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Fidra is an environmental charity working to reduce plastic waste and chemical pollution in our seas, on our beaches and in the wider environment. Fidra shines a light on environmental issues, working with the public, industry and governments to deliver solutions which support sustainable societies and healthy ecosystems. We use the best available science to identify and understand environmental issues, developing pragmatic solutions through inclusive dialogue.

Fidra’s projects

We are reducing plastic pollution from pellets, packaging and pitches. Our work led retailers and manufacturers to change cotton bud sticks from plastic to paper, one of the first successful single-use plastic actions in the UK. Our Best Fishes project aims to minimise Scottish salmon farming’s environmental impacts, from feed to disease. We are combating the harmful chemical contamination of our environment from consumer products, industrial processes and waste.  We are evidence-based, pragmatic and collaborative.

Fidra is a Scottish registered charity and SCIO no.SC043895

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Our Projects

Nurdle hunt

Fidra works with policy makers, industry and the public to end industrial plastic pellet or ‘nurdle’ pollution.


Cotton buds

Despite having been recognised as a problem for at least 20 years, plastic cotton buds are a continuing pollution issue. These small plastic stems are consistently in the top ten items found on beaches in the UK and globally.

Cotton Buds

Plastic Polution

The Fidra Trustees have supported a novel programme of work at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) since 2012, which recognises the potential impact of microplastic pollution on marine biodiversity.


Best Fishes

Did you know Scottish salmon is raised on farms in the western highlands and islands? Fidra is developing an information portal to bring together pertinent facts about this increasingly popular food, where it comes from and how it’s farmed.

Best Fishes


PFASs are synthetic chemicals of major environmental concern, used in a wide range of products including ‘stain-resistant’ finishes on textiles like school uniforms, they are now found across the remotest regions of the globe.


Did you know that synthetic turf pitches can be a source of microplastic pollution? Fidra is promoting simple best practice measures to reduce loss of rubber crumb into the environment, with actions for pitch designers, owners and users.

Artificial pitches

Food Packaging Project

Much of our takeaway food and drink packaging can have devastating impacts on environment. They are difficult to recycle and many of the materials and chemicals in them don’t breakdown if they end up as litter.



Bisphenols are synthetic chemicals used in a variety of products such as plastics and receipts. There is increasing evidence that bisphenols are harming the environment and could be impacting human health by affecting our hormones.


Harmful industrial chemicals are being found in people, wildlife and the environment. This chemical contamination comes from manufacturing, waste and directly from the products…

Chemical Pollution

What do a sofa, a spatula and a seabird have in common? Learn more about the wide-ranging health and environmental impacts of chemical flame retardants.

Flame Retardants

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