Natural History Museum bans sale of plastic water bottles to help fight ocean pollution

London’s Natural History Museum has taken more positive steps to counter plastic pollution in the ocean by announcing a ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles at its two UK sites.

The museum's main building in South Kensington, London, and premises in Tring, Hertfordshire look set to do away with bottles and offer visitors alternatives such as water fountains and reusable bottles, as well as looking at ways to encourage visitors to bring their own bottles. It has already stopped offering plastic straws.

The museum, which unveiled its stunning 25.2-metre-long blue whale skeleton exhibit earlier in the year, also recently released research on the extent of unseen plastic pollution in the Thames. 

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Blue Whale at natural History Museum
Blue whale skeleton at Natural History Museum