We have been a little quiet, so wanted to give everyone a full update.
Firstly any outstanding books/prints/journals will be fulfilled in the next month, really appreciate the support with these, and they haven’t been without issues on production or delivery, but they will all be completed within the next month.
Our film will also be released online, firstly to the people who backed the project via a private link and then more widely. Thankyou to everyone who came and watched it, it was great to meet so many of you.
As for the project as a whole, well we have decided to focus on delivering resources to schools and organisations that would like to use them. We have an incredible archive which is freely available globally, and we’re very proud that it has now been used by around four million students. The great thing about this is not only does it reach future generations, but we can also run this now with no cost, thus we no longer need to seek sponsorships, look for donations etc. It’s a point that we have always wanted to reach.
We also believe that being a campaign that raises awareness is almost redundant, and there are much bigger campaigns doing the same thing far more effectively. When we started we had a unique voice, and that is not so much the case now, and realistically the emphasis is about doing things now not telling everyone.
With that in mind we are going to keep updating this page, and we will be using it to keep people posted on the educational side of things, but also to promote people who are actually making a difference from refill and plastic free shops to wetsuits without oil, that way we can use our audience to promote people doing something about it because at the end of the day that is where real change will come from.
Socially because no one works full time here, or for any form of payment, the size of the communities was a little overwhelming, and we simply could not respond to every message all of which were interesting, we have put them to dormant mode, we are looking at ways to use them positively in the same way we are with this page with businesses.
Finally we will release a full financial statement around the project, just to put a full stop on this section of things. The whole project over five years has cost about £50k of which 15% has come from product sales and donations, 30% from sponsorship and the remaining 55% from our own pockets.
We’re very proud of the impact the project has had, especially in the early days when there was little press on the subject, and we are incredibly grateful for all of the support, and our final focus for this first phase is to complete all outstanding orders etc.