GreenSeas Trust

Saving our oceans

one drop at a time


Saving our Oceans since 2003

The aim of GreenSeas Trust is to educate, promote and implement environmental programmes to eliminate plastics entering the seas and coastal areas. Our goal is to ensure marine life and fish stocks are sustainable for future generations.

We are all dedicated volunteers determined to spread awareness about the marine plastics problem and implement solutions that have a long lasting positive effect upon our seas.


Currently, we have raised % of our target!


Our BinForGreenSeas project is an innovative way to promote behavioural change. These thought-provoking bins will be placed around coastal areas. It is a visual trigger to remind to people dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

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Without financial assistance we will not be able to achieve our goals.
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GreenSeas Trust. Registered Charity No. 1098649



Haida Khan
In Memory of Haida Khan

GreenSeas Trust was established in memory of Haida Khan, who loved the sea with the passion of a seafarer and beheld its magic through the eyes of a poet. Haida travelled extensively, often by ships, in her capacity as an editor, journalist and teacher and later, to broaden her perceptions of Sufi philosophy through the poetry she wrote.

From her poem; The Moon and the Dervish

And as this lonely Dervish bids you adieu!
To roam through the clouds as you always do;
We will sit and wait in the Caravan of Time
For the virtuous giver of love’s flaming wine.

From her poem; The Gift of Colour

This lovely world we live upon,
Has many more colours than the rainbow shone
Where would we be if there was none?

And the world spun white round and round.

Haida Khan’s vision and comprehension of the beauty in nature that reveals itself to the observant eye will remain the guiding inspiration of this trust.


Our Trustees

Fazilette KhanFazilette Khan

Fazilette is the daughter of Haida Khan, in whose memory the charity is dedicated.

Fazilette qualified as a marine electronic engineer from the Merchant Navy College, formerly HMS Worchester. She became a Radio Officer at a time when women at sea were few and far between. Working for many prominent companies, including; Stena Line, P&O Cruises, Cunard, Spliethoff, and Swire Pacific.

Fazilette has witnessed the growing problem of marine debris on our oceans first hand. “My career at sea has allowed me the privilege to visit some of the most exotic and pristine coastal areas in remote parts of the world. It is heart breaking to come back a few years later and see those very same coves and beaches now strewn with unsightly plastics bottles and other non-biodegradable rubbish.”

Fazilette is a distinguished columnist and writer for many prominent maritime publications.

She is a Chartered Environmentalist, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an Incorporated Engineer of the Engineering Council.



Emir Feisal, JP

Emir is a Consultant specialising in transformational change. The majority of his career was spent at the Sunday Times as Associate Managing Editor of this leading Sunday Paper.

He is a Magistrate for the Central London Bench for both the adult and family Courts. He is also a Commissioner for the Judicial Appointment Commission, which selects candidates for judicial office in Courts and tribunals.

Emir sits on a number of Boards to include the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group, the Honours Committee, and the Henry Smith Charity. In the recent past he has sat on the Boards of London Metropolitan University , The Royal Parks Agency, SWL and St.Georges Mental Health Trust amongst others.



Julie Price

Julie is a qualified Veterinary Nurse with a keen interest in wildlife.

“I believe it is our duty to protect the environment for each and every species for their survival, and for future human generations to enjoy. Simply jettisoning our rubbish where we can no longer see it is not sustainable. We all need to act now.”

Julie has had a varied career, mostly working in pre-press. She takes an active role in producing print material for the charity as well as provides unparalleled support. Currently, she is living on a smallholding in West Wales where she can put the ethical production of food into practice.

Cigarette butts have 600 ingredients, 7,000 chemicals when burnt. These toxins leach into the marine environment

Our Work

#BinForGreenSeas Project

GreenSeas Trust is taking an innovative approach to act as a catalyst for more sustainable behaviour. The BinforGreenSeas project tackles the marine plastics issue at the very heart of the problem – lack of awareness.

We are placing our conspicuous and thought-provoking bins strategically on the promenades of UK’s coastal towns. The tagline, “Throw Marine Life a Lifeline,” will prick people’s conscience and help them realise, disposing of their single-use plastics in any bin with help save marine life.

We are working in partnership with councils and their waste management companies to site the bins and recycle the rubbish collected.

Once the requisite funding to cover the manufacturing costs can be collected, we will be ready to launch!

Each stage of development of our project, the councils we have on board and the key players that have got us to where we are can be seen by scrolling down.

