Plastic Free Pledge Founders Won a P.E.A Award!

Sometimes you look back over a week and wonder how you will ever top it. They do not come around very often, but they are the glorious weeks where everything falls into place, all the gambles pay off and everyone seems to be giving you the equivalent of the Paul Hollywood Bake Off Handshake of a job well done. Last week was one of these weeks. Not only were we officially announced as one of Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes, we appeared on BBC Radio Sussex talking about Plastic Free Pledge and then, on Friday 13th October, we won the PEA Award (People Environment Achievement) for our marine litter re-design work and PFP campaign. We were pretty shocked.

The night was fantastic – a Day of The Dead themed party in Cornhill Banking Hall, London, we were truly honoured to be amongst a room of brilliantly inspirational people working in all reaches of the environmental sector.

After an opening reception of Juniper Green Gin cocktails, a three course vegetarian meal followed – with the awards, hosted by the fabulous Oliver Heath… It is lucky that we were the first award to be announced, as we were very nervous, despite being convinced that we were not going to win!

We can barely remember getting up on stage to collect the award – a stunning skull decorated with reclaimed and recycled elements, enclosed under a clear dome by jeweller Katie Weiner, and the next hour of the ceremony passed like an absolute flash.

So many wonderful people came up to congratulate us on the award too, which was really humbling. We do what we do because we deeply feel that it is the right thing to do – and to be recognised for this is just incredible.

THANK YOU to all the judges who selected us as the winners, to the fantastic sponsors of the night, our fellow category nominees and all of the people in attendance – it was so brilliant to meet you all and hear your stories too. We hope our paths cross again one day…

Jake Arney