Pro-surfer Lucy Campbell on rescuing the oceans

As she swam out into the ocean to catch a wave, the hand of pro-surfer Lucy Campbell hit something very familiar.

Then it happened again. And again. And again.

“Every blow I made, my hand would be full of soft plastic,” recalls the 26-year-old from his trip to Africa a few years ago. – Bottles, bags, wrappers. It makes your heart sink. ‘

It wasn’t the first time Lucy in Cornwall had seen the scale of the problem – spending her life in the ocean made her acutely aware of the damage we were doing to our planet.

Lucy Campbell, 26, is a British surfing champion who is working with NIVEA to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution around the world.

And that’s why she signed up to become NIVEA’s ambassador for sustainability so that she can raise awareness of the crisis.

British women’s surfing champion Lucy explains: “I go to the ocean every day and that’s when you notice changes and differences over time.

‘When I started surfing at the age of nine or ten, plastic was all around – I remember cans of paint floating past me and I think it’s weird. But it has certainly become more noticeable in the past six to eight years.

‘I see all kinds. Depends on where you are. In Cornwall, plastic bottles are common as are small pieces of plastic that have been broken and washed. And nurdles. ‘

Nurdles are tiny, slow-growing pieces of plastic that should continue to be melted down and turned into objects we recognize. But as they are transported around the world, many are spilled and enter our waterways, where they are eaten by marine wildlife, which confuses them with food.

“They’re washed away by ships and they’re everywhere,” Lucy says. ‘If you visit a beach, you’ll see them on the tide – unfortunately they’re easy to find.’

Lucy says the problem of plastic in our oceans is so widespread that it makes her feel hopeless

Lucy says the problem of plastic in our oceans is so widespread that it makes her feel hopeless

It’s a problem all over the world, as Lucy testified. – You see what you think is a perfect island, but it’s knee-deep in plastic. The tidal line is covered with debris and wildlife is trying to live between it.

– It stays with you, you feel helpless – you can’t take a bin and fill it, because one bag won’t even break in it.

‘Seeing it every day made me passionate about telling people what I see.’

LITTLE CHANGES – GREAT EFFECT

Oceans are essential for the future of our planet because they supply half of the oxygen we breathe and absorb nearly a third of our carbon emissions.

However, they are suffocated by plastic pollution. Every year between nine and 14 million tons of things enter our waters, reducing their ability to help us fight climate change and threatening 40pc of marine mammals with extinction.

That’s why British skin care company No. 1 NIVEA has committed to a “Plastic Pledge” to introduce a 100-pc refillable, reusable or recyclable package by 2025.

And, as less than half of British adults recycle bathrooms, they’ve put together a lot of simple, inexpensive tips to help us all make our bathroom routines greener.

‘We want to help, but it’s scary and overwhelming,’ says Lucy. ‘However, the changes we can make are quite small – it doesn’t take much time to remember to wash a bottle and put it in the recycling bin. And why not have recycling in your bathroom?

– When I’m home, I reuse things, come to the refill shop where I can and recycle. I looked at where my main plastic use was and switched to shampoo bars and face wash bars to cut out the plastic.

‘One of the biggest changes was using things before I bought new products. It’s easy to see a new face cream and think, ‘I want to slather that on my face,’ but now I’m wearing what I have before trying something new. ‘

ABOUT THE PLASTIC PROMISE

With their Plastic Pledge, NIVEA has tried to do a lot of hard work for its customers.

‘From the products I’ve seen, I’m really impressed,’ says Lucy, whose next surfing challenge is the World Qualifying Series in July. – They went back to the drawing board and did so much research on new products.

“Most of their bottles – things like shower gel – are 97-pc post-consumer plastic, which means people put bottles in the recycling bin, it makes new bottles, which is incredible.

Lucy says we can all do our piece by recycling not only in the kitchen but also in the bathroom

Lucy says we can all do our piece by recycling not only in the kitchen but also in the bathroom

‘They have a refillable handkerchief that comes with tablets – you fill it with water, lock in the tablet and it turns into soap. There is no plastic in the package, it is reusable and will last for years.

‘They made it affordable and doable – that’s what we all need. They prove they can do it and leave no room for excuses from other brands. ‘

She wants everyone on board to reduce the plastic threat in our seas.

“If everyone takes a step further, we are one step closer to saving our oceans,” she says.

PRODUCTS, AND ABOUT YOU … AND THE PLANET

NIVEA knows that to have healthy skin we need a healthy environment. That’s why they are committed to producing climate-conscious products with a reduced carbon footprint.

Here’s a couple we love!

Ecorefill Mana Sapo

Loved by Lucy Campbell, this eco-friendly handkerchief comes in three beautiful scents: lemon grass, cotton blossom and hibiscus and honeysuckle.

The bottle is made from recycled material, as is the packaging (which can also be recycled) while the soap is dermatologically approved, biodegradable and made from naturally derived ingredients.

After you’ve finished the bottle, just fill it with hot water, add the refill tab that comes with it, shake for 30 seconds and – hey – you’re ready to go again.

And you can still buy tabs for an environmentally friendly way to wash your hands.

NIVEA’s eco-filling handkerchief comes in three delicious scents, and also looks good.

NIVEA’s eco-filling handkerchief comes in three delicious scents, and also looks good.

MagicBAR

Plastic-free, vegan and made from 99-pc natural products, this is the first in the NIVEA range to achieve the Ecocert® Cosmos Natural certification, which guarantees environmentally friendly production.

Choose from the Radiance Cleansing Bar with rose extract and vitamin E for natural glow, the Refreshing Facial Cleansing Bar with almond oil and blueberry for rejuvenated skin, or the Exfoliating Facial Scrub with activated charcoal for deep cleansing, knowing that you help protect. our planet.

The NIVEA WonderBAR contains rose extract and vitamin E for natural glow

The NIVEA WonderBAR contains rose extract and vitamin E for natural glow

* For tips on simple and inexpensive ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle bathroom plastic, go to nivea.co.uk/sustainability #reduction of plastic pollution

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