August 2017

First #SavedFromTheSea Winners Announced

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July’s winning entries in Eunomia’s beach cleaning competition have been selected, with two lucky litter pickers taking home fashionable recycled plastic backpacks courtesy of our partner Fjällräven.

Fjallraven multi recycle pic re-size

#SavedFromTheSea asks beach goers to spend five minutes doing a shoreline litter pick this summer before taking a photo of either the most unusual item found or an item that can be reused in a creative way.

Winner of the most unusual item for July went to Ben Hart, who discovered a plastic jerry can, a tube of lubricant and full tin of German furniture varnish:

July winner - unusual objects - cropped further

Meanwhile, Will Campbell took the prize for most inventive reuse, turning fisherman’s trimmings into new shoe laces:

July winner - reuse option

The competition aims to raise awareness of the problem of marine plastic pollution – one of Eunomia’s areas of expertise. Most recently, Eunomia has begun a major project for the European Commission (DG Environment) on plastics reuse, recycling and marine litter, and has contributed to a report on deposit refund schemes in Catalonia.

#SavedFromTheSea will continue to run until 31st August 2017, with two more sets of prizes still to be won, and is open to all ages across the world. Litter pickers can now take part through Instagram using our handle @eunomia_randc, as well as on Twitter.

An updated set of the rules and further instructions on how to enter are available here.