Sustainable thirst-quenching at the National Surf Life Saving Championships

24th August 2018
Sustainable thirst-quenching at the National Surf Life Saving Championships

Plastics in our oceans. It’s a salty subject (forgive the pun), and for very good reasons.  So, when a few hundred people descend onto Holywell Bay this week to surf and life save (yes, simultaneously), we thought we’d step in to help keep them hydrated.

Beach bins left full of single-use empties is not our style. More importantly, it’s not good enough.

Time for some sustainable thirst-quenching…

Looking out across the bay today you’ll see blue waters, fine sand and the iconic Gull Rocks breaching the horizon. Our two bespoke waterstations sit proudly on the beach. Water is freely dispensed to competitors, who fill up using their event-supplied reusable bottles.

The waterstations were designed and built by our Truro office. Sustainably sourced timber was cut and finished to a jagged silhouette – a design that echoes Gull Rocks in the distance.

But these aren’t just waterstations – recycling points are built-in for those few stray empties and solar powered charging points keep surfing lifesavers’ Instas rolling.

And in the spirit of us bashing the concept of ‘single-use’ we’ve secured a longer life for these stations. Once the Championships are over, the Surf Club will take them on board for storage and use at future events.

Carl Harding, a Senior Associate Architect in our Truro office, and fellow surfing lifesaver, said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting the Surf Life Saving Championships in this way. Surf Life Saving and sustainability have been passions of mine from a young age and providing these bespoke waterstations brings these together. I competed in the Masters event last weekend and it was great seeing the waterstations being used. The amount of plastic and other waste that has been diverted from landfill is quite staggering.”

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