How to Reframe Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action

How to Reframe Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action

What is Eco-Anxiety?

We are living in an era where wildfires, plastic pollution, melting ice and dying oceans are a regular feature on all media channels. Action from the top is slow or non existent despite science and activists confirming that the concerns are real and we have limited time to act. So I’m not surprised that people are losing sleep, feeling anxious, having panic attacks or obsessively worrying about the future. This has very recently been given the label of ‘eco-anxiety’. The good news is that this is a completely normal reaction. We are hard wired to experience stress as it acts as our personal internal warning system. The tensions caused tell us that something is wrong and we need to ACT.

Although eco-anxiety isn’t a recognised mental health issue itself it could enhance pre existing conditions. Psychologists suggest that eco-anxiety is more common in women and cases in young people are rapidly increasing. Caroline Hickman, from Bath’s Department of Social & Policy Sciences and the Climate Psychology Alliance, suggests that eco-anxiety now affects more children than ever before.

Eco-Anxiety and me

I for one have had first hand experience of that overwheming feeling of helplessness at the enormity of the task ahead. I’ve been involved with river and beach clean ups, including clearing up 5 tonnes of rubbish from the Scottish wilderness and organising the biggest British beach clean in Brighton after the Pride celebrations. In the network of pollution activists and eco-aware people I know the levels of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are rife.  Is that a sign that they are eco-anxious or is it just a symptom of modern society?  I will leave that for you to decide.

Looking at the man made devastation, it is easy to get caught in a spiral of ‘what’s the point’. But there is a point! And if you don’t do something, who will? And if we all do something, wow! Imagine what we could actually achieve.

Find your meaning and your motivation but dont be alarmed if you still find yourself tripping into overwhelm on occasion.  If you notice you are doing that – forgive yourself, refocus and move on.

ocean advocacy

Ocean Advocacy and Climate Change

If you are wondering what ocean advocacy has to do with climate change – the answer is LOADS! Many of the solutions for plastic pollution also help to reduce climate change.  But the real magic is in my favourite creatures on our blue planet – whales!  Whale poop helps to reduce the impact of climate change!

‘A study undertaken several years ago by the University of Vermont showed that whales have a huge impact on the healthy functioning of the oceans (and thus the planet as a whole), particularly when it comes to carbon sequestration. Conservation biologist Joe Roman, who took part in the study, believes that the massive decline of whale numbers due to commercial whaling very likely altered the structure and function of the oceans.

Whale poop serves as a nutritional powerhouse for phytoplankton. It is particularly rich in iron and nitrogen, two key minerals necessary for phytoplankton growth. So essentially what is happening is that whales are fertilising the plankton – which is a primary food source for countless animals in the sea. It is all a perfect cycle. More whales = more whale poo = more plankton blooms = more fish.’

Find out more here. (extract from the linked article)

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My top tips for noticing eco-anxiety and how to reframe it into positive action:

1. Acknowledge it

It is a perfectly normal response to the crazy environmental times we live in at the moment. Say to yourself “That’s right – I am concerned about the environment”. By owning it you take control of it and you can then move on to action.

2. Get Specific

This is a common problem with many things in life!  It is also often a problem pattern that prevents us from taking positive steps for change.  If we are stuck in ‘maybe man’ mode  we don’t clearly identify the root cause. When we are uncertain of our own experience we can’t find the right solutions. This is where taking time out to be mindful can really help you to find clarity.
I find with clients that it is often something less obvious that is actually the root cause of concern. So eco-anxiety for example, could be masking another unhelpful emotion like guilt or shame.  If you arent clear on what is causing you an issue I am able to help you.  If you want to work it out for yourself then I can give you some tools to do so too.
Get Mindful – As soon as you can watch your thoughts, you are no longer a slave to them
Find a quiet spot and sit in a comfortable position, ideally with a straight back and with the supports that you need to maintain comfort with out distraction. Some guidance on meditation posture here.
Turn off your phone!
Set the intention to take some time out without distractions to sit with your own thoughts and figure out what your biggest concerns are.
I personally find that mindful breathing techniques help me to clear away the mental clutter and allow the real concerns to become clear. If mindful breathing isn’t something that you are familiar with don’t worry! Just spending this time out to focus on the intention will be enough to allow the real concerns to show themselves.
It might be useful to visualise yourself in a bubble before doing this exercise so that you know that you have resources that will help you to confront the eco-anxiety that might arise. Also remind yourself that this is a step towards action and positive change.
Identify your specific concerns by noticing what comes up: Is it climate change or plastic pollution for example? If you have several, try writing them on post-it notes and see if you can find an order of priority. Often you can get a feeling for the one that worries you the most by playing with the order of the post-its.
Once you have your top priority, acknowledge that you’re not superhuman and can’t fix all the world’s problems single handedly.  Accept that you need to start somewhere and now you know the area of your biggest concern you can make a plan of action.

