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Starboard Trash Picker

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We have some awesome giveaways from Starboard!

Every participant on this Saturday's SUP 'Paddle & Pick' will receive a Trash Picker made from recycled plastic. You can attach it to your paddle and easily remove litter items like floating plastic bags or packaging.

We can also snap your picture which you can post on social media using #StartboardWorldCleanup to win an Inflatable SUP and a 2-piece paddle. 

For more information visit our Event page. 

See you on the water! 

Tidefest - Plastic Ocean Festival

Our seventh Plastic Ocean Festival event was a great success this Sunday. Volunteers helped to remove 647 pieces of litter from the River Thames. Our survey result showed that food wrappers came on top once again as the most abundant litter item in the Thames.

THE TOP 10 ITEMS OF LITTER COLLECTED YESTERDAY (CLICK TO ENLARGE):

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We have also had a visit from the local MP Ruth Cadbury. 

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The screening of β€˜A Plastic Ocean was also very successful with the chairman of the Oxfordshire Federation Of Womens Institute also attending. They have found the documentary to be a real eye opener.

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Following the screening we have had a long and engaging Q&A session with the attendees where we discussed the issue of plastic pollution not just worldwide but in London, and were able to highlight what each individual can do to help the environment.

Our next event will be held on the 23rd September during this year's Foreshore Festival. Follow the link to find out more. 

Plastic Ocean Festival September events

Although the summer might be over, you can still come and enjoy London's waterways during our four upcoming events this month.

Come along this Friday for the screening of the award-winning 'A Plastic Ocean' documentary at SEA LIFE London starting at 7pm. 

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Also this week, on Sunday the Tidefest, London's biggest and best foreshore festival, will take place at Brentford Boating Arch. Tickets are still available for both the Paddle & Pick session and 'A Plastic Ocean' film screening. Tickets for a guided SUP Eco Tour are also available via Active360 (from 1pm-3pm Β£20pp).

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The Foreshore Festival will be held on Saturday 23rd September at Putney Embankment. 'Paddle & Pick' and SUP taster sessions will be running from 8:30am. Tickets will be available soon via Active360.

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And our last event for this year will be  part of the Barnes Film Festival on Saturday 30th September.  You can book your ticket for both the 'Paddle & Pick' sessions and the film screenings through our Event page

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We look forward to see you on one of our events this month! 

Merchant Square - Plastic Ocean Festival

Our latest event was a huge success with documentary screenings and SUP 'Paddle & Pick' sessions. During the four clean-up sessions volunteers helped to remove 1038 pieces of litter from the canal!

Thank you everyone for attending, especially some of our partners! Check out our Gallery for more pictures.

The top 10 items of litter collected yesterday (click to enlarge):

Our litter survey results continue to show that plastic food wrappers are the dominant find in the Grand Union Canal. 

Billboard SUP launch

The team were delighted to take part in the awesome Bill Bailey's Billboard SUP launch this week. 

Billboard SUP - Born on the River Thames.

"We all started paddle boarding, on the Thames in London and absolutely loved it! The boards we were using were either unstable or really slow. We wanted a board that could hold all the gear for the great adventures we had in mind, and yet be stable and fast, but could not find the right board. One day we spoke about making our own board. And so the idea of Billboard SUP was born."

- Bill Bailey, The Calm Paddler

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Second event & litter survey results

We had over 50 brilliant people take part in three SUP Paddle & Pick sessions at our second event. The evening ended with a screening of the award-winning surf adventure documentary about following the dream, Nordfor Sola / North of the Sun.

We counted and categorised the litter collected at this event: altogether, 760 pieces of litter were removed from the canal over the three Paddle & Picks from Paddington Basin to Little Venice.

The top 10 items of litter collected today (click to enlarge):