Kitesurfing festival ditches plastic to protect our oceans
An event which attracted thousands of people to Hayling Island last month has made its mark on the growing battle against plastic waste.
The Kitesurfing Armada Festival, which takes place on the island every summer, joined the Final Straw Solent campaign in an aim to make the area plastic free.
Kitesurfers who use seas across the world are passionate about ensuring ocean littered with plastics is something that is prevented.
Event organisers agreed to tackle the plastic crisis head on by endorsing the south coasts mission of reducing, and hopefully eliminating single use plastics.
Dan Charlish, spokesperson at Armada Events, says there is a focus on offering an environmentally friendly festival.
He said: “'We have learnt a lot over the last year about running an environmentally friendly festival, and I think we are making progress.
“We didn’t know how much of a challenge it would be at the outset, or the costs involved, but we were committed to making it work.
“Even the event rash vest worn by every kitesurfer is being made from 100 per cent recycled plastic and ocean waste.
“It feels great to know that as well as reducing our single use plastic use, we can also take plastic back out of the ocean and reuse it in this way. That’s a big win.”
Read more about the Kitesurfing Armada Festival at: www.armadaevents.co.uk