Urban mermaid Lindsey Cole is combining two passions in her life:  raising awareness about plastic waste, and of course, being a Mermaid!  This November, Lindsey is setting off to swim 200 miles along the River Thames in Southern England.  Along the way she will be collecting plastic in an effort to show “how we’re choking our mermaids and creatures in our waters”.

Lindsey will be joined by artist, Barbara de Moubray, who will accompany her on a support boat.  The boat will be pulling a giant mermaid sculpture made of plastic bottles.

Lindsey and Barbara will be asking passers-by to litter pick along the river and put their findings into the mermaid. By the time they reach London, the sculpture will represent how much plastic is being put into the River Thames.

Over the month of November, Lindsey and Barbara will visit schools along the Thames to tell them about the plastic problem in the River Thames and to educate them on alternatives to plastic.

Lindsey said: “In 1950, the world's population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic, in 2016, a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic.

“The Urban Mermaid is a collaborative project and is supporting other eco warriors who already run initiatives.

"We’re asking passers-by to do a @2minutelittlepick, a nationwide concept."