Reset your habits

Plastic bottles are a scourge for the environment. Surfrider fights this major “serial litter” which appears every year in the Top 10 of waste collected on the beaches during the Ocean Initiatives. Together, let’s commit to reduce their volume among consumers and industrialists. It is also time to encourage the use of sustainable alternatives such as reusable containers and water fountains!


Reset Your Habits

Towards reusable bottles!

20 000 minimum plastic bottles are collected every year by Surfrider during Ocean Initiatives. They take 100 to 1000 years to decompose in the environment. The pollution arising from these bottles is a considerable, lasting nuisance for ecosystems, fauna and flora.

Convinced that Eco responsible behavior depends on the promotion of viable alternatives, Surfrider invites citizens to use a water-carrier instead of a bottle and use water fountains provided by local authorities. Surfrider also challenges local authorities and European institutions to promote reusable containers and facilitate free access to drinking water fountains. We are calling for the abolition of single-use bottles and, where it is necessary, improvement of retreatment and reuse of plastic bottles.

 Why should I get committed?


Because of overconsumption

Europe is the leading consumer of water bottles with 109.9 liters of water consumed per person per year


There is not enough recycling

1.8 million tons of PET bottles were collected and recycled in 2015 in Europe, which represents only 59% of all bottles in the European market.


An environmental scourge

1 million birds and 100 000 sea mammals die every year because of plastic pollution, which impacts around 690 marine species


Changing behavior at every level!

Citizens, industrialists and politicians … every stakeholder has the possibility of making the right choices and preferring reusable materials that do not depend on fossil energies. Since the answer is not to go for the wrong solutions for the future, such as bioplastics, either, Surfrider is remaining alert about the suggested solutions, preferring retreatment and reuse for a circular economy that respects the environment.



And what if the water carrier became a part of our daily life? Let’s change our habits as citizens, at home, at work, on holiday … Get rid of our plastic bottles and use water carriers.



Industrialists must deliberately undertake to reduce single-use packaging and prefer larger volumes, developing reusable materials and alternatives. Surfrider will bring pressure to bear to promote these options within the European Union.



The public authorities must also become aware of the problem and give preference to the recovery of plastic waste and raising the awareness of the public about alternatives (advice, sorting, water bottles …) and the introduction of water fountains in public areas.



What concrete action can we take?

I join a caravan

Join us as a volunteer or participant and take concrete action to raise awareness on this environmental scourge.

Further information


I test my knowledge

Are you aware of the extent of the pollution created by plastic bottles in Europe? Our Ocean Campus has set up its own quiz!



I post on the social networks

With the hashtag #ResetyourBottle, share our messages on the web using our readymade kit with important data and figures on plastic bottles.



Reduce, reuse and recycle!
Change our habits and use more reusable bottles and sustainable alternatives.

In the field…
Surfrider Caravans are on the road in France, Spain and Germany

Every year Surfrider organizes field work to raise public awareness of the problem of marine waste. As well as Ocean Initiatives, Surfrider organizes educational Caravans – a mobile program to raise awareness, following the meanderings of waste from source to ocean.

The Surfrider crew is organizing several of these in Europe including several stages from upstream to downstream on a European river. In 2017, our Surfrider Caravans are looking more closely at plastic bottle pollution. They will be particularly active on the 8th of June, for World Oceans Day. Find out more details of our activities!



marqueurCaravane Seine

From Paris, through Conflans-Ste-Honorine and on to Le Havre, the Seine Caravane offers workshops, collections, conferences and many other teaching activities with pupils.

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marqueurCaravana Sin plástico

Waste collection, a conference on the solutions to reduce consumption of bottles, projection of the Ocean Report film… in the Community in Valence, take part in a convivial event with the hashtag #SinPlastico.

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marqueurHamburg Caravan

The Germany caravan in Hamburg is waiting for you to take part in a collection and film showings and discuss the plastic bottle problem.

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Sources : Petcore Europe 2015 ; European Federation of Bottled Waters Report 2015 ;The impact of debris on marine life, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol 92 – S.C. Gall, R.C. Thompson ; Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer, Bilan Environnemental des IO 2016 (Surfrider Foundation Europe)



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