Keeping our planet clean and unpolluted for humans and animals is a cause that I strongly support. In this vein, I recently met Carlos and Carolyn are a Brazilian/British couple who love sports, travel and saving the environment. This summer they will be doing something about this pollution and taking on a huge challenge to raise awareness of Plastic Pollution in the oceans. This is a global threat that has reached alarming proportions – by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (World Economic Forum) – the equivalent of one rubbish-truck load every minute!

Commencing on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2017, Carlos and Carolyn will paddle 12 marathons across Europe on Stand Up Paddle boards (SUP) made of PLASTIC BOTTLES; and in every location they will teach the local community how to build plastic bottle boards to raise awareness of the problems of plastic pollution in the ocean and to make SUP affordable for all.

Who Are These Adventurers?

Carlos De Sousa, a P.E teacher who specialises in working with children with special educational needs (SEN) feels passionately about the importance of inclusion- he feels that SUP should be a sport for everyone, no matter what their background. Carlos grew up playing on the streets of one of São Paulo’s rougher suburbs where he had to learn to be resourceful; he developed a skill for craft – using recycled materials to build go-carts, kites, masks, drums… and now a paddle board!

Carolyn Newton is a primary school teacher who set up The Whale Company in 2007 after learning that whales and other marine life were dying from plastic pollution in the ocean.  For ten years, it has been her mission to raise awareness of the global threat of plastic pollution.  The Whale Company makes Whalebags – beautiful organic cotton bags in a range of styles (holding 20kg, they make the perfect alternatives to plastic bags and great beach bags) and Whaletreads – stylish flip-flops made out of recycled tyres. Use code: ‘supmarathon’ to get 10% off all Whale Company products.

Why SUP?

Stand up paddle boarding is fast becoming one of the most popular water sports. It is a great way to connect to nature whilst keeping fit and healthy in a fun way. You can paddle almost anywhere and anyone can have a go! Sadly, though, when you paddle, it won’t be too long before you see plastic and other pollution floating in the water.  The impact has a lasting effect and will make you want to do something about it. 

Inspired by this, Carlos and Carolyn built their first paddle board out of plastic bottles in March 2017 in Brazil.  When they took the board to the beach for its first trip on the water, it received a lot of attention and sparked interesting conversations about plastic pollution in the ocean. It was a very rewarding experience and the inspiration for the sup marathon expedition. 

How can you get involved?

Carlos and Carolyn need your support. You can donate to help them Stand Up against Ocean Plastic. You can also watch them make and try out their first plastic bottle paddle board.

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