‘Fishing trip’ will put spotlight on growing problem of plastic in oceans around the world

PUBLISHED: 08:07 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:07 08 March 2018

Therese Coffey MP, DEFRA Minister and medal-winning British Paralympic sailor Alexandra Rickham took part in the launch of the world’s first boat made from 99% recycled plastic waste by environmental charity Hubbub at Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, Isle of Dogs. The boat was made by Mark Edwards MBE and Luan Qeloposhi.
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Therese Coffey MP, DEFRA Minister and medal-winning British Paralympic sailor Alexandra Rickham took part in the launch of the world’s first boat made from 99% recycled plastic waste by environmental charity Hubbub at Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, Isle of Dogs. The boat was made by Mark Edwards MBE and Luan Qeloposhi. © Lucy Young 2017 07799118984 lucyyounguk@gmail.com www.lucyyoungphotos.co.uk

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A company director is calling on businesses to review the way they use and dispose of plastics by offering 20 people the chance to win a unique plastic fishing boat trip.

Greenpeace together with the #breakfreefromplastic coalition conduct a beach cleanup activity and brand audit on Freedom Island, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The activity aims to name the brands most responsible for the plastic pollution happening in our oceans.
A banner reads Greenpeace together with the #breakfreefromplastic coalition conduct a beach cleanup activity and brand audit on Freedom Island, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The activity aims to name the brands most responsible for the plastic pollution happening in our oceans. A banner reads "Polluted by Single-use Plastic". Freedom island is an ecotourism area which contains a mangrove forest and swamps providing a habitat for many migratory bird species from different countries such as China, Japan and Siberia.

Kevin Grant, director of Encompass Safety Solutions, wants representatives from businesses across Huntingdonshire to join him on the Poly-Mer, a boat made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, on March 23.

The boat is based at London’s Docklands and takes visitors on a trip of the surrounding waterways to fish out plastic that accumulates in the water.

“No-one can escape the coverage related to the issue of plastics, not just in the ocean, but in all types of waterways,” said Mr Grant.

“I appreciate that one fishing trip is not going to change the world, but I want to highlight the issue and hope businesses will embrace the concept and review their use and disposal of plastics.”

Greenpeace estimates that 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in the oceans each year.

Plastic waste travels on ocean currents and can clog up the stomachs of sea creatures and birds who mistake it for food.

Recent studies have shown that plastic fragments, such as nylon and polyethylene, have been found in the digestive tracts of marine creatures living in the Mariana Trench, the lowest place on earth – some six miles down at the bottom of the ocean.

Mr Grant is looking for forward-thinking local companies who want to learn more about the plastic waste issue and show their support to get more involved and make a difference.

“The plastic fishing trip will offer spectacular views of Canary Wharf, is lots of fun and will offer local businesses the chance to network, whilst also being educated on the wider issue of plastics in UK waterways,” explained Mr Grant.

“The funds raised from these trips will finance the cost of making more recycled Poly-Mer boats, as well as supporting trips for schoolchildren.”

The plastic fishing trip will last for two hours and includes 45 minutes of plastic fishing, prizes for the team that collects the most, or most interesting plastic, and a workshop with educational activities and team games. The trip will be led by a qualified sailing instructor and those taking part are expected to make their own way to London.

If you would like the chance to take part on the trip on March 23, e-mail: office@encompasssafetysolutions.co.uk and say why you want to be involved. A draw will take place on March 15 and the winners will be contacted by 5pm the following day.

For more information, go to: www.hubbub.org.uk/plastic-fishing or www.encompasssafetysolutions.co.uk.

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