We left Parajuru October 21st, performed a well-needed beach clean-up and headed to Barra Nova — another fisherman’s village up the coast. Our time here has been very enjoyable as we’ve continued to discover ways to limit our plastic consumption. Indeed, the Zero Waste Voyage is not just an excuse to travel around the world, it’s an exploratory voyage to discover ways to limit … Continue reading Barra Nova, Brazil – Zero Waste swaps
Plastic Tides is on the Lush Charity pot lids this week! Lush has been very generous in helping us build community awareness about plastic pollution in Ithaca, Hawaii and Bermuda. We like this brand because they have eliminated single-use plastics from their products, with a line of ‘naked’ cosmetics and upcycled containers. Their Charity pots are made from post-consumer plastic, and if you bring 10 … Continue reading Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility
Areal Photo credit: John Singleton Although I’m writing my thesis due in 2.5 months I’d planned to go to Bermuda to help my Plastic Tides partners out with the race they’d been planing for the last year – a 40 mile circumnavigation of the Island ! The event’s aim was to raise awareness about plastic pollution and raise money for a kids’ program: free year-round … Continue reading The Devil’s Isle Challenge with PLASTIC TIDES
As co-founder of Plastic Tides, last January while in Hawai’i doing my Masters thesis fieldwork I took the opportunity to adventure off on an expedition in search of plastic pollution in one of the most remote waterways of the planet. My Plastic Tides partner Christian and I hiked into Waimanu Valley with an inflatable Stand Up Paddle board to sample the stream for microplastics. Our scientific partners at … Continue reading Microplastic Found in one of Hawai’i ‘s most remote streams.
A few links to Plastic Tides in the News: Cornell Sustainable campus: “A kickstarter campaign to stem plastic pollution“ and “Cayuga Lake SUP CUp presents: The Canal“ Today in Bermuda: “Plastic Tides Team Returns to Bermuda“ Cornell Daily Sun: “Erie Canal“, “A plastic-free campus“ SUP the Mag:” video“ Stand UP Journal:” PLastic Tides: protecting our waterways through Stand UP Paddle boarding“ Ithaca Journal: ‘We’re probably drinking plastic’ and “Are Dangerous … Continue reading Plastic Tides in the Press. Timeline: 1 year !
On the expedition we ate cattails, thimble berries and made sumac lemonade Continue reading Plastic Tides Youth Internship – Wild Foraging
Plastic Tides is actively involved in sampling microbeads in the water. On our first expedition in Bermuda, we used a trawl designed by the Plastic Ocean Project that is dragged behind a boat to sample the floating microbeads. As we used the trawl behind our man-powered paddle boards, we found it to be quite challenging. We now have a new design, using PVC pipes, net, rope, bolts and rods. … Continue reading Plastic Tides Science- Trawl Design
As part of Plastic Tides’ efforts to educate children, Christian Shaw (project leader) developed a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board summer program for children to experience our some of our undertakings. (You can see the internship flier here) From July 24th – 31st, Christian and I introduced four girls to exploration, environmentalism and plastic pollution science We both passed the Wilderness and Remote First Aid course and … Continue reading Plastic Tides Youth internship
This week-end, I went to Grassroots Festival as a Plastic Tides representative to document plastic consumption. This festival, that attracts hippies from across the country is known to be sustainable – I went to find out how. Firstly there are a dozen little tents with volunteers sorting compost, recycling and trash. “we’ve been here for four hours and the trash can is only a quarter … Continue reading Plastic Tides @ Grassroots festival