Even though this is an environmental cause, I am very much a people-ist! The oceans are so linked to our health and that is why we need to protect them. By 2050 scientists predict there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. We love swimming in playing in the ocean, yet we can no longer do this in some rivers. What if one day our kids couldn’t swim in the ocean? That’s the question I asked myself before undertaking this quest

Here’s a bit of my story in pictures, if you share similar values or just want to say hi please don’t hesitate to drop me an email on anna@plasticfreephilippines.com

2008 first came to the Philippines working as a civil engineer. Fell in love with the country but knew that work wise I needed to make some changes.

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2010 Volunteered for an organisation called Kiva doing Microfinance in Bohol, Philippines.

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2012 Fulfilled a dream with my husband to buy a yacht and get experience to sail offshore.

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2013-2014 The trip of a lifetime sailing between New Zealand and the Philippines stopping off in Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, – shocked at the plastic pollution issues in remote island communities and the ocean. Start to learn more about ocean plastic.

2015 Became a mum to a wee guy named Josh Dawson. I’ve always been keen on reducing consumption but becoming a mum makes me even more passionate about leaving behind a better world

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2016 The idea Plastic Free Philippines is conceived. I see this is the start of a long journey working towards reducing plastic in the Philippines. Please join me along the way, and get in touch at anna@plasticfreephilippines.com. I’d love to hear from you.