Fidra is a charity based in East Lothian, Scotland. We seek to address specific environmental issues which affect our community by informing and engaging wider dialogue at national and international levels.

 

Founded by Dr Becky Gait, Fidra was named after the local island, made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Initially Becky brought together a group of concerned parents and friends who bonded over a shared environmental passion.  Living by the sea they were naturally concerned about plastic litter on their beaches and began to focus on the then little-known problem of nurdles – tiny pellets, used in the manufacture of plastic products, which wash up on our shores.

Becky then formally established Fidra and the group launched The Great Nurdle Hunt – a means to document nurdle pollution and engage with industry and others.  Abi and Michelle were appointed as Trustees together with Becky and her husband, David.

Fidra harnessed the concerns of people living around the Firth of Forth, highlighting the issue across Scotland and then further afield, and used an evidence-based approach to encourage and enable plastics producers, users, transporters and trade associations to introduce best practice in plastic pellet management, Operation Clean Sweep.

Work on The Cotton Bud Project began in 2013 when Fidra began its’ successful engagement of the industry leader and other retailers who moved to paper sticks.

Whilst microplastics remain a key project, we have grown our capacity and expanded our remit and are now actively working on salmon aquaculture and chemical textile coatings. We are continually scoping new projects on emerging issues, demonstrating how action started at a local level can lead to wider environmental benefits.

Fidra uses scientific evidence and research best practice to achieve positive environmental change and depends upon the talent and dedication of its team of highly skilled staff to scope and deliver its projects.

The Directors and the Trustees play an instrumental role in growing and shaping the organisation and they are closely and actively involved in determining its strategic direction.

We are not a grant giving organisation, and regret that we are unable to respond to unsolicited requests for funding.

© Nick Archer