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Bath workers commute 20 miles to work in a canoe for 'Clear Air Day'

Three Bath commuters made the Avon river their route into work on 20th June, when they paddled to the office in a canoe.

The trio of committed canoeists are members of staff at Bath based renewable energy provider Pure Planet who encouraged their staff, and other Bath businesses, to make a carbon-free journey into work in support of Clean Air Day.

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Pure Planet staff members Tom Greeves, Al Osmond and Dominic Cross having travelled 10 miles to work in a canoe, from Trowbridge to their office in Bath

Chief among Pure Planet’s conscientious commuters are Al Osmond, 43, and his two colleagues, Tom Greeves and Dominic Cross.

The trio took Al’s three-man Canadian canoe from his home in Bradford-upon-Avon all the way into Bath where Pure Planet’s riverside office is located. Tom and Dom cycled 3-4 miles from Trowbridge to meet Al at his house by the river, before they all set off at 6.30am. They completed a 10 mile paddle to work before, arriving on time at 9.30.

Adventurous Al said what turned out as a joke about his commuting options has now become a challenge which he hopes will encourage others to think about their carbon footprint. Knowledge Specialist Al said: “I’ve been out in my canoe along the river a few times, but never to work.

“It started off as a bit of a joke that I could get to the office via the river when we moved to our new office. I mentioned it to the team and it just escalated, now it’s for real.

“It’s been a  great challenge, but I think the whole principle of Clean Air Day is that you don’t just have to take one mode of transport to work.

“I’ve recently got a fold up bike and on my way home from work I’ll take the train and then cycle home from the train station. It’s all about multimodal ways of getting into work. Trains, planes and automobiles but just without the carbon. You don’t have to get wet like us!”

Pure Planet also had staff walking, running and cycling into work, with some staff driving to the office in their electric vehicles. All were treated to a vegan breakfast to when they arrived to work.

Steven Day, co-founder of Pure Planet, said the initiative was a popular event with staff members who share the company’s ethos of creating a cleaner better world.

This is the second year we’ve taken part in Clean Air day with our Carbon Free Commute. It’s hugely popular with our team and so this year we’ve shared it wider, with fellow businesses across Bath.

– Steven Day, co-founder of Pure Planet

“Of course, you don’t have to paddle 20 miles to work to do your bit for the environment, walking to the next bus stop, cycling to the train station instead of driving, it all makes a difference.

“And for those that want to help the planet all year round, powering your home with renewable energy saves around 4 tonnes of carbon being pumped into the air for the average home.

“It’s easy, it’s clean and you’ll probably save money too.”