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Ocean Cleanup Around the Isle of Wight

by 4Ocean Team May 22, 2018 3 Comments

Ocean Cleanup Around the Isle of Wight

All of our volunteers are great, but these volunteers are amazingly dedicated to cleaning the ocean and coastlines. In a 3-day journey, these inspiring individuals circumnavigated the Isle of Wight for a #plasticfreeisland campaign cleaning up any trash they found along the way.

The cleanup expedition started on Friday. Everyone who was was taking part in the three day cleanup began by meeting at The Little Gloster. The team was out on the water for three straight days and camped along the shoreline at night. All of the plant-based meals provided over the course of three days were designed by Chris from The Vegan Build. The participants took all of their meals with them as they traveled around the Isle of Wight. 

On Saturday, the team met up with Eds Tents at Compton Bay for a big pan vegan feast and to do a beach cleanup with 4Ocean volunteers and Surfers Against Sewage. Compton Bay is located on the southwest section of the Isle of Wight. Its north western edge is defined by Freshwater Cliff, a distinctive white chalk cliff. The cleanup was a great success and there was a great turnout from the local community to lend helping hands to remove trash from the beach and coastline. 

After a great day of cleaning and hanging out, it was time for the team to continue on their mission as they paddled and cleaned through many types of wave conditions to make their tidal check points. On Sunday, the last day of the cleanup, they paddled a colossal 30 miles non-stop through wind and choppy seas but ended the circumnavigation with a flat sea and sunny skies. 

It was truly a special experience for a group of inspiring characters coming together to support a united effort to make us think of how much plastic we consume in our daily lives and be part of the new age of conscious adventure! 

Charlie Head, who was the lead in organizing this circumnavigation, had some inspiring words for us about his experience that we can all take away from:

"We filmed the experience and the lessons we learnt about our physical and mental health, along with the fight against plastic. As soon as we started this campaign our contagious awareness of what we eat and buy has changed us all to make decisions we may not have made until we pulled together. Our use of plastic is nothing short of a drug addition and is choking our waters, animals, and ourselves. We are all realizing our impact in the world and the effects of our daily choices. A united journey like this can really empower us to make little changes that can change the world."



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Eric Bender
Eric Bender

May 31, 2018

I made a conscious effort, years ago, to eliminate plastic from my daily life. Seems crazy, eh? It wasn’t hard. I drink highly purified water from glass bottles, that we have reused hundreds of times. We use porcelain rice bowls for storage. The only plastic I use with regularity is “food film” & trash can liners. It can be done. It requires a tiny bit of conscious effort.

Lia Moon
Lia Moon

May 29, 2018

Hi 4Ocean, would be great to see pictures of the waste you collected in those three days. All news I found so far were related to surfing around the isle on a plant based package free diet. So just curious to see how much waste was collected in those three days. Best Lia

Jeannette Selbstaedt
Jeannette Selbstaedt

May 25, 2018

This is wonderful what you are doing. I work as s locus lab and X-ray tech and presently I am in a small community of Bella Bella on the west coast. I think Canada needs to go this too. How do we get it going here. I will send you some pictures of the marina here. It needs to be done here also.

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