It’s no secret Gage Roads loves the coast. The strip of ocean between Fremantle and Rottnest inspired their brewery, and their care for the ocean runs deep.
Over the years, they’ve worked with a heap of like-minded people and organisations that share their passion for the sea. From Eco art, to beach clean ups, Gage Roads recognises the importance of doing their part and seeks to champion conversations around ocean health.
You’ll find artwork from local creative Vee Casey hanging proudly in their venue, Gage Roads Freo. Vee is an environmental artist who uses plastic and rope found on local Perth beaches to create colourful displays that raise awareness of ocean pollution. Her art supplies: plastic, rope and other traces of human life have not been cut or coloured, and are seen here just as they were found after their ocean journey. Vee hopes to help this pioneering art form become the new beach décor, turning ocean rubbish into art supplies, as a way of helping the world’s oceans and drawing awareness of this important issue.
At the end of 2022, the Gage team worked on a range of plastic neutral wetsuits with the legends at Project Blank. Project Blank is a community of green-minded ocean lovers, unified in their pursuit of a happier planet, who happen to make epic ocean apparel. Sustainability is at the heart of everything they do. That means cleaner manufacturing, bio-degradable packaging, and tangible partnerships that positively impact the environment & communities we live in.
RE.A Recycled Apparel
West Australian based clothing company, Re.a Recycled Apparel, also features in the Gage Roads merch range. Re.a seeks to re-purpose the waste products that are already infiltrating our oceans and landfill, and give them a second life as carefully designed, high quality apparel items.
Their range is made from a combination of post-consumer recycled cotton and post-consumer recycled plastic waste. They use as many recycled materials as they can in creating their products, so that their customers can make a choice to invest in clothing that supports our present needs as well as our future.
PLASTIC FREE WA
The Freo Brewpub recently partnered with Plastic Free WA, a project run by the Boomerang Alliance. Boomerang Alliance is a national peak not-for-profit formed in 2003 with the aim of a zero-waste society – to give local communities power in their struggle to stem the massive waste of discarded resources polluting our environment.
The goal of WA Plastic Free is to reduce single-use plastic packaging by engaging food outlets in WA and assisting them to switch to better alternatives. The Gage crew were awarded ‘Champion’ Status for their efforts in reducing single-use items at the venue
A project Gage is particularly passionate about is their ongoing partnership with the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), a key program coordinated by marine not for profit Tangaroa Blue Foundation, that helps clean our oceans and tracks their health. The partnership includes regular national beach clean-ups and financial support through new beer releases, while helping Tangaroa Blue uncover more data about the health of our oceans.
The Australian Marine Debris Initiative, through a network of volunteers, monitors the impacts of waste along our coastlines. Coordinated by Tangaroa Blue Foundation, the program was launched in 2004 and has since removed more than 16 million pieces of debris (1,369 tonnes) from Australian coastlines. But it doesn’t stop there. The debris is collected, with data recorded into a database which is used to track what debris items are being found and where they come from.
It really was a no brainer to work with these guys on creating an event where we can celebrate our shared love of the ocean, and present some of the most pressing issues facing our West Aussie coastline, allowing a space for candid conversations about what we can do as a community to move forward.