Take action

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

Sign and share our #TaxPlasticPolluters Campaign to call for a tax on single-use plastic producers and demand that they cut the amount they produce and sell by half by 2025.

Alternatively, find us at Glastonbury Festival 2019!

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.

Go Back

Raw in Africa 2016/17

Cairo to Cape Town: Exploring Africa’s plastic footprint.

We did it – but the journey is far from over!

Leading a world’s first expedition, Melinda Watson set off to explore the length of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, to shine a global Spotlight on the scale and peril of plastic pollution.

The key purpose of this pioneering journey was to track the world’s plastic footprint in some of the most extraordinary and remote landscapes in order to raise awareness about the true extent of ‘transboundary’ plastic pollution and inspire action worldwide.

What types and quantities of plastic waste were there? Where did they originate? What were the impacts? What is being done about it and what are the solutions?

Over 17,000 kms, bush-camping all the way and recording rubbish every 100kms, Melinda dived into dangerous rubbish dumps, located landfill sites, surveyed source to sea debris, opened government official doors, met waste ministers, reviewed reuse and recycling initiatives, carried out beach cleans, probed into pristine environments, tapped into tribal wisdom, collaborated and created lasting links.

Passionate about the need for urgent, effective and suitably radical responses to our plastic challenge, Melinda’s adventure-with-purpose story combines an engaging message and a strong call to action.

Why was this important?

One of the difficulties with responding to the problem of plastic waste lies in locating responsibility for its impacts. More research was needed to identify sources and locate areas where policy can have the greatest impact.

A major concern is that so much plastic waste ends up in every part of our marine environment, with dramatic concentrations being found in the five major ocean gyres. The vast majority of what’s found in the sea originates from the land – from sewage, storm drains, waterways, beach and coastal litter, as well as dumping, industrial activities and landfill sites.

The collection of plastic data from Africa allowed us to come up with effective solutions to reduce plastic waste, review the effectiveness of existing legislation and compare approaches from different parts of the continent.

We want to keep plastic out of our oceans and eliminate single-use plastics by 2030!

The Raw Team

Melinda Watson MSc, FRGS team-leader, is a sea lover, teacher, campaigner, designer, mother and activist, recently awarded an Earth Champion ‘Change Agent’ award. A publication includes Materials Awareness’ in The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: skills for a changing world. She is the Founder of Raw Foundation, a campaigning organization targeting all types of disposable waste.

Alexander Mourant is a freelance photographic artist, graduating from BA (Hons) Photography at Falmouth University in 2017. He regularly undertakes commissioned work whilst pursuing personal projects. His practice revolves around the continuous nature of experience, largely in a response to his time spent with Raw Foundation in Africa.

Laurence Hall videographer, is Director of Laurence Hall Ltd, a commercial media production and consultation company, specialising in dynamic video content to produce inspiring stories. He is also Co-Director of Handshake Productions CIC, a not-for-profit digital media production and training company. Handshake Productions also run The Great Primate Handshake expeditions across Africa.

Steve Newsway driver, is a mechanic extraordinaire and true bushman from Oasis Overland Ltd, who are UK based experts in expedition logistics, covering trips in Africa, South America, Central Asia and Europe. Responsible for vehicle maintenance and all aspects of driving, his off-the-beaten track experience and knowledge was invaluable.

The journey

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.