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Meet Katie Hardyment

Meet Katie Hardyment… a passionate environmentalist and sustainability advocate. Katie’s fascination with the great outdoors and understanding the interaction of people and their environment led her to follow a path into Geography.  This path would lead to a roll with an NGO, and it’s here that Katie developed her passion for understanding why things are like […]

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They inspire me on International women’s day 

Today we knew it was a long day on land and we didn’t forget to start with a big jump in the water as first thing! The first swim in the morning from the boat at 7.30am is always the best! After a big breakfast on board and 15 minutes drive we arrived at the […]

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Becoming a multiplier

Only 2 days ago our group of engaged woman met for the first time at the Rodney Bay harbor in St. Lucia to become part of an eager endeavour to study the impact of plastics on our oceans and our bodies, each of us with their personal motivation and background. It seems almost impossible that […]

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My first meeting of eXXpedition

I first heard about the eXXpedition through a friend of a friend’s blog about a month ago. An all women crew who are doing research on the plastic and the toxic in the ocean. How incredible cool isn’t that? Before I read up about the expedition and the mission, I thought I was doing a […]

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Whales, straws and plastic bags

Do you remember that plastic bag you saw dancing in the wind? Well, we just found it. Or, at least, part of a bag that looks just like it. We’re in St Lucia – that dreamy Caribbean island you’ll recognise from brochures selling the perfect white sand beach and crystal clear water. But, the thing […]

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Visit to Sustainable Barbados’ Recycling Center

On day 5 of #exxpeditioncaribbean2016, we were greeted by Suzanne and Greg at Sustainable Barbados’ Recycling Center to be guided on a tour of their facilities. The SBRC is a private company mandated by the government of Barbados to manage four categories of recyclables: Organic materials – coconut shells, shipping pallets, untreated wood products, leaves, […]

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An arms length away

”Oops, I just accidently bumped into your butt there!” Whitney and Caroline are standing on deck, arranging their stuff in the backpacks while trying not to fall overboard.  We are twelve women on a 72 foot boat, and bumping into one another is unavoidable. I constantly have an eXXpedition girl within reach when I stretch […]

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There is no magical place called away

After several days at sea, the crew of the Seadragon disembarked in Bridgetown, Barbados. Our sail from Trinidad was rough, and we were excited to stand on solid ground and to meet fellow environmentalists in Barbados. We had arranged two days of meetings with schools, universities, and Bajan environmental organizations to share concerns about marine […]

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Day 5 – Outreach in Barbados

As a kid, I was always happiest when I was playing outside in the dirt, the grass or the water. Nature was an escape, a place where I could go to read unbothered, but it was also a way of facilitating connection with playmates who, like me, also enjoyed driving their mothers crazy by coming […]

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