Gillian Burke is a natural history television programme producer and voiceover artist, and has been a co-presenter of the BBC nature series Springwatch and Autumnwatch since 2017.

Gillian is a biologist with an eye and an ear for drama and storytelling. She joined the much-loved BBC seasonal wildlife series, affectionately known as ‘The Watches’ in 2018, and is presenting Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch. Having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Bristol University, Gillian pursued a career in natural history filmmaking, working her way up the ranks from Researcher to Producer/Director on several Animal Planet and Discovery Channel series.

Ben
Fogle

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle is an award-winning Broadcaster and adventurer. He has written nine Sunday Times best-selling books and is the United Nations Patron of the Wilderness.

Ben has climbed Mount Everest, rowed across the Atlantic, raced across Antarctica to the South Pole and crossed the deserts of the Empty Quarter in the Middle East. Alongside all these adventures, Ben has presented numerous programmes for the BBC, ITV, C5 and Discovery, including the hit series ‘New Lives in the Wild’. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, an ambassador to WWF, Tusk and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Patron of The Red Cross and United Nations.

Sian
Sutherland

Sian Sutherland

Igniting social change, creating brands, campaigns and businesses with soul is Sian’s passion.

Sian is a multi-award winner, including Female Marketer of the Year, CEW Achiever Award, Entrepreneur of the Year and British Inventor of the Year. A serial entrepreneur, Sian has a varied background in advertising, Michelin Star restaurants, film production and brand creation design agencies.

In 2017, Sian and Frederikke Magnussen founded ‘A Plastic Planet’; a global social impact movement with a single goal - to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap. As entrepreneurs, they bring a different, fresh, pro-business approach to environmental issues. They are highly vocal in representing the public’s right for plastic free choice, working collaboratively with industry, retailers, Governments, legislators and the UN; to accelerate the pace of change at all levels.

Recognised in the 2019 Fast Company Awards and winners of International Campaign of the Year, A Plastic Planet also launched the Plastic Free Trust Mark for brands and the 'Working Towards Plastic Free' Commitment Mark for industry. From hackathons for Unilever and WPP, to the Plastic Free Aisle campaign, A Plastic Planet have created global impact in just 2 years.

Liz
Bonnin

Liz Bonnin

With a Masters in Wild Animal Biology, Liz Bonnin has presented over 40 primetime TV programmes including the BBC's Bafta-Award winning Blue Planet Live, Super Smart Animals, Galapagos and Horizon.

Liz recently investigated the ocean plastic crisis with the Landmark documentary 'Drowning in Plastic' which raised the level of public debate on this important topic, also winning a prestigious RTS Award. Liz regularly speaks at and hosts science, natural history and environmental events around the country and abroad, including The National Science and Engineering Competition, the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, New Scientist Live and Blue Dot Festival.

Dr Paula
Owen

Dr Paula Owen

Paula is a specialist in environmental sustainability, behavioural change and engagement, staff training, carbon measurement and reporting tools. She has over two decades of expertise in the environmental sustainability sector.

Paula has a PhD in climate change atmospheric science from the University of Oxford. She is the author of numerous environmentally related publications. She has worked for a range of leading environmental not-for-profit organizations, charities, government departments and academic institutions. She has also assisted other organizations to produce carbon foot-printing tools.

In 2010 Paula established Green Gumption, specialising in creating education and behaviour change campaigns in areas as diverse as water saving, energy efficiency in schools, and air quality in cities. She is also the Founding Director and ‘Chief Fun Officer’ (the world’s first!) of award-winning eco action games, a social enterprise company that invents and produces innovative and educational, engagement and behaviour change resources disguised as games for all ages.

For the past six years Paula has been an Expert Evaluator for the Horizon 2020 EU Commission funding mechanism, where she judges multi-million Euro energy potential projects on their eligibility for funding. She has been a judge for the Global Good Awards since its inception in 2015.

Surfers Against Sewage

We are a national marine conservation and campaigning charity.

We have been at the forefront of plastic pollution campaigning for over a decade, empowering hundreds of thousands of beach clean volunteers, founding the Plastic Free Communities movement, delivering award-winning campaigns and helping create positive change including the plastic bag charge and the commitment to deposit return schemes.

Our Purpose

To create ocean activists everywhere.

Our vision

Thriving ocean, thriving people.

Our Values

The ever-growing SAS community believes in staying connected with the ocean. To strengthen this bond, we live by four core values, that matter deep down, to us all.

Open

Together, we’re passionate, down to earth campaigners, born out of the community, with a deep unrelenting love of the ocean. We believe in building diverse, inclusive and active communities.

Dynamic

We are dynamic, active, energetic doers. From the beaches to the front benches, we bring people together, empowering them to get stuck in and make real change happen.

Authentic

We are human, doing our best. When we don’t get things right, we learn from it. We believe in authenticity. You can’t fake trust.

Creative

We are creative and entrepreneurial. We move fast, think far and believe the future is bright. From our humble home, we make waves (of all shapes and sizes) to improve our greatest gift. A healthy ocean = a healthy society.

For more information and to join the movement visit:

www.sas.org.uk

Founders


SAS
Iceland

The IFCF has donated over £23m to good causes in the UK in the last 20 years.

Since 2010 it has focused principally on fundraising for dementia research, donating £10m to UCL Dementia Research to help fund construction of the London hub of the new UK Dementia Research Institute, more than £3m to Alzheimer’s Research UK, and over £1m to the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

Other major donations have included £3 million to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, over £1.5 million to Help For Heroes, and more than £0.8m to Prostate Cancer UK.

For more information about the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and the many good causes it has supported over the years, please go to www.ifcf.org.uk

Nominate

Nominations for the Plastic Free Awards are now closed. Check back for more news on the shortlist and our overall winners soon!

Questions

01.

What are the Plastic Free Awards?

The Plastic Free Awards are a national environmental awards to recognise the efforts made by individuals and groups towards tackling the issue of plastic pollution and production.

02.

Why should I make a nomination?

Plastic pollution is global issue but that doesn’t mean that we as individuals can’t make a difference. We believe that hard work should be recognised and rewarded as in the end we will all benefit. We also look forward to sharing stores and learning from different community experiences.

03.

Who can make a nomination?

Anyone can make a nomination! You or the people you nominate don’t need to be a part of a Plastic Free Community, School or Business (although we’d love you to be). We want to recognise the achievements of people from all walks of life.

04.

Is this just for Plastic Free Communities and Surfers Against Sewage?

No, anyone can nominate and anyone can be nominated!

05.

How do I make a nomination?

On our website www.plasticfreeawards.org.uk you will find an entry form. Just fill in your details, the details of your nominee, chose an award and tell us why they should win!

06.

When is the deadline for nominations?

Friday 27th September 2019

07.

When will I know if my nomination was successful?

Unfortunately we are not able to respond to everyone but we will announce a short list before the Ceremony in November 2019.

08.

When and where is the Plastic Free Awards Ceremony?

Thursday 21st November 2019. The location will be announced closer to the awards date.

09.

My question isn’t listed, who can I contact?

Please email [email protected]

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