Refilling at Redfest

As part of Refill Bristol, Bristol Water popped up their pop-up water bar at Redfest. Which was a sizzling success on a scorcher of a Saturday!

We gave out free tap water all day, much to the relief of the thirsty crowd!

Redfest is a local festival, in a park I visit often to skate. I love this park, the vibe there is always friendly and welcoming. On this particular day it was transformed, for a local event I was surprised at the size (not sure why, this is Bristol, and Bristol doesn´t do things by halves!) there was so much going on, including some fantastic music!  Some of which I got to enjoy at the end of the day…

I´ve already spoken how amazing the water bar is at REDUCING single use plastics.

Reduce – let´s remember – is the 1st of the 3 R´s.

Not recycle – that comes in at number 3.

Lets spread the word… imagine if other water companies take it on and free – in both price and packaging – water becomes the norm at a festival… It may seam like a pipe dream (excuse the pun!) but that is exactly what Refill Bristol and Bristol Water are already doing!

Not sure how to Refill while on the move? Look out for this logo around Bristol, where you are welcomed to Refill your bottle. Not in Bristol? Just pop in a cafe, shop or any where and asked! I have for years and people really don´t mind.

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If you’re a hashtag kinda person then find us at #RefillBristol and follow what we´re up to!

Wanna see more action? Here are the images from the pop up water bar at PRIDE.

 

Remember: Every refusal adds up!

Happy Refilling!!

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Plastic Free July comes to Bristol!

Back in February Rebecca founder of Plastic Free July got in touch wanting to meet up. I was honoured and jumped at the chance!  She was visiting the UK as part of a world-wide tour she´d been awarded by the Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Thankfully Rebecca is a keen cyclist, the best way to see Bristol by far!  So we spent the day together and I showed some of the best of Bristol.  Including Refilling as part of Refill Bristol.

We also did a #2minutebeachclean down on the River Avon. We exchanged stories, ate some of Bristol´s amazing food, drunk tea and had a lovely day!

Rebecca is such an inspiration having started Plastic Free July in 2011 last year 35,000 people across the globe took part. Amazing. I´m sure after her tour and all the people she has met along the way 2016 will be even better!

If you´re hearing headlines such as; there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish in just 30 years time... Learning we can´t “recycle” our way out of plastic pollution. Don´t get down!  Get involved in Plastic Free July!

 

Spring cleans

It´s Spring Clean time,  world-wide thousands of people will clean hundreds of beaches, rivers and lakes. Together they´ll remove staggering amounts of plastics from our tide lines, and if you so wish, you can join them!

You can find the information for the world-wide cleans with Surfrider and for the UK with Surfers Against Sewage. Both have great websites where you can locate the nearest one to you.

Surfrider Europe also have also made a video, with the Beach Boys soundtrack. Who doesn´t love the Beach Boys?!

Back in 2009 We were doing one of many independent beach cleans in the January, when a guy from Germany, Ingo, joined in and told me about Surfriders Ocean Initiative. I signed us up and we were on the official map. Which meant we could add our figures to the data Surfrider collects.

Three of us, Ingo, Pedro and myself, held cleans on three different local beaches on one day.

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We participated every year after. Keeping an open time window so people could come when it was convenient for them (I couldn´t predict the surf and the clean needed to be arranged in advance)  anywhere in the region of 60-90 people would come over the course of a day. We´d removed so much plastic year after year.

The year that I´d left, my friend Wiebke arranged one, and plans to do another this Spring, after a big swell.

Beach cleans are fantastic. When the weathers nice it´s a morning, afternoon on the beach. It has the “feel good factor”, time out doors moving plastics, walking away seeing how people have made a difference is a warm feeling. Having a tea, or beer with friends after is lovely (We often used it as an excuse to have bit of a party…!)  But there´s a lot more to them that…

Cleaning prevent the plastic returning where it kills. Plastic doesn´t rot, the 100,000s of animals it kills do. Then the plastic goes back on it´s merry way to kill again and again… removing it prevents this from happening. Removing it from a river bank prevents it getting to the ocean in the first place.

In the press this week is the reporting of the Post-Mortem on the 13 stranded North Sea sperm whales finds their stomachs full of plastic. This occurred near the town of Tönning in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany).

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Beach cleans educate. People learn about plastic pollution, and the more people who know plastics is in our oceans, and the devastating effect it is having, the more likely they are to make a choice when they are out shopping. Or go on to make other changes, such as Ingo, Pedro, Wiebke and myself.

I had no idea about plastic pollution until I took part in my first clean.

Ingo has since gone on to work with and teach disabled people to make incredible canvas bags. Pedro recently set up One Per Session. A public facebook group which encourage surfers to pick up one piece of plastic after a surf session and document their finds.

Though, from looking at the pictures, it´s not only surfers, and they don´t stop at one piece!

(These are just a few shots from the ever growing collection).

It´s a similar concept to Take 3 a not-for-profit organisation also started by a surfer Tim Silverwood in Australia in 2009 which now has over 15,000 followers on facebook. Small actions, adding up….


So if you fancy getting involved in a clean, here are the details again for Surfrider and Surfers Against Sewage.  Or you may want to pick up One Per Session, where you can add your pictures here. What ever you choose to do….

…Remember; every refusal, and every piece of plastic moved from our water ways – adds up!