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 February 2021

Judges Announced





15th April 2021


You can nominate a friend, a colleague, a family member, someone from your own community or yourself. You could enter the charity, school, business or event that you work for or one that you admire. We don't want to put up any barriers to identifying the most amazing Plastic Free Champions out there!

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The judges will be asked to consider the following


Is this an original or ground-breaking project locally, nationally or beyond?

Commitment of the entrants

How dedicated individuals, entrants and businesses have been in the fight against avoidable plastic?

Social & Community Benefit

Have communities or areas benefited? Evidence of measurable impact/benefits.

Economic Benefit

Have reductions or savings been achieved? Evidence of measurable impact/benefits.

Future expansion and replicability

Is the project contagious!

Personality and communication

Spreading the word and inspiring others to join the plastic free movement.

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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 Activist

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?

Sporting for Change

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.

Design Innovation: Reduction

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

Community Movement

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 Leader

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?

Change Maker

Researchers and scientists are stepping up to solve the plastic pollution issue. Do you know an individual or group who has carried out groundbreaking research or made a promising scientific breakthrough to reduce plastic pollution?

Plastic Free Creative

Who has raised awareness of plastic pollution through their creative talents? Do you know someone who has composed a song, written a story or produced artwork to inspire people to take action on plastic? Nominate musicians, sculptors, painters, authors and other creatives.


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.


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 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 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.

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.


The IFCF has donated over £23 million 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 £3m to Alder Hey Children's Hospital, over £1.5m to Help For Heroes, and £1m to Prostate Cancer UK.


Knight Frank

2019 Awards

Congratulations to all last year's winners and thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. We were blown away reading about all the inspiring work being carried out across the nation and cannot wait to see what the 2021 awards brings. Watch this space!

Best Plastic Campaign



Runners up

Ghost Fishing UK



Will McCallum

Runners up

Amanda Keetley
Dr Christian Dunn

Youth Plastic


Ella & Caitlin McEwan

Runners up

Louis-Matisse Nicholls
Harry Watson



Lewis Pugh

Runners up

Kiko Matthews
Hannah Mills

Plastic Production



Runners up

BeeBee Wraps
WAES Footwear

Plastic-free Community


Plastic Free Penzance

Runners up

Plastic Free Lyme Regis
Plastic Free Anglesey

Reduce & Reuse Award


City to Sea
- Refill Campaign.

Runners up

Odyssey Innovation.
Blue Marine Foundation

Small Business



Runners up

Plastic Freedom.

Plastic-free Venues and Events


Boston Tea Party

Runners up

Shambala Festival.
The Pop-Up Eco



Damers First School

Runners up

Georgeham C of E (VC) Primary School
Stow Primary School.



Matt Downes

Sir Malcolm Walker Award


Sir David Attenborough


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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