3. Don’t get so caught up with what the future might hold that you stop living

It is oh so easy to wind yourself up by running ‘what if’ scenarios. What if I can’t stop buying single use? What if all the ice melts? What if we literally drown in plastic? The reality is that

whatever you are coming up with in your ‘what ifs’ will vary from the sublime to the ridiculous and in man cases may not happen at all.

My four stage antidote to ‘what-if-ing’:

  • First, remind yourself that you have dealt with all life’s challenges so far, so why would future challenges be any different?
  • Ask yourself – what would happen if it didnt happen?! And what would you actually do if it did… you would deal with it one way or another and that is for sure!
  • Then take some time out to get present. To do that, stop what you are doing and sit with your breath for a couple of minutes. Remind yourself that all we have at this exact moment is now.
  • Find something that you are grateful for. Spend a few minutes acknowledging that gratitude and allow it to percolate through your whole being. For instance, I might be grateful to be healthy or that the sun is shining, or that I got to look at the ocean that day.

By doing this, I tend to be able to get out of the ‘what if’ cycle so that I can focus on creating an action plan.

4. Look for positives

We, as humans, tend to focus on the negative and this can mean that we distort the bigger picture by deleting the good stuff. But we can change that by focussing on the good stuff. Where our attention goes our energy flows and all that jazz. Yes we have lots of issues facing us but there are also lots of hugely inspiring people and initiatives out there too. The more you engage with those solutions and positive actions the better you will feel. If you stop and think, you notice that we are talking about the solutions now more than ever and there is a mass uprising of demand for action. We need to focus on this progress and keep that momentum going.

5. Take responsibility but be ok with being average

It is really easy to lay responsibility on others and get caught up in a blame game but the truth is that we all have a part to play.

Concentrate on your own personal sphere of influence and see what actions you can take in order to have an impact within that sphere. That could be looking to see how you can implement changes at home, within your family, school or workplace. If you want to look beyond that then you could write to your local MP or to your favourite brands and ask them what actions they are taking.

I am totally loving Jen Gale’s new book ‘a Sustainable(ish) Life’ which has TONNES of easy to follow tips and advice for simple actions in. 

Taking responsibility is one thing but don’t overwhelm yourself. It is really easy to assume responsibility for everything but you also need to take care of yourself and understand your personal limitations.

This was a bit of a eureka moment for me in my personal journey. I kept finding all these amazing projects doing amazing things and wanted to be a part of it all. I was chasing all the shiny things! I ended up tired and exhausted and not much use to any project let alone my own. Once I realised that I needed to take time out for self nurture so that I could start from a place of fullness I got my balance back and am so much more useful to people and planet!

You can’t help the environment from a half empty cup. So take care of you before you take care of others. It sounds counter-intuitive but believe me it helps everyone more in the long run. And accept that you are not a superhuman, it is ok to just be ok and to just do what you can.


Take action

I discuss eco-anxiety with most of the environmentalists and campaigners I come across. It is a hot topic that is discussed in my podcast and an area that I am continuing to explore. By far the most common antidote I hear from people who really are at the front line of the issues is ACTion.

Any anxiety is a process that is often held up by underlying guilt. In the instance of eco-anxiety that guilt is likely to be guilt for some small environmental faux pas… leaving the lights on, using too much water, buying something in plastic etc etc.

Shun the idea of perfection because that is an impossible goal.

By doing something, no matter how big or small that ACTion is, you start to chip away at your own guilt and in turn you knock down the foundations of that eco-anxiety.


Ultimately, to combat eco-anxiety you need to ACT:


Remember to always focus on what you CAN do and share what you have learnt or what you are doing so that you inspire others and create a ripple effect of positive change. If you need support dealing with any of the processes or issues discussed or would like help defining an action plan that works for you then please get in touch or book a discovery call.

