LEGO
A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides. Read more here…
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LEGO

A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides. Read more here…

BBC NEWS

What is the common thread between Plastic Pollution Coalition, Method, Sea Shepherd, D-Grade Clothingand Patagonia? The answer is simple: a shared focus on plastic pollution, and a commitment to innovative approaches.
Method’s plastic bottles made from recovered ocean plastic are well known and can be found in grocery stores in the United States. In 1993, Patagonia began to sell clothing items made from recycled plastic bottles. Dubai-based D-Grade Clothing, the winner of the 2013 Think Beyond Plastic innovation competition makes fabric and produces clothing out of recovered plastic bottles. Many more businesses and organizations participate in this effort with real solutions that involve community efforts and awareness building.
Netherlands-based G-Star Jeans announced their new collection of denim, Raw For The Oceans, which now includes yarn from plastic recovered from the ocean. The collection is curated by Pharrell Williams, who shared a positive message of hope for the ocean and the need for solutions. The announcement included Captain Paul Watson from SeaShepherd, who shared his personal sense of urgency regarding plastic pollution, as well as a message from Plastic Pollution Coalition about the need for change …. The audience? Not the usual environmentally educated group – fashion editors, designers and creative directors some of whom heard for the first time the message of plastic pollution.

What is the common thread between Plastic Pollution Coalition, MethodSea ShepherdD-Grade Clothingand Patagonia? The answer is simple: a shared focus on plastic pollution, and a commitment to innovative approaches.

Method’s plastic bottles made from recovered ocean plastic are well known and can be found in grocery stores in the United States. In 1993, Patagonia began to sell clothing items made from recycled plastic bottles. Dubai-based D-Grade Clothing, the winner of the 2013 Think Beyond Plastic innovation competition makes fabric and produces clothing out of recovered plastic bottles. Many more businesses and organizations participate in this effort with real solutions that involve community efforts and awareness building.

Netherlands-based G-Star Jeans announced their new collection of denim, Raw For The Oceans, which now includes yarn from plastic recovered from the ocean. The collection is curated by Pharrell Williams, who shared a positive message of hope for the ocean and the need for solutions. The announcement included Captain Paul Watson from SeaShepherd, who shared his personal sense of urgency regarding plastic pollution, as well as a message from Plastic Pollution Coalition about the need for change …. The audience? Not the usual environmentally educated group – fashion editors, designers and creative directors some of whom heard for the first time the message of plastic pollution.

Andres Amador
You cannot see it in a studio, you cannot own it and it lasts for just hours but an artist from San Francisco is gaining worldwide acclaim for his work.

Andres Amador uses a rake to create stunning designs on beaches which are washed away with the tides.

See the BBC video here

Andres Amador

You cannot see it in a studio, you cannot own it and it lasts for just hours but an artist from San Francisco is gaining worldwide acclaim for his work.

Andres Amador uses a rake to create stunning designs on beaches which are washed away with the tides.

See the BBC video here

Sea Chair film by Studio Swine.

Tide + Time
Out for a run in Norfolk, Nathan happened across this wonderful gate.

Tide + Time

Out for a run in Norfolk, Nathan happened across this wonderful gate.

FLICKR
Amazing photos of plastic on the beach by kjcrichton
https://www.flickr.com/groups/1474656@N20/
Plastic oceans group
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kjcrichton/

FLICKR

Amazing photos of plastic on the beach by kjcrichton

https://www.flickr.com/groups/1474656@N20/

Plastic oceans group

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kjcrichton/

Penalty: 769 footballs found at sea
Beachwatch
If you love the shoreline local to you and want to help in a practical way then a year round programme called Beachwatch may be something you’d like to be involved in.
Beachwatch is the national beach cleaning programme set up by the Marine Conservation Society.  With beach cleans throughout the year plus the Beachwatch Big Weekend you can get involved in what’s happening locally or even organise an event of your own. This is one of the most influential and practical ways we can begin to reverse the increasing pollution in our marine ecosystem. To register visit their webpage here:    http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/user/register<

Beachwatch

If you love the shoreline local to you and want to help in a practical way then a year round programme called Beachwatch may be something you’d like to be involved in.

