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Wednesday 15 July 2015

Project Ocean

Project Ocean

In the next decade, our oceans could hold one kilogram of plastic for every three kilograms of fish. In its fifth year, Project Ocean 2015 sets out to raise awareness of the harm plastic causes to our oceans. We're starting by removing all single-use plastic water bottles from our Foodhalls and restaurants, amounting to approximately 400,000 bottles a year. Discover more about the plastics problem and how you can make a difference.

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Almost 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally each year - equivalent to the weight of the entire human population - and only about 10% of that is recycled

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8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year – equal to five grocery bags of plastic on every foot of coastline around the globe

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There is currently a plastics patch twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific

Plastic pollution is destroying marine life, entering the food chain and ultimately our bodies...

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WHAT CAN I DO?

I'M SURE RECYCLING MY PLASTIC BAGS AND BOTTLES PLAYS ITS PART , BUT OF ALL THE RUBBISH FLOATING IN OUR SEAS, HOW CAN MY SMALL GESTURES REALLY MAKE A BIG CHANGE ?

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP

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Currently 13 billion plastic water bottles are used in the UK each year but only 23% are recycled. The remaining 10 billion bottles go to landfill or find their way into the ocean where they release toxic chemicals. We've permanently removed all single-use plastic water bottles from our stores in favour of our new glass bottled water range and reusable water vessels. Shop our collection and refill your vessel at our new Water Bar and Sea Change Drinking Fountain at Selfridges
Oxford Street, London.

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3 WAYS TO BE PART OF THE SEA CHANGE

Here are three easy ways we can all help to protect our ocean:

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1/ DONATE AS
YOU DINE

This summer we are fundraising for Project Ocean through selected products and our Donate As You Dine scheme, which allows you to make a contribution every time you dine at a Selfridges restaurant or café. Funds raised will help the Zoological Society of London expand the Selfridges Marine Reserve by 5 times, restore the UK’s oldest oyster beds and clean up 200 UK beaches.

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2/ AVOID SINGLE
USE PLASTICS

Soon there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, so it’s time we all reduced our use of single-use plastics. As part of our journey to rethinking the way we use plastics, we have banned all plastic carrier bags and plastic water bottles at Selfridges.

To help you see through the plastics problem in true Selfridges style, we have brought together an edit of the most fashionable re-usable water vessels in store.

SHOP REUSABLE WATER VESSELS
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3/ SAY NO TO EATING
ENDANGERED FISH

If we carry on eating fish in the way we currently do, there will be no more fish in the sea. That’s why we never serve endangered fish at Selfridges. Find out which fish you should take off your menu on the Marine Conservation Society website.

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DIVE INTO OUR HISTORY

Selfridges Project Ocean is retail activism in action – a long-term partnership between Selfridges and The Zoological Society of London to protect our oceans. Now in its fifth year running, we share the story of how together we have triggered a sea change in the way we care for our oceans.

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2015

SEE THROUGH THE PLASTICS PROBLEM

We are committed to making a big difference with Selfridges Project Ocean – both now and in years to come.

This year we are highlighting the dangers of single use plastic, encouraging everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. 60-80% of all marine debris is plastic, which kills animals and breaks down into our food stream – so it's time we started to change the way we use plastics.

Here at Selfridges, we are removing all plastic carrier bags and all still and sparkling plastic water bottles from our store. Not afraid to get our hands dirty, Selfridges team members came together in June to clear plastics from shores of the Thames by Island Gardens. We still have lots of work to do, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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2014

GOING GLOBAL

Last year Project Ocean took centre stage at the once-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney. A Zoological Society of London delegation spoke to a global audience of charities and government officials about the importance of Project Ocean in shifting consumer perceptions.Other successes included funding tiger shark tracking in the Western Indian Ocean and producing an engaging animation about the story of Project Ocean and our future aims.

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2013

SAVE OUR SHARKS

In 2013 we bit back against stereotypes around sharks with the 'Save Our Sharks' exhibition, highlighting how important these toothy predators are to our oceans. 25% of the world’s shark species are now threatened and humans are responsible for killing around 100 million sharks every year.

We are therefore committed to ensuring all products in our Beauty Hall are free from shark oil and shark by-products.

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2012

SPREADING THE WORD

Through the Marine Reserves Coalition, we published the first ever league table of nations with marine protected areas.

To engage a new generation of customers, we launched the Kids in The Kitchen Cook-Off, encouraging budding chefs to think about the fish they serve on their plates.

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2011

NO MORE FISH IN THE SEA

We launched Selfridges Project Ocean with a storewide takeover:from extraordinary food events to amazing window installations and limited edition T-shirts by Katherine Hamnett emblazoned with the slogan 'No More Fish in the Sea'.

We ensured only non-endangered fish are sold and served at Selfridges and began producing the fish guide, which helps customers to navigate away from endangered fish.

We also helped to create the Marine Reserves Coalition and raised money to develop the 50-hectare Selfridges Marine Reserve in the Philippines.

THE PROJECT OCEAN EXHIBITION AND WATER BAR

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Curated by Jane Withers in the Ultralounge on LG at Selfridges London, the exhibition brings together works by designers and artists, including Studio Swine, Andrew Friend, Nick Wood and Alice Dunseath, which shed light on the plastic problem and propose alternative futures.

At The Water Bar, Arabeschi di Latte reconsiders the everyday ritual of water drinking, inviting us to imagine life without the plastic water bottle. You can also visit the Sea Change Drinking Fountain in the Foodhall to refill your water vessel.

Together these experiences and exhibits aim to show how, through reconsidering how we use and abuse plastic, we can all be part of the sea change.

"We make the weight of every man, woman and child on earth in plastic every year. Can you imagine if we recovered that and reused it?"

Captain Charles J. Moore, Oceanographer and transatlantic sailor who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997.

A SEA OF CHANGE

How will you be part of the sea change? In this imaginative film by Liam Saint-Pierre, follow one man's epic quest to save our oceans from plastic pollution, and discover how the solution may be closer to home than you think.

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