Speakers Profile - Tim Silverwood

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Tim Silverwood is an ordinary guy who somehow found himself at the forefront of a global movement. His personal decision to clean plastic from his favourite surfing beaches and inspire others to do the same has led him down an extraordinary path of scientific exploration, advocacy and activism.

Following years spent studying sustainability and working in the not for profit sector Tim co-founded the organisation, ‘Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative’ in 2009 that asks everyone to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere.

Through his passionate advocacy and unrelenting enthusiasm for creating positive change Tim has helped inspire the broader populace to take simple yet fundamental steps towards ‘true’ sustainability.

In 2011 Tim participated in an exclusive research expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sailing 5000km from Hawaii to Vancouver to study and document the accumulation of plastic in remote oceans. Tim continues to raise awareness globally on the complex and frightening problem of plastic pollution. Tim conducted a popular TEDx talk in 2011, regularly engages with the media on the issue and consults to government and industry on practical solutions to the problem.

Tim is a Director and founder at ReChusable, an eco-enterprise that aims to provide sustainable alternatives to disposable products.

Tim was announced as the NSW Government 'Sustainability Champion' at the 2014 Green Globe awards for his commitment to sustainability in the State. Tim is co-founder of the Plastic Bag Free NSW campaign, a spokesperson for the Boomerang Alliance campaigning for better recycling and lends his skills to many projects around the world striving to reduce the impacts of waste on the environment.

Tim has facilitated over 200 educational seminars to schools, universities, businesses, community groups and government departments since 2011. Tim has an insatiable appetite to inspire positive change, witnessed in the growing success of his outreach activities and testimonials from leading figures.