Our story

29383516078_738d898832_z2.jpgPlanet Aware started life as Plastic Aware on the Isle of Wight. Sarah Marshall, one of Planet Aware’s directors, 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 and the focus on a single issue did not always result in changes that were necessarily better for our Planet. 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”. Following this Planet Aware successfully helped get REFILL on the IOW map, ran on line workshops about tackling takeaway waste, gave talks and ran interact stands about resource use, set up a textiles reduction project and repair cafe as well as continuing to raise awareness about marine pollution. With it’s volunteers Planet Aware has cleared IOW beaches of over 250 kg of litter !

Planet Aware is now a social enterprise (CIC) looking to work with children,young people, their families and community to raise awareness of how we influence the health of the Ocean and how of course, the Ocean influences our lives and health.  We run fun events, workshops and activities and enable children and young people to be involved in projects that have a positive influence on our resource use and therefore Oceans and our future here on Planet Earth.

Sarah Marshall

Sarah is Planet Aware’s creative force and Coast addict. 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 someway involved in environmental projects. Sarah spends a lot of her spare time beach cleaning and is now looking at ways to promote  “Marine literacy”. Knowing that our lives and health are inextricably linked.

Anne Sayer

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. Recently Anne has worked hard to facilitate the setting up of a new repair cafe in Newport. 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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