Winners of the 2019 Paddle Expo Special Jury Prize for turning marine waste into new kayaks.
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 developed a way to make old fishing nets, crates, buoys and bottles into a plastic that can be moulded again – and founded Odyssey Innovation.odysseyinnovation.com
Not only does this 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