On the 31st June we had a Sup Club night with a difference. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race and their sustainability message we decided to get ‘on board’ and do our bit to help turn the tide on plastic.
Joining forces with Penarth View we hit the water and addressed the issue head-on, navigating ourselves down the Taff picking up plastic and rubbish which was otherwise resigned to the fate of floating down our rivers and into our seas. During the expedition, we observed that plastic waste was within our reach around every nook and cranny on and off the water. The biggest culprits of pollution being polystyrene take away boxes and plastic single-use bottles. After scooping up 14 bags of plastic and litter within an hour and a half it became clear just how significant a problem plastic waste really is and unsurprising that it is reaching the far corners of the world.
As we paddled along the river we became so engrossed in the challenge that we didn’t even realise how much our blood was pumping and muscles were working. It was only when our stomach started shouting out in protest of hunger on the way home and we struggled with the stairs the next day that we realised how much of a workout it was!
The event was such a success that we have been requested to do it again, this time joined by the BBC Xray team on 11th July who will be filming the session.