There’s a new Kickstarter Fundraiser in Bude, which is all about helping our oceans. Started by Cleaner Seas Group, founded by environmentalists Dave Miller and Avril Sainsbury and technologist/entrepreneurs, James Sirmon, Heather Sirmon and Graham Skelton, their ambition is to remove microplastics from our environment in what is potentially a really simple way we can all use.
One of their concerns was that while it was relatively easy to remove the larger macro plastic pollution, the tiny microplastics are a much more difficult problem to solve. For example, up to 700,000 plastic microfibres are released into our water system every time we wash our clothes. They are not captured at the water treatment works, so microfibres end up on our fields, in our waterways and in our oceans; they get eaten by plankton, fish, and then people.
So Dave challenged his friend inventor James Sirmon to invent a filter to tackle the problem … The details are all in the link (there’s also a video). Avril says: We’re really proud to be developing a washing machine filter in Bude to tackle this, an idea that has come from raising awareness, beach cleaning campaigning and lobbying about plastic pollution in our oceans.
Indikon-1 is a solution to that problem. An easy to install retro-fit filter that will fit any washing machine. Zero power needed, it works on pressure from the wash and it won’t block up. It’s currently at the prototype stage, hence the fundraising challenge to make it happen. Once again, Bude takes a lead in the fight against pollution, but it needs your help to move forward.
Refill Shop Bude is happy to be backing this project, too. They would also like to invite you all to either pledge individually OR benefit from a discount on your own Indikon-1 filter – and here’s how:
If we gather a group of 20 people each contributing £66, donors get an Indikon-1 filter (27% discount on rrp), we give this inspiring lot another big boost to help them get off the ground AND we each save around 700,000 microfibres being released into the sea with EVERY wash.