We’ve some very exciting news…we can now announce our official partnership with the amazing @hannahmills_gbr and @mcintryeeilidh as they embark on their 470 dinghy class sailing campaign for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. As world-class athletes, Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre have seen up close the effects of plastic pollution on the sea that they love.
We found out about their plans to create a bold campaign around inspiring and encouraging people to reduce the amount of needless plastic in their lives. They figured that if they could reduce their plastic consumption as they prepare to compete in the Olympics that would inspire others to do the same!
As people, and as a company, we care deeply about helping to reduce plastic pollution so it made total sense for us to support them in their mission.They will be launching the Big Plastic Pledge very soon. We can’t wait to share with you how you can get involved.
The women behind this campaign
In the 2012 Olympics, Hannah Mills won a silver medal for Team GB with her crew Saskia Clark, then in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro she took gold in the same event. She frequently blogs about nutrition, wellness, travel tips, and her Olympic lifestyle. In 2002 Mills was voted UK Young Sailor of the Year and the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year, then in 2016 Mills was awarded Female World Sailor of the Year. In the 2017 New Year Honours, Mills was further honoured with an MBE. You can find out more about Hannah Mills at https://www.hannahmills.com
“My passion for fighting plastics and pollution has steadily been growing over the years, the problem just felt so overwhelming I didn’t know where to start! Finally in the summer of 2018 I realised I could combine both my love for Olympic sailing and my love for the planet and the Ocean. I set about hatching a plan for how I could impact in a positive way on our worldwide plastic pandemic”.
Eilidh has sailing in her blood. Growing up on Hayling Island, near Portsmouth on the South Coast of England, Eilidh first began sailing at eight years old in a catamaran with her dad. From there she has never looked back. In 2018, Eilidh, sailing with Mills, took bronze at the Sailing World Championship adding to their medal total after taking gold at the 470 World Cup Series in 2017 and silver at the 470 World Championships in Greece. You can follow Eilidh on Twitter on @McintyreEilidh .
“I am Olympic obsessed and being a professional athlete was always going to be something I chased. As my sailing career blossomed I got to go to some of the most amazing places in the world and everywhere I went, plastic followed me in the oceans. I am passionate about changing our single use disposable lifestyle and the damage it’s doing to something which gives me so much joy”.
If you would like to learn more about reducing plastic pollution then take a look at some of our other blogs on reusable water bottles, stainless steel lunchboxes, low waste living and what it’s like running a zero-waste shop.
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