 For tips and inspiring stories from every day heroes who have decided to take action tune into the Clare Talks Rubbish Podcast. For more practical advice on carrying out clean ups and engaging your community in solutions check out my Paddle Cleanup Toolkit.

Wayne & Koda: Walk The Coast of Britain, Eco-Anxiety and Nature Connection

Wayne & Koda: Walk The Coast of Britain, Eco-Anxiety and Nature Connection

#LitterHeroes Wayne & Koda are walking the whole of the UK coast litter picking along the way.

Wayne & Koda are truely inspiring every day heroes!  If you are ever in any doubt about what is possible in life then this is the inspirational story for you!

Wayne Dixon, from Lancashire, has overcome addiction, mental health problems, a broken neck, grief and financial difficulties but none of that stopped him from following his true passion.  He is walking the entire coast of Britain picking up every piece of litter he passes along the way and is showing us how one passionate person CAN create positive change.

Wayne & Koda

Photo c/o Bude Today

Wayne became frustrated at how society treated his bi-polar father; frustrated at how his peers were stuck in a cycle of heroine addition; and frustrated at the lack of respect society has for its environment.  He has worked a a support worker and experienced first hand the problems of our current society.  Now more than ever, people are overwhelmed by concerns about our environment.  But as those in power seem to ignore the impact they could have and instead appear to support those making it worse.  The rich are getting richer and the problems in society continue to be under supported.  This hass given Wayne the drive to keep going, to talk about his story, to raise awareness of the problems and inspire the next generations to be different.

We NEED people like Wayne.  There are so many priviledge folk talking about plastic but there are people from ALL WALKS OF LIFE who are taking action, and creating change.

Wayne & Koda

After his dad passed away leaving him Koda, a Northern Inuit dog, Wayne decided it was time to follow his long dream to walk the coast of Britain. Despite living on an income of only £50/week, he set off on in February 2016 and is picking up every single piece of litter he walks past along the way!

Wayne & Koda


There is a long intro from me on this episode as I include some advice on dealing with eco-anxiety.  It felt poignent, partly as it is a hot topic right now, but also because Wayne talks at length about the mental health issues he has faced and also that his father experienced.  Eco-Anxiety is a normal response to the current threats but allowing the anxiety to take hold doesnt put us in a mindset where we can take action.

I have set up a support group th deal with this as part of the solution is to find your tribe and create a suppport network.

I explain this in more detain in the episode but essentially it comes down to ACTS.

Acknowlede and Accept

Create Plans

Think about your impact

Support group

Another key is getting outside, reconnecting with nature and that is exactly what has saved Wayne and helped him to gain the clarity and mindset he needed to take action.

Wayne & Koda

Wayne & Koda

I was privileged to catch up with Wayne & Koda back in July 2019 when his walk brought him into Brighton and Hove.

If the story resonates with you then please support his campaign to raise money for the mental health charity Mind.  He has already raised a third of his £30k target!

Mind Fundraiser

Wayne and Koda Facebook page



More about Wayne’s journey here:

Keep Britain Tidy

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Oceans 8 Brighton New Year Resolutions 2020 Eco-tips

Oceans 8 Brighton New Year Resolutions 2020 Eco-tips

The Oceans 8 Brighton team got together for this Christmas special to give their top eco tips and advice for New Year Resolutions 2020.

Who are Oceans 8 Brighton?

Oceans 8 Brighton is a co-operative consultancy partnership of Brighton and Hove based women who are leading the way for ocean plastic solutions.  We have over 100 years of experience in waste solutions and are available for consultancy, media expertise, corporate events and public speaking.  You may have already heard about the massive ‘Rubbish Heist’ we pulled off in the Summer after Brighton Pride, if not you can read about it here.  2 tonnes were collected in a few hours by a huge team of disco dancing volunteers.  It was an amazing feat of community spirit.

Six of the Ocean’s 8 Brighton team got together for our Christmas drinks and I thought it was too good an opportunity to miss getting their shared knowledge out there for my podcast listeners.  Sadly Amy Gibson and Louise McCurdy couldnt make it and were missed.

We share top tips on New Year resolutions 2020 and ways that you can resolve to help the planet in 2020. We also discuss how you can change habits and reframe your mindset. Amid the prosecco and nibbles it is an incredibly positive conversation which I personally found helpfully uplifting!

