The Volvo Ocean Race is an around-the-world sailing race, now in it’s 13th iteration. The 2017/2018 race starts in Spain, the will finish in The Hague, Netherlands after crossing some of the most dangerous waters around the world. The team that we’re following with particular interest is Turn the Tide on Plastic, who are using the event to further their agenda of ocean cleanup and environmental sustainability.
From the Team Turn the Tide on Plastic website: ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic is a mixed-gender, youth focused team with a strong sustainability message, led by Britain’s Dee Caffari. The campaign, backed by the principle sustainability partner the Mirpuri Foundation, and Ocean Family Foundation, is dedicated to the issue of ocean health. The campaign is also supported by Sky Ocean Rescue who recently became a media partner to the team to help raise awareness of the issues our oceans face.
The team’s guiding mission is to amplify United Nations Environment’s ‘Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic’ campaign throughout the eight months of the race. Alongside the sustainability focus, the messages around inclusivity in age and gender will be strong themes of the campaign.’
Turn the Tide on Plastic are putting on a strong show, and you can follow their progress on social media.
Axiom Cycling Gear is a supporter of ocean-cleanup initiatives around the globe, and is fighting to rid the oceans of harmful waste by recycling used fishing nets into the Oceanweave fabric that we use to make our Seymour line of bags.