'I wanted to have an immediate reaction': Un_rap founder completes 300 mile zero waste hike for charity
By Joseph Macey
16th Sep 2021 | Local News
Hannah Pearce, the founder of Falmouth based plastic-free shop Un_rap recently completed a 300 mile zero waste hike, walking the South West Coast Path.
All proceeds from the walk are going towards the Cornwall based charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).
You can make a donation here.
Hannah told Nub News:
"I have always wanted to do more and because of the stress of Covid and we worked all the way through when things calmed down and my staff were back I just took the opportunity to get some space.
"I couldn't leave the country so I chose Cornwall and decided to do it as waste-free as possible, 100% plastic-free but this time I was camping so I knew it would be harder, also it was following on from the pictures of Durdle Door and Bournemouth Beach with all the public conveniences being shut and people were just leaving their rubbish on the beach which really angered me.
"I wanted to have an immediate reaction to that and I wanted to prove we can enjoy the beaches without any waste."
Three years ago (2017) Hannah took on a 500-mile hike across Spain refusing all single-use plastics, but how does Kernow compare?
"The elevation here, round the coast of Cornwall is insane. It was a very different experience this time because I was camping as well, in Spain you can stay in hostels so I was carrying a lot more gear, putting up my tent every night, I would say it is a lot more gruelling on my body because of the hills and the weight I was carrying.
"Hiking just slows you right down and helps you appreciate the small things in life because when you are working all the time and running a business it is a very fast pace of life I am always on the go so it helps just slow everything down and reminds you what is important."
Hannah made meals at home, dehydrated them and packed them in reusable containers to be able to reheat them on the trail, to eliminate as much waste as possible.
Toiletries were also eco friendly taking a bamboo toothbrush, cardboard deodorant stick, compostable plasters.
The fundraising target was set at £600 but has now exceeded £1,242.
"I am blown away with the support really, it is just great lots of people want to support Surfers Against Sewage and believe in the idea."