35 million plastic bottles are sold in the UK each day. Around half are recycled, with the balance ending up in landfill or in our Ocean. The number of plastic bottles washed up on UK beaches increased 43% in 2015, and you may have seen predictions that we’ll have more plastic in our Oceans than fish by 2050.
Does it have to be this way? Perhaps not. There has been a sharp increase in interest in the health of the Oceans from media, business and a remarkable new generation of Ocean entrepreneurs. On March 6th we asked if Ocean plastics is the next big environmental issue for business, and mapped out the solutions.
After a keynote from ocean scientist Dr Heather Koldewey on the scale of the problem, we turned to the solutions. We heard from Fiona Ball on why Sky has launched its Ocean Rescue campaign, Tom Domen on how Ecover is making bottles from ocean plastics, and Selfridges’ Daniella Vega on how consumers will give up plastic bottles more easily than one might think.
Catherine Cameron moderated a discussion of issues such as;
Heather started working for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in 1995, initially as a postdoctoral research scientist, then as curator of the ZSL London Zoo Aquarium and currently as Head of Marine and Freshwater Conservation. Heather is an Associate Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter, Cornwall campus.Heather finds solutions through interdisciplinary research and conservation action at the interface between communities and environment. Examples include a) co-founding Project Seahorse www.projectseahorse.org, which is recognised as the world’s leading authority on seahorses; b) developing Net-Works, an award-winning project that has developed a novel community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets that are recycled into carpet tiles (with Interface Inc. www.net-works.com) addressing issues of marine debris and poverty alleviation in coastal communities, c) Project Ocean - retail activism in action, a partnership between the luxury London department store Selfridges and ZSL to bring ocean conservation to new audiences and change consumer buying habits http://www.selfridges.com/content/project-ocean and d) One Less, a campaign to build a more ocean-friendly society through working to make London the first capital city to stop using single-use plastic bottles www.zsl.org/oneless. Heather spends any free time enjoying Cornwall with her family, especially kitesurfing and paddleboarding.
As Director of Sustainability at Selfridges, Daniella Vega created the high-end department-store chain's sustainability strategy, Buying Better, Inspiring Change, and continues to head its implementation. Under Vega's leadership, Selfridges became the first department store to be awarded the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for reducing energy and water use and for improving waste management. She led the award-winning initiative Project Ocean, which saw Selfridges ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in an effort to tackle marine plastic pollution, and in 2016, Selfridges were awarded the ‘World’s best sustainability campaign by a department store’, an award voted on by over 7,000 industry peers. Vega was previously Head of Corporate Responsibility at Sky and holds a master's degree in sustainability and responsibility.
Fiona leads the Group’s work on the environment (from reducing the company’s impact on the environment to ensuring its product and services are sustainable), child safety, access services, responsible sourcing and human rights. Alongside this, she was responsible for Sky Rainforest Rescue, Sky’s six year campaign and partnership with WWF to inspire customers to get involved and help save one billion trees in the Amazon Rainforest and is responsible for Sky’s new initiative Sky Ocean Rescue to inspire customers to take action to protect our oceans. Fiona is also responsible for stakeholder engagement and reporting the company’s sustainability performance and strategy. Fiona spearheads the company’s environment strategy and leadership position on climate change resulting in Sky being the first carbon neutral media company and being recognised in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Climate A List.
Tom Domen graduated in 1996 with a Master in Industrial Design. In 2007, he completed a Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Brussels. With his MA on Sustainable Technology for Eastern Africa, he received the yearly Award for Innovative Technology from the Chamber of Engineers.He started working for Philips in packaging innovation after which he worked for 5 years as a marketing and communication specialist at Panasonic. Tom has been working for Ecover/Method for 10 years, where he is responsible for the long term innovation strategy and sustainability for the different categories of Ecover/Method products (laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, home care and personal care). Getting inspiration out of biomimicry and system thinking, he has been laying out an ambitious roadmap for the company to inspire transformative change towards a restorative business model.
|MD/Founder||375 Creative Limited|
|Activist||A Plastic Planet|
|Finance and Sustainability||Adnams|
|Head of Sustainability||Anglian Water|
|Artist||Arts Maria Arceo|
|Green Finance Initiative||BEIS|
|General Manager||Bouygues Energies & Services|
|Head of UK Press Office||Bupa|
|Commercial Manager – Strategic Partnerships||Current, powered by GE|
|Global Procurement Director PET, Corrugate & Innovation||Diageo|
|Principal Consultant, Sustainability & Innovation||DNV GL|
|Senior Development Manager||Earthwatch Institute|
|Head of European PR||Ecover|
|CEO||Edmund Hillary Fellowship|
|Schmidt MacArthur Fellow||Ellen MacArthur Foundation|
|Director, External Affairs||Estee Lauder Companies UK & Ireland|
|HOD Staging||Fisher Productions|
|Director of Programmes||Forum for the Future|
|Charity Engagement Executive||GivingForce|
|Internal Sustainability Executive||Grant Thornton UK LLP|
|Group Sustainability Manager||Grosvenor Group|
|Director||J. Tattersfield Ltd.|
|Project Manager Plan A Food||M&S|
|Senior Packaging Technologist||M&S|
|Assistant Brand Manager||Marks & Spencer|
|Sustainability Manager||Marylebone Cricket Club|
|SRI analyst||Morgan Stanley|
|Principal Marine Environmental Scientist||Mott MacDonald|
|Corporate Press Manager||Novozymes|
|Group Energy Manager||Nuffield Health|
|Senior Manager, Product Design and Innovation||PepsiCo|
|Brand Sustainability and Packaging Design Consultant||Root Innovation|
|Social Performance Adviser||Shell|
|Responsible Business Manager||Sky|
|Head of Responsible Business||Sky plc|
|Project Manager/ Circular Economy Lead||Sustainable Ventures|
|Head of Sustainability||Thames Tideway Tunnel|
|Managing Director||The Healthy Work Company|
|Head of Environmental Practices||The National Trust|
|Environment Editor||The Times|
|Head of Global Programmes||Thomson Reuters Foundation|
|Sustainability Marketing and Communications Manager||TUI Travel|
|I&A Manager, Sustainability||Unilever|
|VP Finance Marketing and Sustainability||Unilever|
|Assistant Reporting Manager||Unilever|
|Sustainability & CSR Manager||Vacherin|
|Head of Policy, Strategy and Compliance||Verco|
|Project Manager Carbon Productivity||Volans|
|Head of Business Development and Sustainability Partnerships||Volvo Ocean Race|