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The Inspirational Woman Turning Plastic into Greetings Cards

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Londoner collects plastic from beaches she visits and transforms the wastes into special cards with an important message...

When Covid-19 hit the UK, Flora Blathwayt decided to utilise the extra time whilst on furlough from her role at a condiment company to focus on her hobbies.  It just so happens, though, that Flora’s favourite hobby raises an important message for the planet.

Flora uses uses microplastics to decorate greetings cards collected from various beach drives. She took part in her first beach cleaning event in 2019 at the River Thames and noticed enormous amounts of microplastic waste – classified as anything less that 5mm.



Calling her business ‘Washed Up Cards’, every piece of waste that Flora collects from the beach is used in a special design with meaning to her, which she then makes into a hand-drawn card, being sure to write the name of the place the piece was found on the back of the card.

Flora has also been able to qualify as a Thames 21 River Action Leader, and now runs her own beach cleans leading other people in cleaning beaches.

Check out Flora’s unique designs here!

Have you taken up a new hobby for the planet during lockdown? Or have you discovered a new way to resuse waste? Get in touch, we’d love to tell your story!

Posted by Claire Edwards 1 May 2021

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