The eXXpedition voyage team is a diverse and international group of 24 women. Crew members will make daily trawls for plastics and pollutants, and collect data for a variety of global datasets and scientific studies during the voyage, which is endorsed by the UN Environment #CleanSeas initiative and Ocean Wise.
Emily Penn, co-founder of eXXpedition, said: “It’s a dream for us to welcome TOMRA as our Title Sponsor for the eXXpedition North Pacific voyage. For over 45 years they’ve made it their business to be innovative leaders in the resource revolution providing smart solutions for our planet’s resources. Like TOMRA, we believe that in order to move forward, we all need to rethink and rework how things have been in the past. We hope our voyage will inspire others to do just that. To be a platform for ambassadors to take forward projects tackling plastics and toxics, and raise the profile of the issues to create change at a personal and organisational level, and influence national and international policy makers.”
Kristine M. Berg, community manager and circular economy communicator at TOMRA, said: “TOMRA is dedicated to reducing plastic pollution on land and at sea, so eXXpedition’s goals to track the impact of ocean plastic and raise awareness of the environmental consequences of marine litter are very close to our hearts. We are excited to extend our contribution by coming on board as Title Sponsor for the North Pacific voyage and rolling up our sleeves to participate in the journey, to experience the scale of the issue first hand and help build urgency and understanding around the topic of marine litter. We are pleased to support the eXXpedition voyage and important research into marine litter, as well as helping to raise awareness of this important environmental issue.”
All costs of the expedition are covered by crew contributions and mission sponsors which include Title Sponsor: TOMRA plus Gold Sponsor: The Copernicus Marine Service and Silver Sponsors: Princess Yachts, Hawk Yachts, Iridium & Global Marine Networks plus Bronze Sponsors: Daedalus Yachts, Y.CO, Iridium and Finisterre - to date. Partnerships for the expedition include Parley for the Oceans, 11th Hour Racing, UN Environment & Clean Seas, Ocean Wise, Pangaea Explorations, Biodiversity Research Institute, Marine Debris Tracker & Another World Adventures.