Beachwatch is the national beach cleaning programme set up by the Marine Conservation Society.  With beach cleans throughout the year plus the Beachwatch Big Weekend you can get involved in what’s happening locally or even organise an event of your own. This is one of the most influential and practical ways we can begin to reverse the increasing pollution in our marine ecosystem. To register visit their webpage here:    http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/user/register<

PPC
Support Plastic Pollution Coalition and buy our Reusable Water Bottle.
The Plastic Pollution Coalition was created with the vision of a world free of plastic pollution and the toxic impacts of plastic on humans, the environment, wildlife and marine life.
The mission of the Plastic Pollution Coalition is to measurably reduce plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on people, animal and the environment. To achieve this mission, the organization has formulated two strategic goals: (1) End the global dependence on disposable plastic, the primary source of plastic pollution. (2) Reduce the overall global plastic footprint of individuals, organizations, businesses and governments.
Plastic Pollution Coalition (US)

PPC

Support Plastic Pollution Coalition and buy our Reusable Water Bottle.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition was created with the vision of a world free of plastic pollution and the toxic impacts of plastic on humans, the environment, wildlife and marine life.

The mission of the Plastic Pollution Coalition is to measurably reduce plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on people, animal and the environment. To achieve this mission, the organization has formulated two strategic goals: (1) End the global dependence on disposable plastic, the primary source of plastic pollution. (2) Reduce the overall global plastic footprint of individuals, organizations, businesses and governments.

Plastic Pollution Coalition (US)

Germany’s first waste-free supermarket about to open its doors…

Micro plastic beads in our toothpaste and scrubs
Microbeads are minute plastic beads that are manufactured and used in a wide variety of consumer products such as toothpaste and cosmetic scrubs. Patented in the 1970s these microbeads have only been used as a disposable entity in consumer products recently.
A major concern with microbeads is that because of their small size, they have a large surface area by volume, so as a consequence of their use, huge numbers of ready-made, highly efficient toxic accumulators are being intentionally discharged into waste water systems.
Three-quarters of the brands use microbeads with a modal size of less than 100 microns. Particles of this size are ingested by planktonic organisms at the base of the food chain. Over time these micro plastics are subjected to UV-degradation and absorb hydrophobic materials such as PCBs, making them smaller and more toxic over time. These plastics therefore pose an immediate and long-term threat to the health of the oceans and the food we eat as the plastics enter the food chain.
Companies that use these micro plastics include,
Nivea (Beiersdorf), Biore (Kao), Kiehl&#8217;s (L’Oreal), Lancome (L’Oreal), Olay (Proctor &amp; Gamble), L’Oreal, Shiseido, Clinique, Boots, Estee Lauder, Superdrug, Gatsby (Mandom Corp), The Body Shop (L’Oreal), Darlie (Toothpaste), Neutrogena (Johnson &amp; Johnson) (source Plastic Free Seas).
For more information on what you can do and which companies use these micro plastics in their products visit Plastic Free Sea

Micro plastic beads in our toothpaste and scrubs

Microbeads are minute plastic beads that are manufactured and used in a wide variety of consumer products such as toothpaste and cosmetic scrubs. Patented in the 1970s these microbeads have only been used as a disposable entity in consumer products recently.

A major concern with microbeads is that because of their small size, they have a large surface area by volume, so as a consequence of their use, huge numbers of ready-made, highly efficient toxic accumulators are being intentionally discharged into waste water systems.

