Winners of the 2019 Paddle Expo Special Jury Prize for turning marine waste into new kayaks. Proud partners with Odyssey Innovation.
An estimated two million tonnes of our plastic waste reaches the ocean every year from rivers alone*. There is a growing tide of pressure and volunteering to clean up our beaches and oceans. And in this effort to recover what we have discarded in the sea we have found a resourceful partner. Rob Thompson found it unacceptable to burn or bury the plastic he was collecting with his group of activists when it can be recycled. With this goal in mind he founded Odyssey Innovation and found a way to make old fishing nets, crates, buoys and bottles into a plastic that can be moulded again.
Not only does the plastic collected from dives and beach cleans find a new life, but thanks to Islander Kayaks we can make it into fun sit-on-top kayaks … just the thing to get you out amongst the waves to appreciate the Great British coastline … and the ideal craft to help with the cause, collecting the plastic flotsam you find along the way!
*Nature Communications vol. 8 – River plastic emissions to the world’s oceans
Thanks for a great boat in the Calypso, now got three of them!Darren Evans, Plymouth
The Bolero is ... a maneuverable little craft that still tracks well when crossing open water.Outside Magazine
The Paradise II is ... stable enough to go camping on a deserted island (with food, beer and camp gear).paddling.net
A great all rounder that is practical, fun and versatile. The Calypso would be top of my Christmas list if I thought I could wait that long.Matt at sitons.com
The Jive is ... a well-mannered handy day touring kayak ideally suited to flat water paddling but not out its depth in the chop or swells.canoe-shops.co.uk