Message in a Bottle – Source to Sea

Carlos and Carolyn paddled length of the Thames on their Plastic Bottle SUPs

collecting 100s of 'Messages in a Bottle' to deliver to parliament

On World Ocean’s Day, 8th June 2018 Carlos and Carolyn set out on their journey down the Thames River from the navigable source at Lechlade, beyond the Thames Barrier to the sea at Erith. They paddled just under 300km on their SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards) made out of plastic bottles to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways, hoping to inspire behaviour change.  They visited 15 schools, spoke to 1500 children, met several MPs in constituencies on route and collected 100s of messages which they delivered to Thérèse Coffey, Minister for the Environment in parliament on 26 June.

We collected 100s of ‘Messages in a Bottle’

Thank you to all the schools, teachers, children and individuals who gave us their messages.  We had a successful meeting with Thérèse Coffey, Minister for the Environment in parliament on 26 June.  Huge thanks to Rebecca Pow (MP) for hosting this meeting.  The Bottle Bunting was creative, innovative and inspiring and we were delighted to be able to share the children’s messages.  Let’s hope this opens up an opportunity to speed up action against plastic.

Download the Bottle Bunting templates here

Template A

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Source to Sea Interactive Map

Our Interactive map, created by Wanda Bodnar shows the date for each leg, distance and the supporting clubs.  Click on the date to find out more information about what we did.

Thank you to all the SUP, kayak and canoe clubs who joined our journey and to the individuals who made our journey all the more memorable. Thank you also to all the organisations who arranged a clean up during our expedition. 

Tue 5 June        LAUNCH EXHIBITION & TALK at Brazilian Embassy (6.30-9.30pm) on WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Wed 6 June       Meet MPs in House of Commons

Wed 6 June       Run and Clean Up in London organised by Good Gym

Fri 8 June         Trout Inn, Lechlade to Rushey Lock campsite – (15.4km) – ATB Shop SUP club / SUP Gloucester

Sat 9 June         Rushy Lock to Ferryman’s Inn, Bablock Hythe (17km) – ATB Shop SUP club

Sat 9 June         March for the Ocean – Portland Place to Parliament Square 1pm – 3pm- sign up here

Sun 10 June      Bablock Hythe to St Edward’s Boathouse (11.8km)

Mon 11 June      St Edward’s Boathouse to Abingdon Lock (18km)

Tue 12 June        Abingdon Lock to Day’s Lock (13.5km)

Wed 13 June       Day’s Lock to Goring Lock (17.8km)

Thu 14 June        Goring Lock to Caversham Lock (17.3km)

Fri 15 June          Caversham Lock to Henley-on-Thames (15km) – hire a board from SUP hire

Sat 16 June         Henley-on-Thames to Hurley Lock, Hurley (9.2km)

Sun 17 June        Hurley Lock to Bray Lock (17km) – Bewl Canoe Club / Bray Lake Watersports

Sun 17 June       Paddle and Pick with Bray Lake Watersports around Bray Lake (3.30 pm)

Mon 18 June       Bray Lock to Windsor (13.5km) – hire a board from Canoe & Kayak Tours

Tue 19 June        Windsor to Staines to Shepperton Lock (20km) – hire a board from Canoe & Kayak Tours

Wed 20 June       Shepperton Lock to Teddington Lock (18km) – Barnes Tidy Towpath clean up

Thu 21 June        Teddington Lock to Richmond – RICHMOND BID EVENT – try our board and join in the races

Thu 21 June        Richmond to Kew Bridge (9.2km) – Midsummer Night sunset paddle – ACTIVE 360

Fri 22 June          Kew Bridge to Cremorne Riverside (12.75km)

Sat 23 June         Walk for Wasteaid  25km walk from Putney to Southwark – or 10km (start after lunch)

Mon 25 June       Litter pick with Moo Canoes 17.30 onwards at Poplar Union

Tue 26 June        DELIVER MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE TO PARLIAMENT

Wed 27 June       Chelsea to Thames Barrier – (closed group) (23km)

Wed 27 June       Floating Litter Pick, Poplar Union 10:00 – 15:30 with Moo Canoes, Canal & Rivers Trust, London Canal Volunteers

Wed 27 June       Floating Litter Pick, Old Ford Lock on the River Lea 5.30 onwards with Moo Canoes and the Lower Regents Coalition  

Thu 28 June        Thames Barrier to Gravesend (Gravesham Arts) – (closed group) (26.75km)

Fri 29 June          CLOSING CEREMONY hosted by St. Katharine’s Docks 6pm -8pm

 

Together We Can Do More

Event Collaborations

Huge thanks to the Brazilian Embassy and St. Katharine’s Docks for hosting our opening and closing ceremonies and to all the organisations that arranged clean ups.

Product Collaborations

We loved our new gear!  Thank you so much to everyone who donated items to help us on our mission.

First in the World to Paddle a Marathon on a Plastic Bottle SUP

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