As we are a dynamic organisation made up entirely of volunteers, we are always looking at new avenues to make a real difference in the marine plastics problem. Some of our projects and accomplishments are listed below.

Join us and be part of our journey!

GreenSeas Trust partners with the IET and Greenpeace on eco-competition

Watch the video: #IETSaveOurSeas

Blackpool Council onboard for the BinForGreenSeas


We are thrilled to be partnering with Blackpool Council. Blackpool has been the UK’s most popular seaside destination for more than a century. Loved and visited by millions, it boasts beautiful sandy beaches and fabulous attractions.



The final design of our BinForGreenSeas !

The BinForGreenSeas is designed by Emily Hodgkinson and George Davis, product design students from the University of East London.

“Having grown up in Sussex and spending my childhood visiting beaches all along the south coast, this particular project was personal for me from day one. I felt compelled to make this project a success by creating a memorable design which would open people’s eyes to the issue of plastic waste.  I want to make sure our oceans and beaches are a clean and natural environment, so that children for generations to come, can create the childhood memories I was lucky enough to have. I’m just thankful that being a product design student has put me in the position where I could actually make a difference.” Emily Hodgkinson, Product Design Student – University of East London.

“As a product design student, working alongside GreenGeas Trust in the designing of a bin has broadened my outlook on the design world and how product designers shape the world, positively and negatively. Taking part in the project has shown me what a huge impact plastic waste can have on the natural environment but it has also shown me how, if we work together, we can help stop this issue. The GreenSeas Trust beach clean at Littlehampton and the BinforGreenSeas project will help influence my future designs to be more environmentally aware.” George Davis, Product Design Student – University of East London.


GreenSeas Trust enlists the help of design universities

It is not unusual to go to a beach and find, despite a lot of rubbish bins being there, people don’t use them.

Result? Plastics are killing, strangling or smothering sea life.

Why? A lack of awareness.  People don’t realise that apart from just the aesthetics, the consequences of plastics in our oceans effects humans too – individually and collectively. (‘read more about it’)

Solution?  BinForGreenseas Project. The trust is working with design students from two of UK’s top universities to change the; ‘Can’t be bothered’ attitude to one of responsible waste disposal.

Strathclyde University – DMEM

The final year students showcased their bin design at DMEM Industrial Projects Presentation Day in Glasgow. The worthy young designers (left to right, Scott, Astrid, Cody and James) were given certificates by trustee, Fazilette (centre) to acknowledge their hard work and interesting design ideas to the BinForGreenSeas project.




The proposed GreenSeas bin presented by Team 27 on Industrial Projects Presentation Day




University of East London 

Year 1 student competition

The BinForGreenSeas project, supported by Arun District Council and its waste contractor Biffa, saw nine students create design concepts as part of their first year course work.  Competition winner, Laura Carusato was awarded a trophy by Fazilette Khan, founding trustee of the GreenSeas Trust.


Year 1 product design students, judges and senior lecturers from UEL

Judges with the winner

Left to right : Darren Wingrove, project manager at Logoplaste Innovation Lab, Biffa business development manager Karen Sherwood, Laura Monica Carusato , Fazilette Khan, Edina Seiben, GreenSeas Trust project coordinator.


Photos: Daniel Blackman/UEL



UEL students on a fact finding mission

Students from the University of East London surveyed the shoreline to determine elements that need to be incorporated into the design of  ‘behaviour-changing’ waste bins. The marine debris found was analysed and quantified. Not surprisingly, plastics objects made up the majority of the litter found.

The windy conditions at Littlehampton, did not deter the students, whose enthusiasm had many locals enquiring about the project and wanting to know how they could lend their support to the project.

GreenSeas Trust is looking forward to working with other local authorities and sponsors to provide the useful installation of these iconic bins at coastal points across the country to help millions of seaside visitors play their part in removing plastic from our oceans.



Strathclyde University; Dept of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM)

Our team from University of Strathclyde University have taken up the challenge to come up with a bin design that will ‘stick out like a sore thumb.’




Visualising a concept to prick people’s conscious is not an easy thing. The students have been resorting to a number of resourceful ways to whittle their ideas down to take it to the next stage.





Awareness through education

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At Langley Park Boys’ School in Bromley, for Greenseas Trust promoted the issues of marine garbage and its effects on the marine ecosystem. The nautically themed music played by the orchestra of students and professionals of Everyone Matters, accompanied the slide show. Fazilette Khan, later talked about how making a few conscious changes in recycling habits can benefit the planet.


