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      Surfers Against Sewage

      Surfers Against Sewage

      We’ve made another donation as part of our membership of 1% for the Planet, this time to the charity Surfers Against Sewage.

      Starting out as a small community of Cornish surfers, this grassroots movement’s initial aim was to improve water quality in a sea polluted with raw sewage. This turned into a nationwide campaign resulting in the UK benefitting from some of the cleanest beaches in Europe.

      Whilst pursuing their fight for safe waters and continually monitoring sewage spills on beaches around the UK, the charity has also taken on one of the biggest challenges facing our generation: plastic. They say ‘plastic is the new sewage as it is now the biggest threat to our beaches, our precious marine eco-system and our happiness’. Surfers Against Sewage approaches this by working with communities to prevent single-use plastic, promote recycling and organise thousands of beach cleans.

      Plastic is a problem increasingly on our minds here at James Ellis. We’ve been trying to cut back on single-use plastic by adopting alternative packaging and altering our designs. Last September we launched our new Paper Shakies range, reinventing our classic Shakies card to be 100% recyclable and plastic-free.

      To find out more about Surfers Against Sewage, and get involved with their crucial work, please visit their website here.

      Avon Needs Trees



      As part of our commitment to 1% for the Planet, we have made a donation to Avon Needs Trees, a charity set up to buy and reforest land in the Bristol-Avon catchment area.  Our donation will help fund the purchase of 34 beautiful acres at Hazeland between Chippenham and Calne. Hazeland is a fragment of the ancient forest of Pewsham and crucially the land is close to Spye Park on the Bowood Estate. Spye Park is an important site for breeding woodland birds such as the buzzard, redstart, nightingale and tree pipet. Buying Hazeland gives Avon Needs Trees the opportunity to offer new and improved habitat to these endangered birds – as well as to several species of protected bat and woodland butterfly.

      Planting more trees in the River Avon high catchment area, of which Hazeland is a part, not only helps protect nearby towns from flooding but will also help stop excess water entering rivers, thus protecting towns and cities further downstream.