A Dive Point day-boat heading home following a day's diving in the Red Sea
Dive Point, a recreational and technical diving centre based in Hurghada, Egypt has made a plastic pledge to coincide with this year’s Earth Day, by permanently reducing their onboard plastic waste.
Dive Point's new water drinking fountain contains 19 litres of water, ensuring that the guests don't use 31 small plastic bottles
In 1969 at a UNESCO conference John McConnell proposed that an annual day be put in place to support and promote environmental protection. The first ‘Earth Day’ was held on the first day of spring (in the northern hemisphere) on 21st March 1970. The date later moved to 22nd April.
“We are always looking at ways to recycle and we wanted to mark Earth Day in a positive manner”, stated Regina Rinkenburger, Dive Point’s Operation Manager. In some countries, such as Germany and Canada it is really easy to recycle. In Egypt it can be more challenging, therefore we need to be cleverer with our waste.
We have found that recycling plastic is not a simple process; hence we must put in place as many ways as we can to reduce our plastic use. This week we have installed 19 litre water fountains on our dive boats. Each fountain is the equivalent of 31 small plastic bottles of water. Guests are welcome to fill their water containers as many times as they like. These fountains have already made a huge difference to the amount of plastic waste coming off our boats.”
Ghost fishing meets Fourth Element thanks to the OceanPositive catalyst - from left to right Pascal van Erp, Rosemary E Lunn, Jim Standing @ 2016 Dusseldorf Boot Show
A small but historic meeting took place at this year's Dusseldorf's Boot Show.
After 'virtually' working together for several years, Pascal van Erp of Ghostfishing.org met with Jim Standing from Fourth Element on Tuesday 26th January 2016. The catalyst that initially brought them together in 2013, and then introduced them in real-life in 2016 was TUMC's Rosemary E Lunn (aka Roz).
"From a young age I had been brought up to recycle and respect the environment," stated Roz. "So when I heard Pascal talk at a European diving conference about the ghost fishing project, including how the recovered fishing gear is recycled into usable, knittable nylon, I was hooked. I instantly knew that this project would also jibe with Fourth Element's ethos. They are as engaged with the environment as I am - both our companies know how important it is to recycle, reuse and reduce.
As soon as I could, I briefed Jim Standing, knowing that he and Paul Strike had the vision and knowledge to create something rather lovely and useful, whilst closing the 'grave to cradle' circle. Little did I realise that one phone call would result in the genesis of OceanPositive.
Jim Standing and Dr Sylvia Earle
I was incredibly lucky to meet with Dr Sylvia Earle at the 2014 DEMA Show and talk to her about OceanPositive. When I was subsequently able to introduce her to Jim Standing and show her the OceanPositive range, it was a momentous moment because this clothing range is very close to my heart.
I spend my professional life putting people and businesses together. It is rather like doing a jigsaw puzzle, joining two seemingly random pieces together to make a proper picture. I can see a product, service or person and know who the matching right person is in the diving industry. I have found watching OceanPositive evolve and grow utterly fascinating. It was therefore very special introducing Pascal to Jim in person for the first time."