Some New Year Resolutions 2020 tips:

  • Be careful where you keep and how you spend your money (Claire Potter)
  • Get your energy from a company that genuinely provides renewable energy (Atlanta Cook)
  • Think about what is important to you and what motivates you so that you can find your why.  Then start tiny and build new habits up one by one. (Clare Osborn)
  • Slow down, consume less and share more (Melanie Rees)
  • Join a community that is putting pressure on policy makers (Mala Nathan)
  • Embrace Reuse and sharing – if you need a new thing can you get pre-loved or perhaps borrow it? (Cat Fletcher)

We mention:

Atomic Habits – James Clear


Co-Op Bank


Too Good To Go

Ethical Consumer Magazine

Laundromat Film (on Netflix)

Doughnut Economics – Kate Raworth

Podcast available on Stitcher, Spotify, Podbean and Apple Podcast.


All photos by the amazing Alex Bamford.

This podcast was edited by Chloe Aust and marketing contributions by Megan Youngs. More about the team here.

Clare Talks Rubbish is a podcast brought to you by Clare Talks, a Coach and Ocean Advocate.  We are on a mission to inspire you to break outside the status quo, to create a wave of change.  We want to inspire and help change makers, leaders and every day heroes.  We love supporting and connecting people so do get in touch if you think we can be of assistance.


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The Modern Milkman

The Modern Milkman

The Modern Milkman: Can technology save the planet?

After watching the Blue Planet 2 episode with the sperm whale baby eating the plastic bucket, Paul White and three of his friends decided that they needed to be a part of the solution.  

With a background in farming and agriculture and a desire to change the face of grocery shopping The Modern Milkman was born.  

After some trial and error involving freezing cold dark mornings in a truck with a broken window.  Then traipsing around with a notepad and pen in the rain following up deliveries, the four friends realised they needed a new approach.  

the modern milkman

The Modern Milkman embraces technology to manage customers demands an map out the most economical route and they have big ambitions to become the most sustainable grocery delivery service in the UK.  But it isn’t all about profit margins and business, they have recognised that there is a need to support local producers and local farmers to be sustainable and cost effective.  And they want to prove the model works so that it can be replicated elsewhere and create a ripple effect of positive change.  

It seems they are well on their way to that goal as they have expanded rapidly from one small round of 100 customers to over 6000 and now cover a large swathe of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

the modern milkman

They are aiming to cater for everyone too and have oat milk in glass bottles, bakery goods, including vegan items, local muesli’s AND washing up liquid all in reusable containers. The range is constantly expanding too.

the modern milkman

I really enjoyed this conversation with Paul White, one of the founders of The Modern Milkman and you might also hear his dog wondering around in the background.  

Another fantastic example of how passionate individuals can lead the way to a circular economy future.  Paul gives his tips and advice to other eco-entrepreneurs thinking about setting up their own enterprise. And explains how the Modern Milkman plans to support the community far beyond being a grocery delivery service.

I am excited to follow their journey and know you will love this episode.

To find out more and if you are in their catchment area check out their app:

The Modern Milkman Website

Get the App on Apple

Get the App on Android




The Modern milkman

This podcast was edited by Chloe Aust and marketing contributions by Megan Youngs. More about the team here.

Clare Talks Rubbish is a podcast brought to you by Clare Talks, a Coach and Ocean Advocate.  We are on a mission to inspire you to break outside the status quo, to create a wave of change.  We want to inspire and help change makers, leaders and every day heroes.  We love supporting and connecting people so do get in touch if you think we can be of assistance.


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glass bottle milk

 milk delivery

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For more tips and advice check out 7 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste

Plastic in Food: Are You Eating Microplastic?

Plastic in Food: Are You Eating Microplastic?

There are microplastics in food, and indeed in the air we breathe.  Rebecca Moore is an award winning student whose microplastic study made the press when she found plastic in ALL food sources she sampled. It is young people like Rebecca that totally inspire me and give me hope about our planet and our future.  I caught up with her to get some insight into what she found and what she thinks the solutions are.


