We believe
in healthy seas
for all.

Common Seas is on a mission to quickly and significantly reduce the amount of plastic produced and stop it polluting our rivers and seas.

We fund our work through philanthropic investment and consultancy work for governments and brands. We also reinvest any returns from our investment into circular economy solutions.

Mission

To quickly and significantly reduce the amount of plastic produced and stop it entering our ocean

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Our Approach

  1. We need government policy that propels a change in how we make, use and dispose of the plastic that ends up in our ocean

    Shifting Cultural Norms

  2. We need a cultural shift that generates support for plastic alternatives, bolsters new markets and accelerates the adoption of a plastic waste-free economy.

    Investing in the circular economy

  3. We need self-sustaining circular solutions that remove problem plastics from our economy and prevent plastic from becoming waste.

    Driving Government Policy

Our Programmes

Plastic Drawdown

A toolkit to help governments understand their country’s plastic waste flows and take effective mitigation action

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Clean Blue Alliance

Our vision is a global network of plastic waste-free islands. We are working with governments, councils, businesses and local changemakers to identify and accelerate solutions.

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Ocean Plastics Academy

A movement to help educators inspire and equip the next generation to solve the plastic challenge, while helping schools to become plastic-waste free.

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Healthy Me. Healthy Sea.

A world-first investigation into how plastic is affecting human health, with findings that will raise awareness and drive action.

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Why plastic?

Plastic kills and harms many millions of sea creatures. But it’s not just marine life: humans are more exposed to plastic than any other species, and there’s strong evidence this affects our health. A polluted ocean also harms our economy, our global food supply and our climate.

Despite this, if the petrochemical industry has its way we’ll be making twice as much plastic by 2040. If they can’t sell their oil and gas as energy, they’ll sell it as plastic.

Meanwhile, 11 of the world’s 20 most plastic-polluting countries lack a robust reduction strategy. And fulfilling every existing commitment on plastic will only reduce pollution by 8% in the next 20 years.

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We're hands on

Common Seas is an international team of scientists, researchers, policy experts, communicators and behaviour change professionals. Together, we test our ideas in the field, learn from our own and others’ mistakes and all share a deep love of the sea.

See our hands on approach in Paros, Greece

We are catalysts

Our research and work on-the-ground harnesses the collective expertise of people, governments and businesses. Through a participatory co-design approach, we build capacity, infrastructure and momentum to catalyse change at a community, national and international level.

See an example of our community-focused approach in the Maldives

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We are collaborative

Plastic pollution is too big and too complex a problem to solve alone. Our work harnesses the collective experience of community, academic, government and business experts. Together, we solve problems and make things happen - in the community, across a country and around the world.

See an example of our collaborative approach in East Java

Our Story

Our mission and approach have been shaped by two forces. First, our founders’ lifelong professional and spiritual connection to the ocean. And second, over a decade of ground-breaking work safeguarding resilient and productive seas.

Learn more about our story

Meet the team

Headquarters

Greece

Indonesia

Maldives

Specialist Consultants

Executive Committee

Advisors

Work with us

We’re a smart, dynamic, pragmatic, professional and supportive team. Our small (but quickly growing) international crew brings together a wide range of skills and expertise, an adventurous spirit and a hands-on-can-do attitude.

We’re proud to be part of an incredible network of thinkers and doers, and we’re always on the lookout for new ideas, connections and opportunities to better deliver our projects.

We love people who take the initiative and learn by doing, who punch above their weight and make things happen. We hire for the long-term and will give you as much responsibility as you can handle.

We're Hiring.

Executive Assistant to the CEO

We're looking for an enthusiastic and forward-thinking Executive Assistant, whose track record paints a picture of someone who is incredibly organised and thrives on delivering the supportive role that will unleash the full potential of our CEO. See full details here.

Senior Digital Product Owner

We are looking for a Senior Digital Product Owner with a strong track record of controlling the discovery, design and development of complex digital products. You will oversee and deliver a digital product to support businesses and Governments break free from plastic pollution. Ideally, you will have an active understanding of topics related to delivering a circular economy to end plastic waste. 6-month initial contract or full time. See full details here.

Copywriter

Are you an accomplished, creative writer with a knack for explaining complex issues in a simple and compelling way? We're recruiting a part-time writer to join our crew. Click here to see the full job description, and here for the accompanying copy task.

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