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We want a world free from single-use toxic plastics for everyone, everywhere by 2030!

We'll use every signature we collect to make sure world leaders 'Make Waves' about hazardous plastics.

Alternatively, find us at Glastonbury Festival 2017!

Have you got the bottle for Shambala?

Raw Foundation has teamed up with Shambala Festival and Frank Water to produce a reusable, 100% 750ml stainless steel water bottle.


At this year’s Shambala Festival, Raw Foundation has teamed up with Shambala and Frank Water to reduce the amount of single-use plastic used and brought onto the festival site.

As part of their campaign, Raw Foundation is ‘Making Waves’ again at this year’s Shambala festival to create a hullabaloo about the true extent of plastic pollution and its impacts! A dynamic art exhibition and jam-packed timetable of activities and workshops for kids and adults will provide an opportunity to connect festival-goers to this critical global issue.

We hope to raise awareness, inspire action and creative rebellion to reduce plastic consumption. So, if you are a festival-goer interested in a plastic free future (or indeed keen to reduce festival waste) join us and GET INVOLVED!

Raw Foundation and Shambala

As part of the campaign with Raw Foundation to encourage event and festival organisers to reduce plastics at their events, Shambala are leading the way to reduce the amount of single-use plastic on site and encourage Festival-goers to bring their own reusable water bottles or buy a stainless steel bottle instead of buying bottled water.

They cause an enormous amount of needless waste, especially as the Festival provides free tap water across the site. You can fill your bottle for free at any of their drinking water taps.

Every piece of plastic ever made still exists somewhere and the effects these types of plastics have on the environment are huge – with an estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic currently littering our earth and oceans.

We hope you’ll join us, to help make Shambala 2014 as plastic-free as possible – and save yourself a few quid on bottled water in the process!

Raw Foundation and Frank Water

As well as filling your water bottle from any of the drinking water taps on site, you will be able to pick up a reusable bottle and refill it for free with unlimited chilled water from one of their fixed refill stations or mobile units.

Here, you can also learn more about the charity’s incredible work to provide clean water in rural India.

They will also be reminding festival-goers how lucky we are to have taps and safe water sources in the UK – so rather than buying plastic bottles that will ruin the site, buy a reusable bottle and drink fresh tap water all festival!

For more information about the work of Frank Water, visit www.frankwater.com

Our Raw truth message

Raw Foundation will be raising awareness about the hidden consequences of plastic pollution and its impacts and focusing on simple solutions which we hope will change thinking and behaviour about plastic.

Our Plastic-Free Festival-Goers Guide will cover everything from the stark reality about plastics to festival-specific advice and tips. The guide aims to give individuals a single source reference to the things they also need to take into consideration to reduce their plastic footprint in a wider context, but without being prescriptive.

We’re hoping to encourage people to avoid single use plastics, carry a reusable bottle with them, and not rely on buying plastic water bottles each time they want to drink!

Sign the Making Waves Petition

Come and find us at the festival and sign our petition, to amplify the ‘message’ for whole sector change and call on world leaders to put an end to single use toxic plastics.

It’s time to Make Waves

We’ll use every signature we collect at Shambala to make sure world leaders Make Waves about hazardous (or toxic) plastics at the UN General Assembly, and prove that a world free from single use plastic for everyone, everywhere by 2030 isn't just a pipe dream!

Where to find us at Shambala 2014

  • Visit us at the Frank Water stand. Enjoy a free glass of water, get a free Raw wristband and sign our petition, calling on world leaders to put an end to single use toxic plastics.

  • Pick up a Shambala festival water bottle. Cut down on the plastic with one of our brilliant reusable bottles.

  • Pick up a free Plastic-Free Festival-Goers Guide. Learn about the true extent of plastic pollution and its impacts and focus on the solutions.

  • Drop in to one of our workshops to find out more, share our experience and passion and help us create more mayhem than ever!

  • Tweet your support. Just use #makingwaves to spread the word.

For those of you who don’t yet have a reusable water bottle, our reusable 100% stainless steel 750 ml water bottles are priced at £10 and are a not-for-profit initiative.

You can purchase a bottle during the festival from the Frank Water stand on site.

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Raw Heroes

Raw foundation are incredibly grateful to have been blessed with an abundance of amazing supporters, who over the years have helped to not only raise vital funds, but educate, engage and inspire others into #MakingWaves.

Every run, every gift, every act of love is hugely appreciated and Raw would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has contributed, you truly are #RAWHeroes.

In a world facing radical change, together we can make a difference for all – and your donation, no matter how large or small, will enable us to continue developing our work.

Below you can read about some of the inspiring stories from our supporters and how they have helped to shape the future of Raw. We would like to encourage anyone and everyone who would like to take part in a sponsored event for the foundation to get involved.