Three-quarters of the brands use microbeads with a modal size of less than 100 microns. Particles of this size are ingested by planktonic organisms at the base of the food chain. Over time these micro plastics are subjected to UV-degradation and absorb hydrophobic materials such as PCBs, making them smaller and more toxic over time. These plastics therefore pose an immediate and long-term threat to the health of the oceans and the food we eat as the plastics enter the food chain.

Companies that use these micro plastics include,

Nivea (Beiersdorf), Biore (Kao), Kiehl’s (L’Oreal), Lancome (L’Oreal), Olay (Proctor & Gamble), L’Oreal, Shiseido, Clinique, Boots, Estee Lauder, Superdrug, Gatsby (Mandom Corp), The Body Shop (L’Oreal), Darlie (Toothpaste), Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson) (source Plastic Free Seas).

For more information on what you can do and which companies use these micro plastics in their products visit Plastic Free Sea

Tide Time - Running the Numbers
Chris Jordan is an American artist famed for his mass consumption images. In his series called Running the Numbers he explores the impact of global consumerism. In this image he looks into plastic bottle tops. Bottle tops are a major cause of pollutants in our oceanic waters travelling thousands of miles and getting lodged in the stomachs of marine wildlife who mistake the tops for food. To highlight the extent of the problem the 400,000 bottle tops depicted in his piece ‘Caps Seurat’ represent the average number of plastic bottles used in the United States every minute.
To view this image in detail Chris Jordan&#8217;s site   
Visit our Tide Time Blog and read No. 3 of our Ten Small Things series to find out what we can do to help.

Tide Time - Running the Numbers

Chris Jordan is an American artist famed for his mass consumption images. In his series called Running the Numbers he explores the impact of global consumerism. In this image he looks into plastic bottle tops. Bottle tops are a major cause of pollutants in our oceanic waters travelling thousands of miles and getting lodged in the stomachs of marine wildlife who mistake the tops for food. To highlight the extent of the problem the 400,000 bottle tops depicted in his piece ‘Caps Seurat’ represent the average number of plastic bottles used in the United States every minute.

To view this image in detail Chris Jordan’s site   

Visit our Tide Time Blog and read No. 3 of our Ten Small Things series to find out what we can do to help.

FOOTBALLS

Our good friend and collaborator Mandy Barker goes global! An incredible tale and an incredible image. Buy a print now! :-)

Mandy’s site

Guardian Online

TIDAL PRESS TIDE TABLES
Get them here&#8230; A6 everytime :-)
DOUGLAS PRESS

TIDAL PRESS TIDE TABLES

Get them here… A6 everytime :-)

DOUGLAS PRESS

TEN SMALL THINGS
By making small changes in our lives, together we can all make a huge difference to the world around us. Here are some essentials to help limit plastic waste in our environment.
NO.5
USE YOUR LOCAL GREENGROCER OR FARMERS MARKET

Packaging in supermarkets is excessive, especially with fresh fruit and vegetables. Film-wrapped cucumbers? Avocados on a plastic-wrapped tray?

Shopping at your local farmers market or greengrocer not only cuts down on plastic packaging as they generally wrap produce in paper bags, it is also likely to cut down on packaging used to transport the food.  It is also CHEAPER. Cutting out the middle man, packaging and often transport costs means farmers markets and local greengrocers can keep costs low.  It also helps support your local community.

TEN SMALL THINGS

By making small changes in our lives, together we can all make a huge difference to the world around us. Here are some essentials to help limit plastic waste in our environment.

NO.5

USE YOUR LOCAL GREENGROCER OR FARMERS MARKET

Packaging in supermarkets is excessive, especially with fresh fruit and vegetables. Film-wrapped cucumbers? Avocados on a plastic-wrapped tray?
Shopping at your local farmers market or greengrocer not only cuts down on plastic packaging as they generally wrap produce in paper bags, it is also likely to cut down on packaging used to transport the food.  It is also CHEAPER. Cutting out the middle man, packaging and often transport costs means farmers markets and local greengrocers can keep costs low.  It also helps support your local community.
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