Recycling is fun says Tenerife raft adventurer

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GREEN-MINDED volunteers have set off on a 27-mile voyage in the Canary Islands using a kayak made of recycled plastic bottles.

A graphic designer from Rugby is among the crew taking part in the challenge to mark Climate Week 2012.

Bhavin Mistry said volunteers from the AWF (Atlantic Whale Foundation) made the kayak out of recycled plastic bottles for a Plastic Marathon.

He said: “Our aim is to raise the importance of recycling.

“Recycling doesn’t have to be dull or mundane – just ask yourself, ‘What else could I use this for?’

“We can find some creative ways to re-use so many products and containers.”

They were due to set on the marathon yesterday (Wednesday), weather and sea conditions permitting.

Bhavin is a graphic illustration designer with The AWF. He grew up in Rugby. In 2011, he completed his degree in graphic design and illustration. He first joined the AWF’s programme base in Tenerife, Canary Islands, in April 2010.

Bhavin has rejoined the AWF and now works with the graphic team making all promotional prints and awareness material for the AWF.

Every day, in far corners around the globe, AWF volunteers work to protect and preserve nature, species and communities facing destruction.

He said: “Through the AWF, I am able to get valuable experience within design; these designs are used to raise awareness for various projects, whilst been able to pursue my design practice.”

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