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Paddle & Pick 2016

We’re excited to announce our partnership with Active 360 to help with their quest to clean up London’s water.

The waterways of London are great places for activity, relaxation and getting in touch with nature. However, in many places they are blighted by litter and in particular plastic waste. This is part of a worldwide problem as much of this litter ends up in open ocean, is ingested by fish and marine mammals and enters the food chain.

Active 360, a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) company, have organised a clean up across London’s waterways over a 8th-11th April.

Paddle & Pick aims to clean up several parts of different waterways but also to raise awareness of what ends up our the canals and rivers and encourage people to review their purchases of single use plastics as well as letting participants have a free SUP lesson.

A team from Water-to-Go will be at the event helping to pick up some plastic that plague our waters. We will also be showcasing our filtered water bottles as a sustainable solution to single use water bottles.

The event is being organised by Watertrek Foundation with lots of help from Thames Estuary Partnership. Watertrek Foundation is an environmental charity with good experience in organising clean up events to raise awareness of the plastic waste issue. Thames Estuary Partnership are an umbrella organisation working with a range of bigger organisations which have an interest in a cleaner, more accessible Thames. These include Tideway, the PLA, Thames21. Other partners to the project include Canal and Rivers Trust, Merchant Square, Moo Canoes, Kay & Co and others who are orgainsing clean up and paddle events .

Active 360 have been organizing and helping with clean ups of the canals at Brentford and at Paddington since 2011. They let participants have free SUP including a short lesson if required, in return for getting involved in clearing a section of canal of plastic waste. This fun element has worked well to encourage people who would not otherwise get involved in clean up events.

We’ll have more information on the event and how you can get involved soon.

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