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Our ‘eco-hub’

With support from WightAid we are able to run our first festival eco-hub at the first ever Great Wonderfest from 1 to 4 August, providing information to festival goers on reducing their environmental impacts. It was a chance for us to highlight our work on the Refill scheme, test out our reusable cup scheme and tell people about the dangers of discarded cigarette butts on the environment – and offer them an alternative! And that was just for starters!

If you would like to find out how we can help your event become more sustainable please do get in touch.

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Our ten-hour beach clean for WasteAid

Planet Aware and local volunteers completed a 10-hour beach clean that saw a fifth of a tonne of waste removed from the Island’s beaches on Thursday 27th June.

The event was the idea of Planet Aware’s Sarah Marshall who wanted to undertake a beach cleaning challenge along a large section of the Island’s south coast.

Because some of the beaches on this part of the Island have very few access points it can be difficult to remove any rubbish that collects there. The clean-up therefore had to be organised around the tides and the rubbish collected had to be carried a considerable distance before it could be taken up from the beach and left near the road for collection.

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Beach cleaning and beyond

In Gunjur, a coastal town in the Gambia, and one of the most westerly points of Africa, a woman is fashioning a tile out of sand and plastic waste otherwise destined for the ocean. She is working alongside a number of local people in a specially constructed workshop where the plastic can be melted and re-manufactured in a safe way. This initiative is a pilot project that has been facilitated by the charity WasteAid, in partnership with local organisation the Women’s Initiative the Gambia and funded by UK Aid. Its success is paving the way for other projects to follow.

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Time for a 2 minute beach clean!

We are delighted to be working with Goodleaf Tree Climbing in Ryde who are raising money through their Vertical Marathon to add some 2 minute beach clean boards to Ryde Beach.

A 2 minute beach clean board makes it easier for everyone to help keep their coasts free of marine litter. The board has all the information, litter pickers and bags that you need to do your own mini clean-up when you’re one the beach.

A tree climbing experience with Goodleaf in Ryde’s Appley Park is a great way of getting outdoors and getting active in a beautiful park location with panoramic views over the Solent and beyond.

Find out more about Goodleaf Tree Climbing and their celebrated Vertical Marathon at www.goodleaf.co.uk!

Sing for water… or just pop in and Refill

We had a lovely afternoon talking about #Refill Isle of Wight at a beautifully dressed water fountain in Ventnor on Saturday 30 March. And we had a great song written by Glenn Koppany to promote Refill Isle of Wight!

#Refill is a simple idea – that everyone with a reusable water bottle should be able to easily fill up their water bottle while on the go. Our goal is for the #IOW to have well over 200 #Refill points by the end of the year whether they are cafes, restaurants, estate agents or at water fountains like this one – so that you are never far from a place where you can #Refill and won’t need to buy a plastic bottle of water.

Do check out our video of the day set to Glenn’s song at: https://youtu.be/IiPwUSxYqYw

You can find out more about Refill Isle of Wight on our project pages or by getting in touch.