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National Geographic Plastic Free Expedition

Emma Heywood

National Geographic Plastic: Source to Sea Expedition.

We were thrilled when @EllieWorldwide contacted us back in May to tell us all about an expedition to India lead by a team of eco-concious female explorers!

Ellie Mackay is a member of an all-female National Geographic research expedition currently in India for a two month expedition from Sea-to-Source along the entire length of the Ganges. Their hugely important research will involve measuring the scale and impacts of plastic pollution along the route and working with local communities to educate, discuss and promote reduction initiatives and cleaning efforts. 

Plastic pollution

Image courtesy of National Geographic 

They will then be returning for a second major expedition after the monsoon in October/November to compare the effects of the monsoon season to monitor changes.

The expedition is the first all-female led team, the first end-to-end comprehensive survey of the Ganges for plastics, the first multi-disciplinary approach to community liaison along the wayand the first use of aerial imagery in the assessment of plastic pollution. Ellie is in fact the Drone Team Pilot!

The team are also hoping to make it NatGeo's first plastic-waste-free expedition! So when they asked us whether we could supply some of our plastic free shampoo and body wash Kubes, we said a very loud YES!

We were delighted to be asked and proud that our products would be helping the team to keep clean and refreshed under the hot Indian sun, while helping them keep to their plastic-free goal. we sent them our palm oil free Unisex shampoo and body wash for normal hair. The fresh and citrusy scents of lemongrass and bergamot can really help revive the mind and help to make you fee refreshed.

 

They have sourced other plastic-free items for their expedition kits such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, suncream, deodorant and bug spray.

Ellie herself has been following a plastic free lifestyle for several years and has worked very hard to research the best plastic-free products for the team to use.

 We are so excited to follow this group of inspirational ladies, you can follow them here: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/plastic/

We wish them a huge amount of luck and look forward to reading the results of the expedition which will be hugely important and informative.

 

 

 

 


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