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‘Oceans’ reveals worst polluted beaches in the UK

UK beaches are riddled with plastic pollution. Toilet paper company Oceans has discovered the top worst affected beaches and are campaigning to spread awareness.

There are 5000 pieces of plastic & 150 plastic bottles for each mile on UK beaches, while 88% of the sea’s surface is polluted by plastic waste. Humans have produced over 320 million tonnes of plastic, creating 500 dead zones, which will double every decade.

With many British coastlines being affected by contamination and pollution, sustainable toilet paper company Oceans has collated data to highlight the top 10 worst polluted beaches in the UK:


Blackpool Central

Blackpool North

Bognor Regis (Aldwick)

Bridlington South Beach

Dunster Beach


Scarborough South Bay

St Mary’s Bay (Kent)

Tynemouth Cullercoats

Weston-Super-Mare Sand Bay


Ahead of the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Oceans wanted to demonstrate the potentially devastating impact marine pollution has on these beaches.

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Called the ‘Polluted Mermaid,’ the campaign features a mythical sea creature washed ashore along with plastic bottles, waste, and harmful chemicals, highlighting the harsh realities human activity has on our oceans and the planet.

The stunt aims to encourage people to switch their everyday lifestyle habits and begin using household products that are more environmentally friendly.

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Oceans hopes to drive better awareness of the conditions of our coastlines. If we don’t act now, the impact will become damaged beyond repair, affecting the air, our ecosystem, and our own health.

Jordan Kelly, brand marketing manager at Oceans, says: ‘Oceans is no stranger to being at the forefront of raising awareness of marine pollution, and this latest campaign is a breath of fresh air not only for the brand, but for the UK audience.’

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‘Continued lack of ocean protection and ignorance will accelerate climate change beyond repair; and with The High Seas Treaty aiming to help place 30% of the seas into protected areas by 2030, this campaign has the potential to be an imaginative solution that truly makes a splash.’