Robeco & City to Sea

Robeco & City to Sea

We believe investing is no longer only about wealth. Today, it’s about creating both wealth and well-being. As such, Robeco is proud to be the Sustainability Investing partner of City to Sea, supporting their vision for the world's waterways and coastlines to be strewn with sticks, sand and seaweed … not plastic!


Since the 1950s the production of plastic has outpaced any other material, and much of it is designed to be used just once. Today, over half of our waste is plastic which never really decomposes, rather it breaks down in to microplastics and contaminates soil and water.

  • 1 million Plastic bottles are bought every minute globally
    *The Guardian 2017
  • 8 million Metric tons of plastic dumped in the ocean each year
  • 91% Of plastic is not recycled
    *National Geographic 2017
Natalie Fee, Founder of City to Sea


The problem with plastic pollution

Natalie Fee joined our Robeco Explore Sustainability Investing event in London to share her own experience of realizing that something needs to be done about plastic pollution. She took a look at the problem and what you can do to be part of the solution.

We have all heard the phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Our focus is not on recycling, rather reduction: preventing plastic solution at source.
Natalie Fee, Founder of City to Sea
We have all heard the phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Our focus is not on recycling, rather reduction: preventing plastic solution at source.
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Practical steps

The most powerful impact can be seen when big business implements real change – that’s one reason why Robeco’s team of engagement experts work with the companies in which we invest. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all take steps as individuals. One simple way you can make a difference is joining in the City to Sea Refill campaign supported by Robeco.

Learn how Robeco is committed to making a difference
  • Preventing plastic pollutions

    The average person in the UK will use 150 plastic water bottles every year. If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation. Meaning less plastic in our waterways and strewn on our beaches.

  • Making refilling accessible

    Refill aims to reduce plastic pollution at source by making it easier for people to reuse and refill their bottle with free tap water, rather than buying a new one. The app lists over 14,000 cafes, bars and restaurants who offer free tap water refills.

Fighting plastic pollution, one bottle at a time

A smartphone app used to find free water refills on the go has now been downloaded over 100,000 times.

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