Clean Seas timeline

We are turning the tide! Read more about some key campaign milestones below:

23 February 2017

The Clean Seas campaign is launched at The Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia. On the same day, Indonesia announces that it is joining the campaign and pledges to reduce its plastic footprint by 70 per cent by 2025.

28 February 2017

Kenya joins Clean Seas and announces its plans to ban plastic bags within six months.

20 April 2017

Italy joins the campaign.

15 May 2017

The Dominican Republic joins the campaign.

18 May 2017

The Clean Seas campaign partners with the Volvo Ocean Race. As part of the partnership, the Race commits to substantially reduce the plastic footprint of the race.

07 June 2017

Sweden joins Clean Seas and pledges roughly one million dollars to fund UN Environment’s work on marine plastic.

9 August 2017

The Turn the Tide on Plastic team is announced. The team will be one of eight teams competing in the 2017/2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and will take the message of turning the tide on plastic around the world.

29 August 2017

Kenya’s plastic bag ban enters into force.

22 September 2017

Brazil announces that the country is joining Clean Seas on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, becoming the tenth Latin American country to do so.

18 October 2017

Spain announces that it is joining Clean Seas during the Volvo Ocean Race’s Ocean Summit in Alicante. The country, which is the world’s 14thlargest economy, is the 32nd country to join the campaign.

06 December 2017

Chile, Oman, Sri Lanka and South Africa announce that they are joining Clean Seas during the third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly.

07 December 2017

New Zealand announces its ban of microbeads in personal care and cosmetic products.

17 February 2018

The campaign releases the Break up with plastics video.

12 March 2018

New Zealand announces that the country is joining CleanSeas during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Auckland.

18 May 2018

Volvo Cars join the Clean Seas campaign and pledges to remove single-use plastics from their offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019.

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