TAP – Arran

An update on TAP Arran, and Albatross film showing

Think About Plastics – Arran (TAP) took shape at the Coast screening of A Plastic Voyage in February. A steering group was formed there to help gain Arran Plastic Free Coastline status under Surfers Against Sewage guidelines. This website  gives more information about plastic free status and what else TAP is aiming for. TAP will be liaising with hotels, restaurants and cafes, shops, local government, schools and many community organisations to encourage them to avoid single use plastics as far as possible and to help people make plastic clever choices.

TAP was delighted to receive a wonderful donation of £500 from the Brodick Co-op, when it opened after refurbishment in March. This has enabled TAP to plan a pilot scheme of supplying B&Bs and hotels with stainless steel bottles, with TAP logo, to lend to guests, in place of plastic water bottles. Guests can either return the bottles or buy them at cost. Following the pilot TAP hopes to roll out the scheme across Arran hotels and B&Bs.

In conjunction with COAST, TAP now plans to show the film Albatross, just released by artist and film maker Chris Jordan. Through many trips over eight years to Midway in the Pacific, a major breeding island for albatrosses, he and his team observed the devastating effects of plastics on these magnificent birds, and their young. Slowly they became trusted and were gifted with intimate footage of every stage of their cycles of life, death, and birth. Chris says: I wanted to experience the birds on their terms, imposing as few human judgments or preconceptions on them as possible.

My wish was not only to tell the factual story of the albatrosses from an observational standpoint, but to convey the intensely vivid sensual, emotional, and spiritual experience of being with them on the island. My time with these magnificent beings was an internal experience as much as an external one, infused with often-overwhelming levels of beauty, lyricism, mystery, reverence, grief, and joy.

Albatross will be shown on Saturday 23rd June at 7.00 pm at the Arran High School. There will be no charge but any donations will be welcome, both to cover the cost of venue hire and to share between the film maker (who has gifted the film to the world and is making no charge), TAP and COAST.
TAP Steering Group consists of committed volunteers from across Arran life, including both NAC councillors who live on Arran, Mark Harwood of the Co-op, and representatives from both Eco Savvy and COAST, while the Chair, Helen How, runs a B&B in Lamlash. They are working hard to agree a constitution and go for charitable status!

Sue Weaver