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[email protected] lifts Harper Macleod Award for Excellence in Natural Capital, Climate Change and Sustainable Communities

Durness-based social enterprise [email protected] won the Harper Macleod Award for Excellence in Natural Capital, Climate Change and Sustainable Communities at the SCDI’s Highlands and Islands Excellence Awards 2021.


They won the Harper Macleod for excellence in natural capital, climate change and sustainable communities for cleaning up plastic waste from north beaches and putting it to new use in anything from clocks to jewellery.


[email protected] was set up by Joan D’Arcy to tackle marine plastic pollution in north west Scotland. The organisation cleans up plastic waste from beaches and puts it to use in anything from clocks to jewellery, as well as monitoring, researching and providing educational outreach on plastic pollution.

Graeme Nisbet, Partner and Head of the Rural Economy team at Harper Macleod, presented the award. He said: “As a business  which has spent almost two decades in the region and which was recently described in the UK legal press as "only serious option" for those looking for a law firm here, due to our large team and highly-developed Highlands & Islands strategy, we’re delighted to support the awards. Not least because it gives us all the first real chance to celebrate successes which have taken place in the face of such challenges over the past 16 months.

“ We were also delighted to propose this category which puts our Natural Capital in the spotlight. Here in the Highlands, Islands and Moray we have so much of Scotland's Natural Capital and its sustainability is vital to the wellbeing of those who live and work here.. As tonight's award sets out, we believe all businesses & organisations must aim to deliver a positive impact - [email protected] is a fantastic organisation and very worthy winners of the award”

Video: HM Marine catches up with [email protected]

Chris Kerr, Head of Harper Macleod's Marine Economy team, caught up with co-founders Joan D’Arcy and Dr Julien Moreau to find out more about [email protected]’s mission, what it does in practice and its hopes for the future.

Watch the video

This year’s event was held online and hosted by comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan. You can see the full list of winners from the Awards here, with Dunnet Bay Distillers taking the SCDI Highlands and Islands chair's award for outstanding business achievement,


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