Microplastic in food: I tested mussels from all main supermarkets and found plastic in ALL of them


microplastics in food


I investigated microplastic in food, namely the abundance in blue mussels cultured for human consumption. All mussels were produced in the UK and all the mussels I sampled were contaminated with plastic, around 11 pieces per individual mussel. It is likely our plastic waste is now entering our food chain and being retained in the body. Further research is needed. (Clare: As discussed in the recent Health Summit). Plastics like bottles and bags are more commonly spoken about than microplastics, however microplastics pose just as big of threat and therefore is important to be talked about which is why I decided to focus on them for my research.


The biggest concern 


My personal biggest concern is our future generations continuing to consume microplastics without knowing what the consequences may be. It is currently discussed that microplastics have negative effects on small species like fish, therefore it may be likely that ingesting microplastics may have negative effects on our health too. Current issues encountered by contaminated species include deterioration of health, whether it be lack of appetite, internal blockages or the possibility of chemical additives leaching into the body after absorption. This need a lot more in-depth research.


microplastics in food


Amoung my friends and I, we have a lot of concerns, especially lack of action from politicians: 


The main concern was for plastic pollution affecting local and national wildlife. Having lived in Morecambe it is not uncommon to go for a walk down the beach and be greeted by plastic, this is likely to be ingested by sea birds among other species living here. It is also suggested that plastic litter could cause a safety risk for children playing on the beach, a cut from a sharp piece of plastic could injure a child and so beach cleans would be a huge benefit.


The second concern was for the lack of urgency on politicians part. There are vast amounts of evidence suggesting the negative effects on multiple different species so it is difficult to understand why plastic pollution is not being taken seriously yet. Although the 5p bag charges was a good start, it is not enough to tackle the problem as a whole. Laws around plastic should become firmer in the way that littering should be heavily punished and recycling should be positively acknowledged.


The final concern lays with retail shop plastic. It becomes very difficult to live as plastic free as you can when multiple different retailers continue to use single use plastics despite the demand not too. This plastic is likely to be thrown, not recycled. Landfill will continue to expand and eventually we will run out of space to house our litter. In the case of supermarkets, it would be a good idea to replace own branded items with less single use plastics options. People expressed interest into this and would consider buying these plastic free alternatives, showing that the market and demand for plastic free is there.


My message to the Government


What will it take for the government to take plastic pollution seriously? There is an endless amount of information that suggests that plastic causes negative effects for all species, and yet we continue to mass produce it. Modern day technology has come up with multiple alternative materials (bamboo, hemp) so why has this not been fully utilised yet? 


I also believe that big companies such as Coca Cola should be issued a charge for using single use plastics for their products when other alternative methods are available, this may make companies reconsider using plastic in the first place.

microplastic in food


I do believe that young people are engaged in solutions. 


I think that people are starting to realise that not a lot is going to happen right now that will dramatically reduce plastic production and usage and that young people can make a difference by making small changes in their personal life. This may be buying a reusable bottle, or bag. Buying a bamboo toothbrush or sanitary wear. Although small changes, these items make a big difference in the demand for plastic as more people continue swap plastic for alternative materials. Until the government begins to make the changes needed, we must continue to campaign for a change for our future planet and hope that one day they will listen.


It is about time something changed


The ocean has been around long before humans, and yet we are the main cause of its destruction. Our actions alone have contributed to coral bleaching, ocean acidification and the rising of sea levels and temperatures. Our actions have damaged the environment and that is shocking. We have over fished our seas and continue to deteriorate the health of our ocean by continuing to pollute it with plastic. We have not respected our oceans, or any environment for that matter. Its about time something changed.


The ocean connects people around the world, it feeds billions of people and yet we take it for granted like it is an unlimited resource for us to use. This resource is limited and one day the ocean will not be able to sustain the human population as well continue to pollute an already fragile environment.

microplastics in food


People inspire me


I am inspired because I am worried, whether that is still classed as inspiration I am not sure. I am worried that we are still producing large amounts of plastic without considering the long-term effects. However, I am inspired by the passion shown by local people about plastic pollution and how that is changing their personal behaviour. I am inspired when I see petitions and protests demanding change because it gives me faith in humanity. Although we have polluted our planet, there are people out there who care enough to try and fix it and I think that is amazing


How to cope with ‘eco-anxiety’


I have had a lot of advice over the years, but I reckon the best advice is not to become overwhelmed with whatever you’re doing. Whether it’s a course, or work or literally anything, take things one step at a time. As long as you do your best and you’re proud then everything is good.


