Electrolux and 5 Gyres Seek Crew Member to Join Sea Expedition

by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström Jan 5, 2011

If you don’t get seasick easily, can swim 200m, lift 1/3 of your body weight, and can work odd hours, this might be the expedition for you. You will be joining a team of researchers from 5 Gyres who’ve partnered with Electrolux (yes, the vacuum cleaner company) on an environmentally-responsible cause: gathering harmful plastic from the South Atlantic ocean.

Here’s more on the expedition:

To inspire people in solving the plastic paradox and bring awareness to the plastic environmental situation, one of the world’s largest home appliance makers, Electrolux, has with the help of organizations gathered plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea and turned the gathered plastic into five unique vacuum cleaners.

The global initiative aims to bring attention to the issue of plastic pollution and at the same time combat the scarcity of recycled plastics needed for making sustainable home appliances.

The selected crew member will join the expedition which leaves the Beagle Channel on March 3rd, sailing for 11 days before reaching Valdivia, Chile on March 14th.

To be considered, you need to :

· Have a genuine interest in environmental issues, particularly in plastic marine pollution

· Be a experienced writer and photographer

· Be a team player who’s willing to do his share of crew duties (helping with shifts, cooking, cleaning and assisting researches when needed)

· Not get seasick easily

· Able to swim 200m

· Able to lift 1/3 their body weight

· Prepared to work odd hours

· Speak functional English

The application deadline is January 31st so send in yours using the guidelines below. Check out The Vac from the Sea blog for more details.

How to apply

Anyone who wants to become a crew member on the expedition can apply by recording a short film in which he or she tells their name, place of living, why exactly he or she is suited and how their presence would contribute to the journey.

The film should be placed on Youtube and the link sent to electrolux@vacfromthesea.com

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