Jo Royle


Designing our way out of plastic seas

Jo has been questioning how the materials we produce and use daily impact the life of the sea. Plastic is the first man-made material that can’t be found in nature. And now we have pumped 8 billion tonnes into the sea, and nearly all of it is still there today – our geological legacy.

Jo Royle is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading female ocean yacht skippers. She’s one of the few sailors to have circumnavigated South Georgia in the Southern Ocean and through her extensive sailing experience, which has taken her as far north as Iceland and south to Antarctica, Jo has been able to witness first-hand the effects of global warming. Jo is passionate about inspiring business and individual responsibility to protect natural systems, and firmly believes that we hold the tools to ensure a healthy planet for future generations.

Jo co-designed and skippered the Plastiki, an expedition that showcased waste as a resource and the crisis of plastic marine pollution. She is still working out if skippering a vessel that floated on 12,000 reused plastic drinks bottles was an accolade or a demotion!

Biography published 2013

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