Marita Schmid’s Journey Sponsored by Mondi : Austrian Additions to All-Female eXXpedition Study into Plastic Waste in the Oceans

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© eXXpedition / Jen Russell - North Pacific 2018 Hawaii to Vancouver.

The first two Austrians to join eXXpedition Round the World voyage, which set sail from Plymouth, UK on 8 October, 2019 to travel through some of the most important and diverse marine environments on the planet in over 30 voyage legs, are due on-board soon.

The voyage will include crossing four of the five oceanic gyres, where ocean plastic is known to accumulate, and the Arctic.

Leg 2 will be the first time two Austrians take part. Marita Schmid is a sustainability expert at packaging and paper solutions firm, Mondi. She will be joining a crew of 13 other women to research and highlight the impact of plastic pollution on the ocean.

The 14-woman crew will travel from the Azores to Antigua through the North Atlantic Gyre on the on board the S.V. TravelEdge, a 73 ft expedition sailing vessel and floating research lab from 27 October to 18 November, 2019.

Schmid, an experienced and passionate sailor who co-runs the Austrian Laserclass, will be one of two first Austrians to join the voyage. “I am excited to research the impact that single-use plastic has on our oceans, and share this knowledge with the packaging industry, where we are working towards making packaging more sustainable as part of a circular economy” she explained.

Mondi is sponsoring Schmid’s participation during the eXXpedition Round the World Leg 2 from the Azores to Antigua.

“We are pleased to support Marita in her expedition as this aligns with our view that packaging should be sustainable by design along the entire value chain by following three actions; reduce, replace, and recycle,” commented Graeme Smith, Sustainability Manager of Mondi’s flexible packaging business.

eXXpedition is a Community Interest Company and not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014. This expedition is part of a two-year journey, where over 300 women will, in over 30 voyage legs, cover more than 38,000 nautical miles. The organisation partners with internationally recognised ocean plastic experts to carry out plastics-related citizen science in cooperation with the University of Georgia in the US and the University of Plymouth in the UK.

You can follow the journey of eXXpedition here and Schmid’s personal Instagram here.

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