Newport Event on June 17th at Seamen’s Church Institute
JAMESTOWN, RI – June 10, 2013 – Today Packaging 2.0 President, Michael Brown, begins his 700-mile sailing journey from Bermuda to Newport. He will join the team of 5 Gyres, a non-profit organization that conducts research about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, on an expedition through the Sargasso Sea on board the 72-foot Sea Dragon. Their mission is to bring global awareness to the issue of plastic pollution in the marine environment. The team will be collecting data and plastic pollution from the ocean surface through trawls, and will analyze plastic density and type. Brown will be assisting in and sponsoring a trawl, which happens every 40-50 nautical miles around the clock as they head Northwestward to their final destination in Newport.
“Sailing with 5 Gyres is a rare opportunity and I’ll be gaining firsthand how marine plastic pollution manifests in our oceans,” said Brown. “There are solutions to curbing the flow of plastics in our world’s oceans, such as better packaging design and recycling education. I’m excited to assist the crew in the research on board the boat and then inspire solutions once we arrive in Newport.”
A plastic-free “Bring Your Own Cup” landing event will take place at Seamen’s Church Institute in Newport on June 17th, sponsored by Brown’s company, Packaging 2.0, in addition to Newport Storm, Surfrider Foundation, and A Market. From 6pm – 8pm, the Newport community is invited to meet the 5 Gyres crew, hear the stories of their adventures, and discuss how we as citizens can stop the plastic plague on our oceans.
The Sargasso Sea is located in the western portion of the North Atlantic Gyre, bound by the Gulf Stream and Canary Current (on the east side). Bermuda is the only land mass in the Sargasso Sea. You can follow the expedition through the 5 Gyres blog, which will highlight crewmembers throughout the voyage: http://5gyres.org/whats_happening_now/blog/.
About 5 Gyres
The 5 Gyres vision is to witness plastic pollution decline in the environment until it is no longer found in the world’s oceans. Their mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.
About Packaging 2.0, Inc.
Packaging 2.0, Inc. is located in Jamestown, RI and sells and markets thermoformed plastic packaging made primarily from recycled plastics. Started in 2002 to address the growing need for sustainable packaging solutions Packaging 2.0 provides front-end design services, manufacturing and delivery of innovative packaging products.