Today, Friday 1 March, a stunning tiger made completely out of recycled materials pounced on St Pancras International. The Veolia tiger is part of Tiger Tracks, a Save Wild Tigers campaign to raise awareness and funds for tigers in the wild.
Veolia Environnement commissioned artist Faith Bebbington to design and bring to life the five foot tiger, using recycled materials from Merseyside’s household recycling bins. Based on a female Bengali tiger, the sculpture was created through treating the bottles, designing the frame and hand sewing each piece of plastic on to create the ‘fur’ effect.
This purrfect plastic tiger:
• Is made from over 300 recycled milk bottles
• Took over 400 hours to create
• Sits on around 58,230 recycled cans
Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Executive Officer for Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc said “We are delighted to have the Veolia recycled tiger on location and to be part of such a worthy cause helping to highlight the vital action that is needed to save these stunning animals before they become extinct. Every year we help conserve valuable environmental resources, now it’s time to focus on biodiversity and the beauty and richness of nature which we all have a communal responsibility to protect.”
Faith Bebbington, the artist who designed and made the tiger said: “I strive to capture movement with my sculptures, whether it’s people running or a tiger stalking its prey. For this commission I have tried to create the feeling that the ‘Tiger’ is moving, capturing both its elegance and power.”
While many of the events across Tiger Tracks will be free, visitors to the station will be encouraged to help tigers by donating funds to the Save Wild Tigers initiative with all profits going to the Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) tiger conservation projects. There are an estimated 3,500 tigers left in the wild. If we do nothing wild tigers could be extinct within 10 years. If we act now we can double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.
For more information visit www.veolia.co.uk or join in the conversation on Twitter @Veolia_ES_UK #Veoliatiger.
For more information please contact:
Veolia Environmental Services
Tel: 020 7812 5038 or 07717274724
Or visit www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/veolia_es_uk
Notes to the Editor
About Veolia Environnement
We are extremely proud to be the main sponsor of Tiger Tracks, a wonderful event, which highlights the plight of tigers in Asia. Our involvement complements our commitment to both the environment and biodiversity, and demonstrates our willingness to support sustainable development across the planet. It also embodies our corporate values, including the preservation of natural resources and the very real need to inspire and educate people of all ages. With sustainable development at the heart of our strategy, we are well aware that environmental requirements will be far more stringent in tomorrow’s world, which is why we support a wide range of environmentally focused projects, initiatives and charities. Our research and technology expertise, combined with our involvement in numerous worthwhile and valuable projects, reflect our commitment to sustainable development worldwide. We hope this event will raise awareness and inspire people to enjoy and protect tigers and the richness of nature.
For further information, please visit the following websites: www.veolia.co.uk or www.veolia.com
Veolia Environmental Services is the UK’s leading recycling and waste management company employing over 12,000 people serving local authorities, business and industry. We provide the full range of integrated waste management services to over a third of the UK’s population and serve more than 65,000 commercial and industrial customers.
We are committed to protecting the environment and improving the lives of the communities in which we operate and have been awarded Platinum Rating in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index for 2012.
Veolia Environmental Services is part of Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE), the worldwide reference in environmental services. The company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in three complementary segments: water management, waste management and energy management. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €29.4 billion in 2012.
Further information can be obtained by visiting the websites:
About St Pancras International
Designed by William Barlow, St Pancras originally opened in 1868 and for its time was an engineering marvel - it was the largest enclosed space in the world and provided the grandest entrance into London.
Almost 150 years later, after a £800m restoration project, St Pancras International reopened in 2007 and has set new standards for railway stations. Now it is much more than just a station, with more shops than any other railway station, its own fresh produce market, the longest Champagne Bar in Europe and a Gastro Pub.
About HS1 Ltd
HS1 Ltd has the 30 year concession to own and operate High Speed 1, the UK’s first section of high speed rail as well as the stations along the route: St Pancras International, Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International. In November 2010, the DfT and London & Continental Railways sold HS1 Ltd to a consortium of Borealis Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
About The Born Free Foundation:
The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. We rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.
Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. Our high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. For more information about Born Free please visit: www.bornfree.org.uk
About Environmental Investigation Agency:
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a UK-based Non Governmental Organisation and charitable trust (registered charity number 1145359) that investigates and campaigns against a wide range of environmental crimes, including illegal wildlife trade, illegal logging, hazardous waste, and trade in climate and ozone-altering chemicals. www.eia-international.org
About Save Wild Tigers:
Save Wild Tigers is a global initiative set up by Simon Clinton in conjunction with 2 leading conservation charities, the Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). We have joined forces and are working together to end the illegal trade in tiger parts and protect wild tigers in their natural habitat wild.
Our mission is to provide urgent and ongoing targeted support for tiger conservation in a bid to combat and reverse the increasing threat of extinction that wild tigers face. Specifically –
• Raise awareness within Tiger range and non-Tiger range countries of the issues and actions required to save the wild Tiger.
• To raise significant funds to support global yet targeted Tiger conservation programmes throughout Tiger range countries.
Together we are working globally to provide a unified, focussed and coordinated programme of Tiger conservation initiatives including the Born Free Foundation's field projects which engage communities to help secure vital tiger habitat and keep wildlife in the wild; and EIA's investigations which protect the environment with intelligence by exposing the criminal networks that exploit the tiger trade to such deadly effect.