Friends of Glass has announced a new partnership with the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) to promote recyclable glass packaging for food, drink and toiletries.

The partnership will seek to highlight how everyday choices are an important way of protecting the health of our oceans and marine life.

The Plymouth-based National Marine Aquarium, which attracts around 300,000 visitors every year including 30,000 school students, was the first aquarium in the UK to be run as a separate charity dedicated to the education and conservation of the marine environment.

Over the last 20 years, the NMA has been instrumental in connecting people with our Oceans and promoting pro-ocean behaviour.

The NMA has launched a national education outreach programme with the first hubs in Cardiff and Newcastle, with a target of reaching one million school children and young families in a year, within the next 10years. Friends of Glass will be donating funds to the NMA’s innovative schools programme that will be educating students about the impact of packaging materials on our oceans.

Friends of Glass will also be supporting a new NMA initiative launched this summer, which celebrates iconic marine creatures and how the food and drink packaging we choose can help them now and in the future.

Victoria Adams, senior communications officer, British Glass, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the NMA on these programmes. Supporting greater understanding and knowledge about how we can protect our oceans is so important. If everyone made a small change in their habits, like choosing 100% recyclable glass packaging for food, drink and toiletries whenever they can, this would have a positive impact on marine health.”

A recent European-wide survey conducted by Friends of Glass found that 82% of Britons (78% Europeans) have recently noticed a change in their behaviour and have greater awareness of the impact on the environment from their actions since concerns were raised about the problem of marine litter worldwide.

Nicola Murray, head of discovery and learning, National Marine Aquarium, added: “The funds raised from the Friends of Glass campaign will help us to continue our vital work with students and teachers to help them understand the importance of the Oceans, not only for marine life but for the whole environment. There is no denying that we must work as individuals and communities together to create healthier Oceans for the benefit and enjoyment of all.”

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