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E14: Wayne and Koda: Walking the coast of Britain, nature connection & overcoming eco-anxiety

E14: Wayne and Koda: Walking the coast of Britain, nature connection & overcoming eco-anxiety

January 10, 2020

If you are ever in any doubt about what it is possible to achieve 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 and is showing us how one passionate person CAN create positive change.  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 by dropping litter everywhere.  But, Wayne had one thing that kept him from spiralling down the same old route, and one thing that kept him alive - his passion for walking, travel and nature.  

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!

I was privileged to catch up with Wayne 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

Twitter

Instagram

More about Wayne's journey here:

You Tube Short

You Tube Clip

This podcast was edited by Wee Bird Design and Clare Talks!

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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E13: Oceans 8 Brighton New Years Resolution 2020 Eco-Tips

E13: Oceans 8 Brighton New Years Resolution 2020 Eco-Tips

December 20, 2019

The expertise of 6 of the 8 @oceans8brighton team in one podcast!  

The Christmas party addition of the Clare Talks Rubbish Podcast.

An informal and unedited conversation over nibbles and wine.

We discuss how you can be more sustainable in 2020.

Learn more about Oceans 8 Brighton

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.

Helping you to clear out the rubbish and create space for boundless opportunities!

 

E12: The Modern Milkman: Can technology save the planet?

E12: The Modern Milkman: Can technology save the planet?

December 6, 2019

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 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.

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.

I really enjoyed this conversation with Paul White, one of the founders 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

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

 

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.

Helping you to clear out the rubbish and create space for boundless opportunities!

 

E11: Turning Your Passion into a Sustainable Business with Rob Thompson

E11: Turning Your Passion into a Sustainable Business with Rob Thompson

November 22, 2019

Rob Thompson got creative with ocean waste and turned it into kayaks amount other things.

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.  

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.

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

 

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.

Helping you to clear out the rubbish and create space for boundless opportunities!
E10: How to inspire the next generation of Ocean Superheroes by Treading Lighter

E10: How to inspire the next generation of Ocean Superheroes by Treading Lighter

October 11, 2019

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

The quote by Margaret Mead is one of Libby's favourites so it seems fitting to start with it.

This episode is for you if:

  • You want to inspire the next generation of ocean super heroes.
  • You have children, are a teacher or just want to inspire them to become guardians of their own future planet.
  • You love Manta Rays or Whalesharks of diving or the Ocean
  • You like cycle touring
  • You are interested in bamboo bikes
  • You like hearing stories from ordinary people who have decided to do something positive to change the world

I met Libby on the very first #PaddleCleanup expedition that I took part in.  We instantly connected over our passion for the oceans creatures, diving and rubbish.  It was just before Libby took off on her bike made of grass to cycle the length of New Zealand.  We could have done a whole other podcast about Sunny her amazing bamboo bike and her cycle touring trips!  

Libby is a primary school teacher by profession although she quit her teaching job after one of her students set her a challenge to walk her talk.  

There are more visuals including a time-lapse of her bike decorations over on the blog post about this episode.

Show Notes

 

 

E9: Atlanta Cook - How to be an effective Ocean Activist

E9: Atlanta Cook - How to be an effective Ocean Activist

September 11, 2019

How to be an effective ocean activist - a question on many people's mind at the moment.  

Atlanta Cook has been campaigning for the ocean for a very long time and has not only set up several grass roots projects herself, she was also there at the start of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and is the only Honorary Life Member of SAS.  

Atlanta is a surfer, a boogie boarder and has some very beautiful things to say about the ocean.  We talk about how its majesty and power get under your skin and bring tears to your eyes when you befriend it as much as surfers do.

Atlanta first came under my radar when Incredible Oceans Event Manager, Grace Walker and I two handedly pulled off a huge outdoor event with mermaids, sea shanties and a giant inflatable Orca.  Atlanta is a regular at the same Brighton Annual March of the Mermaids, usually accompanied by her daughter.  I’m sure Atlanta is part mermaid for real!

Atlanta has worked on ocean issues at a global level with the Seas At Risk Federation and was able to give Surfers Against Sewage a voice on an international stage.  But it all started with raves at the Zap in Brighton and boogie boarding with world class boogie boarder Jago Eliot who has now sadly passed away.

Back in the early 90s while surfing in Cornwall, Atlanta became aware of the water quality issues and joined forces with SAS bringing their first outpost to Brighton in 1991.  Spurred on by the death of 8 year old Heather Preen they successfully campaigned to improve water quality and prevent as much raw effluent being discharged into our seas.  The Safer Seas programme is the legacy of that campaign. 

Not happy with that, Atlanta took over a local community centre and campaigned to prevent a local nature reserve from becoming a commercial enterprise and has now secured a chunk of funding to turn that into a community classroom that will enable her team and others to run workshops for school groups, working alongside Living Coasts.

I learnt so much from this conversation, about so many different environmental issues that I only knew about from a surface level..  If you want to know more about how to campaign effectively using simple messaging then you will love listening to Atlanta’s story.  Her determination is totally awe inspiring.  

Learn More:

Atlanta Cook Marine Environment Consultancy Website

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Support the Beacon Hub Crowd Fund

Photo by Mi Elverson for Ruby Moon Swimwear

 

As ever this podcast has been edited by the wonderful Chloe Aust.