Working with the support of Mairie de Cannes, France


Butt Nothing!

 Cigarette butts filters are made of cellulose acetate fibres (a plastic) which does not degrade. These fibres, each approximately 20 μm in diameter are packed tightly together. These filters contain toxins such as, carcinogenic chemicals, pesticides, and nicotine which leach into the marine environment and poison microbes, insects and fish or suffocate marine wildlife. Cigarette butts are the number one item found in coastal clean-ups. It is estimated there are over 4 trillion cigarette butts in the oceans – and counting.

GreenSeas Trust wants to eradicate thoughtless disposal of cigarette butts on beaches and in drains through a major awareness campaign. We want smokers to behave responsibly and put their butts in designated bins or pocket ashtrays.

With the support of Mairie de Cannes, GreenSeas Trust volunteers gave away free pocket ashtrays and leaflets to highlight the effects of cigarette butts in the sea. Working as a group, picking up litter and cigarette ends, caught the attention of the beach-goers. Many of whom were surprised to learn cigarette filters are made of plastics.


The Greenseas Trust volunteers explained cigarette ends left in the sand or carelessly tossed on the beach, upon reaching the sea, release toxic chemicals such as, Acetone, Ammonia, Formaldehyde and Cadmium, the active component in battery acid.
P1070934The next generation looking on, keenly wanted to participate in the activities.

Deposit Refund Scheme 

GreenSeas Trust has been lobbying for UK to adopt the deposit refund systems for plastic beverage containers.

Studies show only 57% of plastic bottles are recycled in the UK. This means that everyday 15m plastic bottles are not recycled!

Reverse vending machines (RVM’s) give back money to the consumer when plastic beverage bottles are returned. Even if some consumers are not bothered about the deposit they pay, others will profit by picking them up. It adds a value to plastic litter!

Returned plastic bottles can then be recycled to make new ones and since they are removed at source, it stop’s them from ending up as marine litter. It can create new green jobs too!
Countries which have adopted the Deposit Refund Scheme on average, have seen and improved recycling rate of > 80%.


Cruise Ships

Footprint print campagne

Awareness campaign for cruise ship crews

GreenSeas Trust embarked upon a campaign for cruise ship crews to respect the pristine environments the ships sail into. From vessel to vessel, crew numbers vary, often coming from a diverse range of backgrounds. It was imperative to overcome the, “It’s not my country,” way of thought and instil a kindred sense of community for the people and environments the ships visit.

Using a series of posters, lectures and visual aids, GreenSeas Trust was able to highlight the problems of marine debris and how it effects each and every one of us. Since most crew members often come from coastal regions themselves and have diets that include fish, the trust focused their attention to the effects of the lifecycle of plastics and other rubbish on marine animals and the toxins they release as they breakdown. This led to a successful outcome with beaches and beauty spots being left intact and untouched by thrash.


Clean, Green and Serene

GreenSeas Trust pioneered at a grassroots level the “Litter Kills Marine Life” program on the island of Tobago.

Like many of the islands in the Caribbean, Tobago’s economic survival is based on tourism. Buccoo Reef, once a place of outstanding natural beauty, rich in coral and marine life, has been bleached due by marine pollution and climate change.

To combat the problem of marine debris, GreenSeas Trust used a three pronged approach. The Bins on the Beaches project, saw GreenSeas Trust placed garbage bins along the island’s popular beaches of Swallows, Grafton, Turtle, Buccoo, Grange Bay, and Lowlands Beach.

Previously, Tobago had not benefitted from having any bins, instead, it relied on the sporadic services of cleaning gangs. Negotiating with the government, GreenSeas Trust received a pledge by the Department of Public Health to empty the bins on a regular and scheduled basis.

In a joint initiative with the Ministry of Education, GreenSeas Trust implemented Litter Awareness Program in schools and other educational institutes, highlighting the harm to marine life from chemical leeching, plastic ingestion the smothering of coral polyps.


Education in Tobago

Environmental teaching

“You can never know what the impact of environmental teaching to children of all ages might have in the long term, “said Fazilette Khan, a trustee of the organisation, “When one appreciates the island’s livelihood depends in one way or another on the environment, whether it is from fishing, agriculture or tourism, it goes a long way in shining a beam on priorities. No one these days is unaware of the fact that toxic chemicals including those from batteries, car tyres, plastics and petroleum products can leach into the soil and the water and cause severe damage to the ecosystem, but unless it is given constant focus, it tends to get left on the back burner.”

