Building supplies distributor backs marines’ Atlantic row to fight ocean plastic

Published:  30 July, 2019

Resapol has lent its support for a team of Royal Marines Commandos in their daring bid to row across the Atlantic.

The chemical supplier, which has eight depots across the UK, is supporting the team of four current and former servicemen who are rowing from Brooklyn Bridge in New York City to Tower Bridge in London to raise awareness of plastics in our oceans.

Two of the Ocean Revival 2020 Team - Dom Rogers and Matt Mason - brought their ocean rowing boat to Resapol’s Lancashire Headquarters recently, as they continue to train for what has been called the world’s most dangerous row.

Resapol’s support for the row is part of the businesses’ ongoing commitment to sustainability which has seen them reduce the amount of office-based waste they send to landfill by more than 88% in the last year.

Sean Ofsarnie, Director and Co-founder of Resapol, said: “We are 100% behind the Ocean Revival team and the huge challenge they are taking on.

“Their commitment to the fight against plastics in the ocean fits really well with our own efforts to make our business and wider supply chain more sustainable, so it makes perfect sense for us to offer the team our backing.”

Resapol has made the significant improvement in its recycling by stepping up separation of waste within its eight depot locations across the UK.

Ofsarnie, who has taken part in triathlons and ultra-marathons around the globe continues: “I’ve been fortunate enough to see some of the most beautiful places in the world whilst taking on my own fitness challenges. For me, those experiences have really confirmed that even our small decisions and choices about what we consume and what we throw away have an impact – sometimes a long way away from home.

“As a result, we’ve really focused our efforts on reducing unnecessary landfill at Resapol, and have been delighted with the huge difference we’ve been able to make over a short period of time, by making simple but important changes to our behaviour.”

The Ocean Revival Team will row 3,700 miles across the North Atlantic Ocean - a feat that only 57 people in history have achieved. The crossing has been attempted a total of 72 times, with 29 successes, over 43 failures and has sadly taken six ocean rowers’ lives. No one has ever rowed from New York to London and the Ocean Revival 2020 team aims to be the first. They will also be raising money for the Royal Marines Charity.

Matt Mason, Ocean’s Revival 2020 crew member and a serving Royal Marine Commando said: “Resapol’s backing for the team is a fantastic boost and they are playing a really important part in making this row possible.

“It’s important for us to partner with organisations that share our concerns about plastic in the seas and who are taking their own steps to be greener so it’s brilliant to be working with Resapol.”

The Ocean Revival team is due to set sail from New York in May 2020. For more information about Resapol visit resapol.com and for further details of the Ocean Revival 2020 row go to oceanrevival2020.com/ .

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