In relation to plastic, the topic is very overwhelming. It is difficult to reduce microplastic in ocean, it can seem hopeless when you always try to do your bit for the environment when it feels like the government and other bodies are not doing the same. It can become hopeless when you think nothing you’re doing personally will make a big impact but you have to believe that it does and keep motivated. Try and motivate others too into helping the environment. If large numbers of people have the same mindset it is likely to catch on and hopefully recycling and reducing plastic usage will be a lot more common. (Clare: Ripple Effect!  Such great advice)

microplastic in food


Start with Why


To help deal with overwhelm, I ask myself why I am doing said activity. At university I became very disheartened at times, always asking myself why am I doing this, it’s too hard, it’s not for me, the usual. Many times I considered giving up as I was not the smartest in the class or was not getting high grades. But to stay motivated I would ask myself what the bigger picture is, and why I am actually doing it. 


The bigger picture is that I am not doing this for myself but for future conservation and the affected species which cannot speak for themselves. I am doing this so I can get involved with conservation and hopefully try and make a difference. I failed many exams and assignments, but you have to keep going. It was difficult, but you have to keep your head down and keep pushing on. Now, I have finished my degree with a 2:1, which is higher than I was aimed for. I was awarded Student of The Year and are currently starting my next journey as a STEM AMBASSADOR, which is very exciting. Don’t give up no matter how hard it gets, there is no shame in getting overwhelmed. Just take a step back and think about the bigger picture and what you are working towards and hopefully that will make everything a little easier.


Book / Film recommendations


I have been studying for the last few years so have not found time for leisure reading, as much as I would have liked to. I am currently reading Changing Fortunes which shows how the perception of whales has changed over the years from excessive commercial hunting to whale watching tours. I have collected a lot of marine books which I intend to read now I have more free time. As for films, all of David Attenborough’s documentaries, they are golden.

Rebecca Moore


What next? 


Now I have completed my degree I am going to spend some time travelling and conserving marine life, hopefully do some more research here and there. Previously I have been lucky enough to go on conservation trips to Madagascar and The Gambia and I would love the opportunity to continue to do so. I would love for the opportunity to be able to work in Morecambe’s future Eden Project too.

microplastic in food


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Turning Your Passion into a Sustainable Business: Rob Thompson

Turning Your Passion into a Sustainable Business: Rob Thompson

Season Two of the Clare Talks Rubbish Podcast Launches today. Episode 1 is with innovator an award winning Rob Thompson of Odyssey Innovation. Rob has created the world’s first ever marine recycled kayak and is moving on to make even more products with his new marine recovered material.

Scuba Diver turned Innovator

Rob was managing estates in Cornwall a few years ago and is a prime example of how following your passion can create endless opportunities. Rob is now the proud owner of a sustainable eco business and talks about his journey in this episode.

A great conversation for anyone out there who has any doubt that you can make a career from your passion. He is challenging the business status quo and setting an example for a circular economy future.  

Rob is a scuba diver who was fed up with finding idyllic coves in Cornwall full of plastic rubbish so decided to do something about it.

Fathoms Free

After rallying friends together, diving remote spots and debriefing on a cliff top around a camp fire, Fathoms Free was born.  Regular dives against debris ensued but Rob was still not satisfied as the rubbish they collected was still going into landfill.

World First Marine Recycled Kayak

Most people would have stopped at that point but after years of research, networking and hard graft, Rob has created the world’s first ever marine recycled kayaks from a new material he calls Gyre 2.

Rob had no background in materials, product development or indeed business and he shares his journey and advice on following your passion to create a sustainable business.

You can find more about the Marine Recycled Kayaks, Handplanes and other products on the Odyssey Innovation website.  There you will also find information about the Paddle For Plastic Campaign and the Ocean Recovery net collection campaign.

Other mentions:

Project Aware

Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners

Sea Shepherd Ghost Net Campaign

Global Ghost Gear Initiative

Paddle For Plastic Facebook Group

Paddle Cleanup Toolkit

This podcast was edited by Chloe Aust and marketing contributions by Megan Youngs. More about the team here.

Clare Talks Rubbish is a podcast brought to you by Clare Talks, a Coach and Ocean Advocate.  We are on a mission to inspire you to break outside the status quo, to create a wave of change.  We want to inspire and help change makers, leaders and every day heroes.  We love supporting and connecting people so do get in touch if you think we can be of assistance.


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