Advocating Recycling, GreenSeas Trust approached the business community highlighting the potential cost savings achievable. As a result, Tobago is currently recycling aluminium and glass with other recyclable streams being explored in the future.

GreenSeas Trust’s presence and campaigns has brought forth a commitment by the Tobago House Assembly to uphold the island’s new motto of Clean, Green and Serene.

Leave the beach as you would wish to find it - Pristine


Drink Tap Water 

What's wrong with Tap water anyway?

In the UK, and many countries for that matter, the water that come out of the tap is as good if not better than bottled water. However, if concerns or taste is an issue, why not filter the tap water. It would save you money AND save the planet.


Recycling Bins…USE THEM!

Recycling Bins...USE THEM!

According to a recent study, the average UK family uses 500 bottles per year but only recycles 280 of them. This means, approximately 15 million bottles EACH DAY are not being recycled. Some end up in the sea contributing to the Great Garbage Patches around the world. Do your bit, put them into the recycling bin.


Straws. Don’t leave them on the beach!

Straws. Don't leave them on the beach!

Over 500,000 straws were found in single day beach clean. The consequences of these plastics can be devastating for marine life.

Don’t stub out your cigarette butts in the sand!



They are made of plastics!

If that’s not bad enough, each butt leeches 200+ chemicals into the surrounding water.






All rivers lead into the ocean

Drains are meant for rain and water.  Overflows of drains go directly into rivers and waterways. Any rubbish/cigarette butts thrown down into one will eventually end up in the sea.

Be a considerate citizen, use a rubbish bin to thrown away your litter.



Don’t be part of the throwaway society

Less than one per cent of the estimated 2.5 billion paper and plastic cups used in the UK each year are recycled. Contrary to most peoples beliefs, these cups are very hard to recycle because of the plastic lining.


There are over 5.25 trillion plastic particles in the seas. Some are getting into the food chain.






IET Member news – Nov 2018





All About Shipping

Final design of the BinForGreenSeas revealed at this year’s Maritime HR Association conference


Bin for GreenSeas to launch at Maritime HR conference




Publication Cover



Behavioural change through BinForGreenSeas 



21st Century Plague: What is the maritime industry doing to help rid our oceans of toxic plastic waste?






 Mineral Waste Planning

Beach bin wins award

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UEL student’s ‘beach bin’ set for seaside trial





Green beach bin adds fun to throwing rubbish away


INNOVATIVE BEACH BIN CREATED TO TACKLE BEACH WASTEMartitime Journal. Insight for the european commercial marine business.

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New bin makes waste disposal fun

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Circom - Smart Waste Management

New Bin Design Could Help Tackle Waste On Beaches

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New beach bin could help tackle waste on beaches

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New Bin Design Could Help Tackle Waste On Beaches

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Student’s nautical idea to beat beach waste

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Students’ Innovative Bin Designs to Change our Disposable Culture

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Product Design exhibition with GreenSeas Trust

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Interviewed by Sophia Seph from BBC South Today, Fazilette Khan from GreenSeas Trust with the students from UEL explain why the new BinForGreenSeas campaign is so important.




Students hit the beach to design a behaviour-changing bin
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GreenSeas Bins to Curb Plastic Waste

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Students hit the beach to design a behaviour-changing bin

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Charity and University team up to tackle plastic pollution in the sea
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Litter pick forms part of a beach bin project
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Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne with trustee, Fazilette Khan. One of eight special readers invited to partake in the prestigious Mission to Seafarers annual Christmas event. It was held at St Michael Paternoster Royal, in the City of London.

Nautilus International

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Shipping Observer

Shipping Observer

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All About Shipping

All About Shipping

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The Big Issue

Article by Fazilette Khan about the impact of the millions of tonnes of rubbish on our wildlife.

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This is the home of the GreenSeas Trust blog, a place where we will post news and blogs to keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on in our fight to save the oceans. You will find news about current topics, tips and tricks, in-depth information and updates on our work.

Blog post: (August 2018) Top Tips to Help Reduce Plastic Usage

Blog post: (September 2018) Bags of Potential: Why Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags is Such a Promising Idea

Blog post: (October 2018) Don’t Bottle it Up: Speaking Out About the Benefits of Tap Water

Latest news: GreenSeas Trust’s #BinForGreenSeas Project is Chosen for Tesco’s Bags of Help Grant Scheme

Latest news: Blackpool Council Joins the GreenSeas Mission

Blog post: (November 2018) Calling all Engineers: Come and Make a Difference to Our Oceans 

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