However, there are many ways that you can support the work we are carrying out, whether it is a generous donation, taking part in a sponsored event, buying our sustainable merchandise, sacrificing a few pounds a month or simply signing our petition – it all makes a significant difference – Be a hero and help today.

Please click here to be redirected to the Raw Foundation Just Giving Page.


Inspiring Stories

Pete’s close shave: A big mistake for a valuable reward

Over the years we have had lots of different and challenging fundraising events, however Pete’s brave challenge stands out for a number of reasons – most notably because he bravely/stupidly/generously volunteered to shed some weight and perhaps a little skin when he took part in his sponsored chest wax in aid of Raw.

Pete and his chief fundraiser, Sarah Cowley set the ambitious target of reaching £1000 before the ‘big day’. It soon became apparent that there were plenty of Pete’s friends willing to pay handsomely to see him put through the pain.

Thanks to Sarah and her team’s phenomenal fundraising efforts, the £1000 target was exceeded two days before the deadline.

The money raised from this valiant effort was placed towards rolling out the student-led campaign in universities across the South of England. This included identifying, training and supporting student leaders to amplify critical information about the hidden consequences of our everyday plastic purchases as well as inspire them to run their own #MakingWaves campaign and conceive sustainable solutions to reduce plastic consumption on campus and in their local community.


Scotland by bike and boot

A determined team including Aimee Watson, Sukey Fenwick, Hatty Allen, Barney Guiton & Blanka Hay completed a 73-mile cycle challenge along Scotland’s Great Glen from Inverness to Fort William in the first of a series of Raw endurance events.

Despite three stitches in Aimee’s foot, some strong head winds and torrential rain for the final leg up Ben Nevis – they all made it in what can be regarded as a tremendously respectable time.

The money that the team raised was used to develop the free online learning materials for schools, colleges and universities as well as providing a range of educational outreach programmes.


Sam saddles up for the Jurassic Beast

Sam Nicholson, a student of Stanchester Academy together with close family friend James Lawrence-Parr took on and completed the Wiggle Jurassic Beast Cycle Sportive 2012 for Raw Foundation.

Sam and James completed the 66-mile bike ride in less than 4 hours; an incredible effort on Sam’s part, that saw him gain the Gold standard for the ride.

The pair were determined from the start and were able to raise over £500 to help expand the online RAW Blue educational programme aimed to raise awareness about plastic pollution and change thinking and behaviour around plastic use.


On the edge for Raw: Abseiling Avon Gorge

Sarah and Zoe Nicholson, Nathan Quick, Kirsty Lefeuvre, Barnaby Redwood and Aimee Watson were our brave team willing to risk life and limb for this adrenaline-fuelled challenge.

Standing at the foot of the Gorge looking up, the enormity of what the team had agreed to take on hit us all. With nerves jangling our young adventurers pulled on their harnesses, listened intently to the safety briefing and headed off for their initial training.

However, despite all the nerves, worries and fears the group completed the challenge in great style. It was truly inspirational to see them conquer their phobias, especially Nathan and Zoe who were both terrified of heights.

The money raised was channelled into developing the Raw teaching and learning materials into an online educational pack for schools, colleges & universities.


Run for Raw

Carcoar, Australia

The sun was shining, the support was amazing and the terrain was challenging; however, in true Raw style Kirsty Smallwood gritted her teeth and battled through to complete her first Australian half marathon in aid of the foundation.

With a record number of entries and great weather predicted, Kirsty was in good company as she took on this challenging event. The half marathon course involved 21km of road, dirt and hills making its way over the saddle of Mount Macquarie before heading back to Carcoar.


Bath, United Kingdom

The Bath Half Marathon was a huge success! Glorious weather, fantastic company and the runners were truly inspirational!

Raw Foundation’s elite athletes James Dowdell, Jake Smith and Jack Allen donned their running shoes and lion costumes in memory of their greatly missed close friend Rory (Ror) Watson to raise awareness and funds for the foundation.

With true determination and gritted teeth they all completed the marathon in highly respectable times and raised vital funds that helped to launch the ‘Raw Blue Project’ – an educational programme to raise awareness about the true extent of plastic pollution.


Rollo’s ride: one man, one bike, one goal

Two days ahead of schedule Rollo Lewis, director of Bristol’s new design agency, Green Chameleon, rode into Vitoria-Gasteiz after completing an epic 1,182km solo bike ride across Europe in 13 days!

Starting in Bristol, Rollo’s journey took him through Nates, La Rochelle, Royan, Lacanau, Biscarrosse and many other beautiful towns and villages. He followed the stunning coastline all the way down to Spain, encountering some challenging mountainous regions as he crossed the border.

Rollo managed to raise an impressive £500 towards vital learning materials that will help to educate children throughout the UK on the realities around plastic waste.