Plastic Free Awards
Plastic Free Awards


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


The Plastic Free Awards is the coolest environmental awards. Now in its second year, the awards 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.

Founded by Surfers Against Sewage and the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation in 2019, the Plastic Free Awards is an environmental awards category, celebrating innovation and activism tackling avoidable, single-use plastics.

Nominations are open to the public across twelve categories. In 2019, over 850 nominations were received covering individuals, businesses, innovators and pioneers in the fight against plastic pollution.

The second hosting of the Plastic Free Awards will be a light at the end of the tunnel after months of extra work and hardship. It will feature as a way to 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.



27th October


27th October 2020
26th March 2021

Judges Announced





17th June 2021


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


Best Plastic Campaign

Everyday Plastic


Ghost Fishing UK

Plastic-Free hero

Turn The Tide Cornwall

Plastics Rebellion

Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Youth Activist

Kids Against Plastic

Skye Neville

Aditya Mukarji

Sporting for Change

Trash Free Trails

The Big Plastic Pledge

British Mountaineering Council

Design Innovation: Reduction

REEL Brands

Waes Footwear


Community Movement

SAS Port Talbot

Outdoor Mums CIC

Paws on Plastic

Reduce & Reuse Award

Mor Repair Company


Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust

Small Business Leader

Dougie John's Hair Salon

BlueBird Exchange

Odyssey Innovation

Plastic-free Venues & Events


Simply Green Zero Waste

Falmouth Community Fire Station

Schools Champion

St Ethelwold's Primary School

Windhill 21 Primary School

Stow Primary School

Change Maker

Dr Sarah Nelms

Dr Imogen Napper

Teki Anna Tetteh-Wright

Plastic Free Creative

Wild Tribe Heroes

The Leith Collective

Andy Hughes


Lucy Siegle Lucy Siegle

Lucy Siegle

Writer and journalist

Richard Walker Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Managing Director of Iceland Foods

Hugo Tagholm Hugo Tagholm

Hugo Tagholm

CEO of Surfers Against Sewage

Gillian Burke Gillian Burke

Gillian Burke

BBC Wildlife presenter and biologist

Sian Sutherland Sian Sutherland

Sian Sutherland

Co-founder of campaign group A Plastic Planet

Dr Paula Owen Dr Paula Owen

Dr Paula Owen

Environmental campaigner and author

Liz Bonnin Liz Bonnin

Liz Bonnin

Science, Natural History and Environmental Broadcaster

Lizzie Daly Lizzie Daly

Lizzie Daly

Wildlife biologist and presenter

Dan Crockett Dan Crockett

Dan Crockett

Writer and conservationist

Dr Cliff Kapono Dr Cliff Kapono

Dr Cliff Kapono

Professional surfer and scientist

Ella Daish Ella Daish

Ella Daish

Environmental activist


Lucy Siegle

Writer and journalist

British journalist and writer, Lucy is a leading voice on environmentalism. Specialising 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. She is also known as a reporter and presenter on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’, and has been reporting on the problem of single-use plastics since the show began in 2007.


Richard Walker

Managing Director of Iceland Foods

In 2012, Richard joined Iceland Foods – the company established by his parents Malcolm and Rhianydd in 1970. Now Managing Director, Richard has taken the board lead on sustainability issues across the group. Under his leadership, Iceland has taken on a range of world-leading sustainability initiatives that include becoming the first major retailer globally to commit to eliminating single-use plastic packaging from its own label range, to be completed by the end of 2023.


Hugo Tagholm

CEO of Surfers Against Sewage

CEO of Surfers Against Sewage, Hugo became involved with the charity back in 1991, a year after its inception, as a passionate surfer and beach enthusiast. Taking over the helm in 2008, he has utilised his experience as an activist, regional rep and trustee within the charity to shape the current strategy and build a sustainable action plan for years to come.


Gillian Burke

BBC Wildlife presenter and biologist

BBC wildlife presenter Gillian is a biologist with an eye and an ear for storytelling. She joined the much-loved BBC seasonal wildlife series ‘The Watches’ in 2018, and is now co-presenting Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch alongside hosts Chris Packham, Iolo Williams & Megan McCubbin. Based in Cornwall, she is also the patron of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and an active volunteer of the Marine Strandings Network, rescuing stranded marine mammals and seabirds.


