Planet Aware started life as Plastic Aware on the Isle of Wight. It was a campaign launched by Sarah Marshall, one of Planet Aware’s directors, who had become increasingly concerned about the devastation wrought by plastic on the world’s oceans. She spent a number of years talking directly to businesses on the Island about plastic straws and single use plastic. In summer 2017 she met Anne Sayer on an Isle of Wight beach clean and they kickstarted Plastic Aware as a Facebook page. In autumn 2017 the UK’s understanding of the damage done by single use plastics moved to a whole new level with the airing of the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 series. Sarah and Anne realised that the conversations around plastic were starting to eclipse some wider environmental issues. In mid-2018 they relaunched as Planet Aware with the aim of putting environmental concerns around plastic into the context of our wider resource use. With the strapline “Do more – use less” Planet Aware is now a social enterprise helping businesses and organisations in the Solent area to reduce their consumption and impact on the environment. With a big focus on the marine environment Planet Aware’s work and projects help individuals and communities understand the impacts of consumption on the local environment and in particular on our oceans – and what they can do to reduce this.
Sarah is Planet Aware’s creative force and community events specialist. She spent 12 years working with children and young people as a speech and language therapist. It was a career that sparked her interest in behaviour change and Sarah is always looking for new ways of getting environmental messages across. A self-taught environmentalist Sarah has spent over two decades in the environmental campaign movement. Sarah spends a lot of her spare time beach cleaning and looking for interesting beach nature.
Anne leads on Planet Aware’s business development. She started off as an environment and transport policy journalist before spending ten years working in social care. During that time she studied for a degree in Environmental Studies and gained a BSc (first class honours). In 2019 she completed training with A Greener Festival and at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Hampshire. Anne loves watching wildlife and wants to spend more time out in her kayak.
At Planet Aware we are always thinking up new creative ideas and projects to help you reduce your impact on the natural world around us. If you would like to find out more about working with us have a look at the pages below or drop us an email today.
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