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Vestas 11th Hour Racing Joins “Take 3 for the Sea” Campaign

Grant is given to Take 3 by 11th Hour Racing to further their education work

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (5 January 2018) – From the high seas of the Volvo Ocean Race, Vestas 11th Hour Racing announced their commitment to join the #Take3fortheSea movement to fight plastic pollution through simple actions. The concept is easy, anywhere you go, be it the beach, the marina or a walk in the woods, pick up at least 3 pieces of litter.

As part of this engagement, 11th Hour Racing, co-title partner of Vestas 11th Hour Racing, will give Take 3 a $10,000 grant – this is the fourth of twelve grants that 11th Hour Racing will award throughout the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean as part of the teams legacy project.

To help grow this global initiative and be active players in mitigating the issue of ocean pollution, the sailors of Vestas 11th Hour Racing have created a video to encourage their fans to join them! Please help spread this movement by sharing this video – and picking up 3 pieces of litter on your next walk! Show your work and help spread the message by snapping a picture of the trash and sharing with the hashtags #Take3fortheSea and #Vestas11thhourracing.

Tim Silverwood, co-founder, and CEO of Take 3 joined the team in Melbourne to discuss the movement’s impact and plans for the future. Take 3’s aim is to use education to inspire participation to reduce global plastic pollution. The organization’s education programs have reached over 120,000 school students and over 150,000 community members since 2011. Through technology and online communications, the group aims to expand globally and develop citizen science programs to enable community members to provide valuable information on plastic pollution distribution and sources. Additionally, Tim made a splash as the leg jumper for the start of Leg 4.

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New Partnership to Study how Boardsports Address Sustainability

Climate Action

Photo Credit: Climate Action

Photo Credit: Climate Action

The international retailer, Surfdome, has partnered with the Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group (PSSRG) to provide a ‘reality check’ on how boardsports brands have incorporated sustainability into their core values.

As consumer attitudes are changing towards products and brands offering sustainability credentials, due to increased awareness and readily available information, boardsports brands are facing increasing pressure to account for their environmental impact.

The newly announced research will aim to map the current industry attitude towards sustainability, its level of understanding of current environmental challenges associated with boardsports and their current or future plans to address those issues.

The PSSRG is considered a global hub for expertise around the correlation between surfing and sustainability and the new research aims for a ‘reality-check’ to highlight the industry’s strengths and point out areas where it underperforms to encourage progress.

Gregory Borne Director of PSSRG explained: “This is an exciting opportunity to explore the sustainability positions of a large number of brands within the surf, skate and snow sector”.

“The research will provide a benchmark for exploring sustainability within this sector and directly inform policies and programs that will shape the future of the market, and understand what is required for a transition towards sustainability”.

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Volvo Ocean Race Scientific Data Reveals Millions of Tiny Plastic Particles in European Waters

The findings, revealed by scientists at the Cape Town Ocean Summit, have been discovered using data collected by Volvo Ocean Race yachts

by Jonno Turner
Volvo Ocean Race

Cape Town stopover. Dee Caffari during the Ocean Summit. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 07 December, 2017.

Cape Town stopover. Dee Caffari during the Ocean Summit. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 07 December, 2017.

Millions of tiny particles of plastic have been detected in European waters in ground breaking scientific research conducted as part of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The scientific research, using data collected by Race team ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’, identified over three million micro plastic particles per square kilometre of ocean.

The sub-surface data on micro plastic pollution levels was collected using a state-of-the-art instrument on board their Volvo Ocean 65 racing yacht.

The initial results, gathered during the Prologue stage and Leg 1 of the Race, between Lisbon and Alicante, were presented by Dr Toste Tanhua during the first morning of the two-day Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit, held in the event’s Cape Town stopover on Thursday. The samples collected during Leg 2 are currently being analysed and results will be revealed in due course.

“Our initial findings suggest that the levels of micro plastic in the ocean are significantly higher than we first expected,” said Tanhua, who works at GEOMAR, an ocean research institute in Kiel, Germany.

“This is alarming as the micro plastic not only harms a wide range of marine life, but, through entering the food chain, in species such as tuna and mackerel, can cause harm to humans, too.”

Micro plastic is small particles of plastic often invisible to the naked eye – and can take thousands of years to degrade.

Tanhua continued: “Existing scientific data only accounts for around 1% of all plastic in the ocean – but thanks to the support of Volvo Ocean Race and Volvo Cars, and the efforts of the Turn the Tide on Plasti c team in conducting this research, we’re building a knowledge base which is essential to ocean science around the globe.”

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