Marine Plastic Recycled Kayak
Odyssey Innovations director Rob Thompson, had the honour of meeting Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, during The Ocean Plastics Awareness Day in July 2015. Here he signed a Statement of Intent, as a pledge to explore ways to develop a circular economy around marine plastic. Taking this responsibility seriously, Rob started to contemplate what he could create from marine plastic.
The eureka moment came after participating in a litter pick using kayaks, at the end with all participants stood around a great haul of bin bags to have their photo taken, he had an idea. The knowledge that these bin bags ended up in landfill had always played upon Rob's mind and it occurred to him that he could make the kayaks out the plastics gathered and then use these kayaks to gather more plastic.
It took a further two years of research and development for Rob to find a way of recycling the marine plastic into a material suitable for kayak manufacturing. During this time he formed partnerships with Keep Britain Tidy, to assist in recycling beach plastic and Plastix to recycle fishing nets. In January 2018 he approached Palm Equipment, a UK based leading kayak manufacturer, with a recycled material suitable for roto moulding. Within a matter of days, the worlds first prototype marine plastic recycled kayak was produced. Several prototype kayaks were created of varying styles, which are currently being used for campaigns throughout Europe to retrieve and raise awareness about marine plastic.
The ocean plastic recycled kayak project was highly commended in the category of Tomorrows Contribution to Sustainability at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards ceremony in December 2017. It also received in 2018 the highly commended award for the Best Contribution to a More Sustainable Tomorrow through Innovation.
Through our partnership with Palm Equipment we received Paddle Expo Special Jury Prize.
The Kayaks have also been shortlisted in the finals of the World Paddle Awards.
Rob has recently become one of five volunteers to receive the Prime Ministers Points of Light award to mark World Oceans Day on Friday 8 June 2018, recognising their work to support ocean conservation.
In a personal letter to Rob, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“You have shown remarkable ingenuity in developing a model which will not only collect discarded plastic from the sea, but recycle it so it can be used to collect more debris. Your pioneering work is preserving our seas for future generations.”
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