A singing celebration of our ocean

Students at Horfield School in our hometown of Bristol, are celebrating World Ocean Day with a bit of a twist. They’ll be singing their Song of the Sea in celebration of the ocean and are challenging schools across the country to learn the words and sing along with them in a bid to raise awareness of the issue of plastic pollution.

We first heard the song at the launch of the Polly Roger, Hubbub’s plastic fishing boat here in Bristol and knew we had to do something to help them in the quest to save our oceans.

The inspiration for Song of the Sea came when assistant headteacher Kirsten Cunningham attended a Science STEM summit with students and other schools from across Bristol and North Somerset. Here, the children spent a day learning about the ocean and the problems of plastic pollution and the team leading the STEM project challenged every school to make a difference.

“As we are passionate about Performing Arts, we decided that we’d make a difference through music and send a message as a song. We challenged our pupils to write poems about the ocean, the words from which inspired the lyrics for our song. Our aspiration is that as many schools as possible sing our song, to send its message as far as possible” – Claire Alsop, Horfield School

The song is suitable for whole-school singing, or with a smaller group such as a school choir. The resources are all contained in the description on the school’s YouTube, with a link to a free downloadable score, lyrics sheet and backing track. The video also has subtitled lyrics so children can sing along with the video.

We will be singing the #HorfieldSongoftheSea on June 7th, to mark World Oceans Day for Schools, and we hope you’ll join us!

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The Toilet Tour…… It’s Bog Standard!

This World Toilet Day we bared (almost) all and hit the streets of Essex to spread the word about our Bog Standard campaign!

Research has shown that more than 8.5% of plastics found on UK beaches comes from our toilets following sewer blockages. The flushed items causing mayhem in the sewer system primarily consist of ‘the Dirty Dozen’ – baby wipes, household cleaning wipes, facial wipes, bum wipes (all types of wipes!), tampons (yep they usually contain plastic), tampon applicators, cleansing pads, cigarettes, plasters, nappies, menstrual pads and cotton wool.

You may have seen in the news a couple of weeks ago that although many businesses label their wet wipes as ‘flushable’ – none of them actually adhere to the water companies flushable standards! Wet wipes alone make up 93% of matter causing sewer blockages and overflow… It’s time to change our secret flushing behaviour!

This is why on Sunday 18th and Monday 19th November we went on a 3 day #ToiletTour around Brentwood, Chelmsford and Cambridge to raise awareness about how we can all be part of the solution. To help keep our seas plastic-free, only flush paper, poo and pee!

It’s Bog Standard.

During the tour, our amazing volunteers and partners helped us put up Bog Standard stickers in the toilet cubicles of Brentwood Kitchen, Starbucks, Pret a Manger, The Works, Nandos, Zizzi’s, Giraffe, Slug & Lettuce, Turtle Bay, Wilkin & Co, Tiptree Tea Rooms, Chicken & Frog, Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Universities & both Cambridge and Brentwood Councils. We even got Cllr. Rosy Moore (Exec Cllr for Environmental Services in Cambridge) to sit on the bog with us!

Our founder, Natalie Fee said: “We’re facing an environmental crisis when it comes to plastic pollution, yet many people aren’t aware of just how many bathroom products contain plastic. We’re proud to be working with Anglian Water to raise awareness of a simple way that we can stop needless plastic pollution at source.”

A huge thank you to everyone that has supported this project so far – watch this space for a national campaign next year!

If you want to know how else you can help reduce plastic pollution from your bathroom check out our Bog Standard  and Plastic-Free Period campaigns.

The City to Sea team 💙

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