Plastic@Bay receive top environmental business award

At this year’s Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2021, Plastic@Bay won the Harper Macleod LLP Award for Excellence in Natural Capital, Climate Change, and Sustainable Communities. The Harper MacLeod Award celebrates businesses that preserve & enhance Scotland’s Natural Capital, by operating to ensure a positive environmental impact.

“ We were delighted to propose this category which puts our Natural Capital in the spotlight. Here in the Highlands, Islands and Moray we have so much of Scotland’s Natural Capital and its sustainability is vital to the wellbeing of those who live and work here.. As tonight’s award sets out, we believe all businesses & organisations must aim to deliver a positive impact – Plastic@bay is a fantastic organisation and very worthy winners of the award”

– Graeme Nisbet, Partner and Head of the Rural Economy team at Harper Macleod, presented the award

Plastic@Bay’s unique blend of environmental activism, conservation, and scientific research mixed with our community focused circular economy business models and, innovations in ocean plastic recycling, made us a clear winner.

“We would like to thank the people at Harper Macleod for recognising our commitment to cleaning plastic from the shores of NW Highlands and finding sustainable solutions to deal with the plastic pollution problem. We are totally motivated and focused to move forward with our current Innovate UK project to design low-tech recycling facilities in harbours of the Scottish Highlands, to recycle ocean plastic and end-of-life fishing gear.”

– Joan D’Arcy Co-Founder, Plastic@Bay

Chris Kerr, Head of Harper Macleod’s Marine Economy team, sat down for a chat with co-founders Joan D’Arcy and Dr Julien Moreau to find out more about Plastic@bay’s mission.

Watch the full interview here to find out, what we do, why we do it and our future visions to tackle ocean plastic pollution.