Sian Sutherland

Co-founder of campaign group A Plastic Planet

Co-founder of campaign group A Plastic Planet, a global social impact movement with a single goal – to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap – Sian is a multi-award winner and well-known in the environmental world. Her passion is about igniting social change by creating brands, campaigns and businesses with soul.

Dr Paula

Dr Paula Owen

Environmental campaigner and author

Environmental campaigner and eco-innovator, Paula is a specialist in environmental sustainability, behavioural change and engagement. She has over two decades of expertise in the environmental sustainability sector, with a PhD in climate change atmospheric science from the University of Oxford. The author of numerous environmentally-related publications, for the past six years Paula has been an Expert Evaluator for the Horizon 2020 EU Commission funding mechanism.


Liz Bonnin

Science, Natural History and Environmental Broadcaster

With a Masters in Wild Animal Biology, Liz has presented over 40 primetime TV programmes, including the BBC’s Bafta-Award winning Blue Planet Live, Super Smart Animals, Galapagos and Horizon. Her recent work includes investigating the ocean plastic crisis with the Landmark documentary ‘Drowning in Plastic’ which raised the level of public debate on this important topic and won a prestigious RTS Award.


Lizzie Daly

Wildlife biologist and presenter

Lizzie is a Welsh wildlife biologist, broadcaster, filmmaker and conservationist. A healthy curiosity for the natural world has led her to conduct research and make wildlife films all over the world. She has worked as a presenter for the BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet and has been a regular host on the BBC Earth Unplugged YouTube channel. Lizzie is an academic teaching and outreach fellow at Swansea University, currently studying for her PhD in elephant to human conflict.


Dan Crockett

Writer and conservationist

Writer and conservationist, Dan started working in marine conservation after freediving in the Orkney Islands and realising the extraordinary marine biodiversity (and absence of it) in our waters. As Development Director of Blue Marine Foundation, he supports project development and overall organisational growth, while also directing projects focused on the high seas and national marine parks.

Dr Cliff

Dr Cliff Kapono

Professional surfer and scientist

Cliff is a professional surfer, chemist and journalist. Born on the eastern shores of Hawai‘i, his life involves equal parts science as it does surf. While contributing several peer-reviewed publications to the fields of molecular bioscience, he has also produced a handful award-winning films that discuss indigenous activism and ocean conservation. He has been profiled in publications such as The New York Times, NBC, CBS, Surfer Magazine, and more. Cliff is currently based in Hilo, Hawai‘i and can be found tinkering in the lab when not chasing the best waves on the planet.


Ella Daish

Environmental activist

Ella is an environmental activist and founder of the #EndPeriodPlastic campaign. Her award-winning campaign is leading to significant changes in the period industry. It has resulted in three UK retailers removing plastic tampon applicators from their products, and sparked others to develop sustainable ranges. She is influencing manufacturers and supermarkets to make real changes and councils and governments to spend their period poverty funding on eco-friendly products

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 Mission

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.


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.


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.


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.


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:



We're a community dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife. We fight long and hard to protect what we love and we won't stop until it's completely clean, safe and protected for everyone, forever. From humble beginnings in Porthtowan Village Hall in 1990, we've stayed close to our roots and continue to be based just up the road at our St Agnes HQ where we can keep an eye on the sea.


IFCF has donated over £30m to good causes in the UK in the last 20 years. Through our 'Dementia: let's beat it' campaign we have focused on fundraising for dementia research, donating £10m to help fund construction of the new UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL, £5m to Alzheimer's Research UK and £1.5m to Alzheimer's Society. Our 'Backyard Nature Campaign' has inspired 750,000 hours for children in nature. Our work with Sepsis Trust has seen the development of two life saving campaigns 'Schools Against Sepsis' and 'Sepsis Savvy'. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Surfers Against Sewage via these awards and as lead partner of the Million Mile Clean.


Knight Frank


Here are a selection of images from the last Plastic Free Awards. Thank you again to everyone who attended and entered the last Plastic Free Awards. It was a fantastic celebration of plastic free champions across the nation and highlighted all the great work happening to win the war on single use plastic.


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Not long left!

There’s not long left to nominate, entries close on 26th March! When you submit a nomination, your name will be automatically entered into our free prize draw to win a Firewire surfboard. Don’t miss out, nominate today!