The next episode will be out on 10th October as I am in Costa Rica searching for creatures and swimming with sharks until then!   The previous episodes are all equally inspiring.  Please do comment, review and share as it helps more people find the podcast.

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E8: What is the true cost of Con-Venience? Explored with artist Louise McCurdy

E8: What is the true cost of Con-Venience? Explored with artist Louise McCurdy

August 30, 2019

Louise is a fellow Oceans 8 Brighton consultant and has been creating informative art from waste plastic since 2006.  

As one half of "Dirty Beach" with Chloe Hanks, they created immersive, fully fitted supermarket installations that mimicked the visual language of large modern retailers but stocked only plastic waste recovered from the environment. Dirty Beach built nine installations in the U.K., Netherlands and Belgium including the Trucost of Con-Venience 'Purveyors of Found and Vintage Plastics'.

Lou is now working with photographer Alex Bamford and can often been found in the environment with piles of plastic and domestic items like washing machines and hoovers.  I recently found an old push around vacuum and she immediately came to mind for a new home for it!

I love the humour and fun that Lou brings into her work and wish there were more people using humour in their environmental messaging as I believe it really does have an impact.

Apologies about the sound quality on this episode, it was one of my earlier recordings before I worked out how to get the levels right!

You can find more about Louise here:

Website

Instagram

Alex Bamford

E7: Setting up the country’s first community recycling hub & stories about ’stuff’

E7: Setting up the country’s first community recycling hub & stories about ’stuff’

August 16, 2019

This episode is a bit longer but Melanie is just too interesting and inspiring so I didn't want to cut much out!

Melanie is the founder of Oceans 8 Brighton a collaboration of projects in Brighton and Hove working to reduce marine debris.  The co-founder of the Green Centre, the country's first community recycling hub and a platform for learning about One Planet Living.  She was also a special needs school Head Teacher and an Asian Tsunami survivor.  If that isn't enough, she also launched the most successful school uniform fundraiser ever in aid of Unicef, raising £57k for water pumps in Sudan in its first year!  WOW!   

There is a phrase that goes something like 'you are not what happens to you, but how you deal with those things'.  Melanie proves that it doesn't matter what life throws at you, by slowing down, consuming less and sharing more you can achieve HUGE things.

She shares her wisdom on building up a super successful community recycling centre from scratch.  Her take on the stories she learnt about every day stuff and how we could live more harmoniously with our planet.  For the hippies among you, we also touch on the amazing things that happen when you sit back and TRUST!

Mel is one of the most humble, yet incredible people you will ever come across.  I know you will be inspired and want to learn more about the stories she has to tell.  You can do so by subscribing to the Green Centre facebook page as she shares her thoughts every Monday.  Some fascinating things to learn and another person whose brain I would totally download if that was a thing.

Grab a cuppa, a comfy seat and a note book and enjoy.

My Blog interview with Melanie

The Green Centre Website

Green Centre Facebook

Podcast edited by Chloe Aust

E6: How to be a zero waste mum with Claire Sumners aka Zero Waste Maman.

E6: How to be a zero waste mum with Claire Sumners aka Zero Waste Maman.

August 2, 2019

The Ocean has a tummy ache!

Claire has two small children and yet still manages to produce very little waste and especially plastic waste.  I am not a parent but I know that parenting is a tough enough job in itself.  So Claire puts me to shame really with my struggles to reduce waste.

Like most of the people I talk to though, she is not superwoman, non-judgemental and certainly not perfect.  I love her upfront say it as it is attitude and her passion for creating a better world for her children to grow up in.

I love the fact that her son says "the ocean has got a tummy ache"!  It is very cute but also a shocking sign of the times.  

Claire's energy and enthusiasm is infectious and I know you will love this episode.  Please share to any parents who are wanting to reduce their impact of the environment.  Then follow Claire to find out more tips and tricks from her journey.

E5: Caroline Bond aka Kittie Kipper with her journey from beach cleaner to fibre artist.

E5: Caroline Bond aka Kittie Kipper with her journey from beach cleaner to fibre artist.

July 19, 2019

Join me in a beautiful garden in Seaford where Caroline works. You can see part of the amazing view from the photo I have posted.

Caroline talks to me about how she got into beach cleaning and became one of the first to help spread the #2minutebeachclean campaign.  Her journey from gardening to becoming a fibre artist creating amazing creatures from a bunch of old rope.  

We talk about how the ocean has helped her mental health which is a powerful story and I am an avid believer in this.  The ocean and indeed nature connection are vital parts of our DNA and connecting with it is an essential part of our survival and that of the natural world.  

She tells me about getting on with her beach cleaning while her husband catches the surf.  How we need to connect with the waste that we produce and how beach cleaning has changed her diet and her whole life. 

 

We talk about the people who inspire her including Sylvia Earle and Cal Major who are also a huge inspiration to me.

I brought Caroline a big bag of old rope back from my paddle in Scotland after recording this episode and I for one will be avidly watching to see what she creates with it.

Find more about Caroline here:

Kittie Kipper Instagram

TedEx Talk

Postcards

 

Caroline mentions:

2 minute beach clean

Ghost Net Dress

https://www.instagram.com/woolymanda/