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Plastic Oceans UK joins forces with Fraser Yachts to work towards a mutual goal of plastic free oceans

Monaco Yacht Show. 27th September.

Producer of award winning film, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, Jo Ruxton, is joining the organisations industry partners at The Monaco Yacht Show on 27th September.

We have to act now clear up and repair some of appalling damage we have done to the oceans’ says Sir David Attenborough

Why partner with Fraser Yachts?  As a leading brand in the global maritime industry, Fraser Yachts are the perfect shipmates to join us on our journey. We’re so impressed with their environmental policy and steps they have in place –  already making a difference. The partnership began in early 2017 and is going from strength to strength.

This way, we can share our science and mentoring programmes with the yachting community, clearly demonstrating their love and respect for the ocean by tackling the issue of plastic pollution.

And, what better place to really make an impact than Monaco – a recognised territory in environmental awareness. Our goal is to reinforce the messages and awareness that will lead to generate positive solutions for the next generation. For us, it’s all about the legacy.

A bit about the film.

Our film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ has been screened in over 400 locations across the planet, from here in Monaco to the Australian Parliament. Netflix distribute to even bigger audiences of millions. Our social media and press outreach engages with new audience every second of the day.

So – what’s our legacy?

Plastic Oceans Foundation UK charity has developed new tools which can offer real solutions. Jo and her team spent four years in 22 locations around the globe filming the sequences that present a global overview of the crisis. With this unique up close and personal experience of the problems facing our oceans, the Foundation created science and education tools for individuals and businesses alike.

“Without the ocean, life on Earth would not exist – including us.” Dr Sylvia Earle

 

  1. The Science behind the film. The evidence hub is our most important asset yet. For two years, we’ve worked closely with Brunel University London* to curate scientific discoveries in one place.  For example, it has been proved that chemical ingredients used in 50% of plastics are described as ‘hazardous chemicals’. This means they can potentially cause harm to humans, animal and the environment.

As Dr Sylvia puts it, ‘this is ‘our watch’ on the planet. Everything we do now will influence generations to come’

  1. The Education programme. Plastic Oceans UK is developing a global education programme – starting with curriculum-focused lesson plans that will fit into existing education systems, so students as young as age five get a head start. Topics are inserted into their lessons as they progress through early school years. Workshops cover the impact of plastic pollution from bags to microfibres, introducing innovative solutions.

“Plastic is indestructible. It was never designed for single use. And yet, we have become a plastic generation. Yet, everyone can make changes in their behaviour to turn the tide on this crisis in our oceans and the life they support.” Jo Ruxton

What can you do?

We recognise the fact that the media are a critical partner in spreading our messages to reach audience on every shore. We hope you will all become part of the solution.

For more information contact or set up an interview, contact

June Field –  PR Consultant Plastic Oceans UK

Email: jfield@threesixtydegrees.net

Telephone:  +44 775 108 2168

Richard Peel –  PR Consultant RPPR

Email: rppr@hotmail.co.uk

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  • Professor Susan Jobling (featured in the film) and Dr Christopher Green are co authors of the document, Science behind the Film, to translate the science into actions for consumers, manufacturers, retailers and policy. We are working influence public attitudes and behaviour, and to influence collective actions that lead to policy change.
  • *Brunel University London is the European leader in eco toxicology and human toxicology
  • **Plastic Oceans UK Foundation has created an education and mentoring programme which can be adapted into any organisation. A ‘plastic curriculum’ tackles the issues of protecting the oceans,

Plastic Oceans Foundation website: plasticoceans.uk