Education and Events
Inspired by the escalating problems of plastic pollution in the ocean and recognising the need to take action, we decided to make our own paddle board out of plastic bottles. Building our first board was a challenge but it created such an impact when we took it to the beach that it inspired us to complete our marathon expedition – 12 marathons in 12 countries in Europe on our Plastic Bottle SUP. To see the full story in pictures click here..
On 18th September 2016 we ran a day of ocean-inspired art making, sponsored by the #OneLess campaign and From the Bow Seat. The day introduced families to From The Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Student Contest which challenges students to research, interpret, and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans. This interdisciplinary contest weaves together environmental awareness, creativity, and advocacy.
Driven by the unthinkable prospect that in the next decade, our ocean could hold one kilogram of plastic for every three kilograms of fish, the #OneLess campaign, an initiative of the Marine CoLABoration, celebrates London as a coastal city inextricably linked to the ocean by the Thames and is encouraging Londoners, businesses and attractions to become single-use plastic water bottle free by 2021.
The day began with a clean up on the Thames at the Tower of London in partnership with Thames 21. Participants then crossed Tower Bridge to the south bank and come on board the Tower Bridge Moorings Arts Ark. There they viewed an exhibition of artwork by previous Bow Seat Contest winners to get inspiration for their own art projects. Art and media has the power to educate, inspire, and engage younger generations. We want young people to feel empowered through creation and imagination, and to become active stewards of the natural environment.
Now in its third year the Source to Sea River Relay is bigger and more diverse than ever. The Bottle’s journey began at the source of the river in a field near Kemble in Gloucestershire where it was filled with fresh Thames water. The Bottle was then helped on its journey downstream towards London by rowers, walkers, swimmers, paddleboarders, kayakers, sailors, punters and many more. We took part in two legs: from Windsor to Staines, and then from Staines to Shepperton.
We donated Whalebags and Whaletreads to the first SpeedBreak event in London in September 2016. Speedbreak is a series of official events inspired by sports, health and fitness and the diverse lifestyles and cultures of city professionals in London, based at Devonshire Square, inside the financial district next to Liverpool Street Station. They promoted ‘cycling safety’ to commuters working in and around the City of London. Entertainment on the day included exclusive competitions, informative talks and stationary cycle racing.
From 8th -13th April 2016 we supported London’s first Paddle and Pick, a week of paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing and litter clearing on London’s Waterways. It was an incredible collaboration between Active 360, Watertrek, Thames 21, Thames Estuary Partnership, Tideway, Port of London Authority and more. The amount of plastic collected was incredible/horrifying and it was a great opportunity to get active and try a new sport.
In September 2015 we donated 500 Minke Whalebags to the Brighton Fashion Week, the UK’s only sustainable fashion show. Brighton Fashion Week aims to encourage as many high-quality, innovative, sustainable fashion brands to showcase at the event as possible and they work with new designers, at the start of their careers, to help them adopt ethical practice in their work. Brighton Fashion Week tells the story of the waste people create from their fast fashion shopping fix, in contrast to sustainable fashion practices and the need for fair wages.