PlasticFree.com platform has officially launched this month

PlasticFree.com

After two years of design, content creation and build, A Plastic Planet are delighted to announce that the PlasticFree.com platform has officially launched this month! The world’s first innovation platform for materials and systems solutions, PlasticFree will become the trusted, global, authoritative resource to help the creative industry design out plastic waste at source and accelerate towards a better future. Watch more here.

On the 2nd of February 14:00 – 16:00 EST join Sain Sutherland and other guest speakers at the Tishman Auditorium in New York for an inspiring talk – Our Incredible Future NOW. Why are we still talking about the problem when we have so many answers. Click here for tickets.

Climage change, ecology & impact

Icebergs - Climate Change

Pictet Wealth Management are pleased to invite you to the upcoming dinner and panel discussion: ‘Climate Change, Ecology & Impact’ – with Sir David King, Former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government & Chairman of the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge, Sian Sutherland, Co-founder of A Plastic Planet and Ari Helgason, founding partner at Transition, a climate technology venture firm.

The evening’s discussion will be moderated by Christoph Courth, Head of Philanthropy at Pictet.

Date: 8th February – 18:30
Location: The Conduit, 6 Langley St. WC2H 9JA
RSVP: Amy Mackey amackey@pictet.com

Worldrise’s co-founders have been featured on Planted Journal

Mariasole Bianco and Virginia Tardella

Worldrise’s co-founders, Mariasole Bianco and Virginia Tardella, have been featured on Planted Journal, an online magazine that bridges the gap between man and nature through art and romance. The interview, accompanied by a photo shoot by Giovanni Santarelli, is the occasion to dive deep into the history of Worldrise, from its foundation to the last initiatives, with a focus on “artivism”, the idea of using art to spread awareness about the ocean and its problems. Click here to read the full interview.

The first hydrophone in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park

the first hydrophone  in Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago National Park

On 31 December, the first hydrophone (underwater microphone) in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park was deployed by OWB’s Leo Gungulo. Sound is critical to marine research. A healthy coral reef, teeming in marine life, will have a ‘busy’ sound picture. The presence of key species, like migratory humpback whales, who use sound to navigate, communicate and capture prey, can be identified. And the sound signature of specific species like the critically endangered dugong can be established. This developing, collaborative project on Benguerra Island holds the promise of invaluable research data to guide conservation and protection measures. Click here to read more.

Looking to learn about Mediterranean marine life but lack time?

Save the Med

Looking to learn about Mediterranean marine life but lack time? Check out and subscribe to the Save The Med YouTube channel. Here you can access numerous short, high-quality videos with epic underwater and terrestrial footage and key information about the conservation status of an array of different marine species. For example, click here to view a Greater Amberjack patrolling the marine reserve of El Toro. An inspiring way to learn about Mediterranean marine biodiversity.

Trash Hero are passionate about beach cleanups

Trash Hero are passionate about beach cleanups

Trash Hero are passionate about beach cleanups, which are so much more than removing plastic pollution from the environment. Here are a few reasons why cleanups are crucial in creating a plastic-free world:
🤝Involvement – A group of people come together to take action in working towards a common goal.
🗣️ Conversation – By asking questions on the origins of plastic waste, volunteers start to think about the most effective ways to reduce plastic pollution.
💛 Community – Businesses, schools, local leaders and volunteers are united in reducing plastic and protecting their communities.

Lydia runs Manta Watch NZ

Lydia runs Manta Watch NZ

A new project being supported by YFS. Lydia runs Manta Watch NZ is an experienced marine ecologist and has worked with Manta rays since 2013. Watch more here. The biggest challenge for Manta Watch is consistent and quality time out in the field. The smaller vessels they use are heavily governed by weather, drastically reducing their time to data collect and tag. Larger vessels that can remain ‘on-station’ with better facilities onboard. This is where yachts for science is helping find Lydia and her team larger boats.

The bulk of the research is carried out between December and March, this is when the oceanic manta rays are most prolific in the Haruaki gulf and Northern NE cost of NZ North Island, from North Cape to East Cape. Would a project like this be of interest? Please contact Rosie@yachtsforscience.com for more information.

UKSA Superyacht Cadetship selection

UKSA Superyacht Cadetship selection

UKSA Superyacht Cadetship selection days see candidates battle it out to build a platform to support three people. Skills honed? Communication, team work and crucially leadership skills. The UKSA Superyacht Cadetship is a structured four-year programme designed to train the future officers of the superyacht industry. Designed in consultation with the MCA, the Superyacht Cadetship combines the most relevant training and mentoring in the industry. It equips graduates with a strong foundation of knowledge alongside offering a realistic understanding of what it takes to succeed in a career in the Superyacht industry. Want to find out more? Click here.

Recycling end-of-life sails

RECYCLING END-OF-LIFE SAILS

We are sponsoring Marcelle Hecker, a fourth year PhD student from the EPSRC-funded CoSEM Centre of Doctoral Training in the Bristol Composites Institute at the University of Bristol, to carry out her PhD research project in collaboration with North Sails. In this project reclaiming the valuable CF content via a variety of reclamation processes, and remanufacturing the reclaimed, short carbon fibres into aligned, discontinuous fibre reinforced (ADFR) prepreg-like tape. Over the past two months, this ADFR tape, made from reclaimed fibres from an end-of-life sail, was used to manufacture two technology demonstrators – pictured here is a batten. An example of how this ADFR tape could be incorporated into current manufacturing processes used in the sailing industry to produce semi-structural components for yachts.

A festive banquet of coral from the Oceans Without Borders Mnemba Island coral nursery

Oceans Without Borders

A festive banquet of coral from the Oceans Without Borders Mnemba Island coral nursery. As 2022 rounds up, the team are celebrating a year of conservation and community achievements which would simply not have been possible without your support! And with their Community & Conservation rangers in full action across three island sites, it’s appropriate that the closing thought comes from Leo Gungulo, OWB Field Manager Support Ranger, Mozambique: “Conservation is not about 1,2 or 3 of us – it’s about all of us. The more we can teach people about it, the better. Community involvement is key.”