Living in the Baltic Sea

Art for a Reason

New collaboration

In October Art for a Reason began a collaboration with the Swedish company Paddla för livet (Paddle for life). They organize tours to collect garbage in northern seas and lakes by canoeing and diving. We will develop products together and disseminate information about the sea and its inhabitants to inspire to active engagement for a healthy sea. Art for a Reason interviewed the founder Tim Ekstam:

How did "Paddla för livet" start?
The idea began when some friends and I were paddling and spending a lot of time in the nature. It became a fun thing to collect garbage, there is so much, and we gathered more and more. I then started the company with this unique way to work for a better environment.

What is your main goal?
We want to contribute to a better environment with an active involvement and not just talk. We collect trash with environmentally friendly methods combined with outdoor recreation. We want to inspire and engage as many people as possible. Giving talks and lectures on what damage is done by human trash in the nature seems urgent.

What response have you received so far?
Quite overwhelming actually, we have received a lot of attention from TV and newspapers. Many people show an interest and want to help collect litter or wonder how they can contribute in other ways.

What is the worst thing you've seen on any of your expeditions? On a Baltic Sea beach I found a sticky black lump the size of a hamburger. It was piece of gluey oil that stuck to my hands, I was really disgusted. Other than that, we find a lot of plastic and half dissolved plastic that is very dangerous for the wildlife.

What is your future vision for the company? This will be an inspiring movement for all that we can take better care of our environment. We want to get more people to pick up garbage and we want to show what happens to human waste in the nature, and get people to stop littering. A cigarette butt in the sea poisons up to 10 m3 of water. This results in major damage to the plankton and small fish, which in turn are eaten by larger fish that humans eat.

Paddla för livet’s latest expedition took place this November during two weeks along the Swedish west coast where they collected over 600 kg of garbage! The expedition members were equipped with dry suits, diving masks, headlights, tents and their kayaks. The debris was collected by free diving of up to 20 m deep and along the shorelines. More at or Facebook.

« Like » the Paddle for Life on Facebook and they will pick one kg of trash!



Article in Sydöstran


Interview with our Artist

This Swedish publication presents Charlotte Nicolin's art and her involvement in the Baltic Sea wildlife. To read click on this link.



In January 2011 we initiated a collaboration with the Estonian biologist and geobotanist Peeter Vissak. Our common goal is to help protect and spread knowledge on the protected areas on and around several of the Estonian islands. These have a vital importance for a number of Baltic Sea birds that reproduce or stop here during their migrations. A part of our gains will go towards his work.
Vissak has worked with Nature Reserves in several different aspects; as a Manager, Scientific Re- searcher, Guide etc. He is also a Nature Photographer. More on his work here.

9 new species

As of December 2010 we have added 7 new species. The four fish are Brill, Burbot, Roach and Round Goby, two mammals; Otter and Human being, one Bird; the Osprey. Along with these we join two algea; Pterothamnion Plumula and Stackhouse Frond. Please visit the Artwork & Sea Life Facts for information on these.


Stockholm Archipelago Fair

Stockholm Archipelago Fair – Skärgårdsmässan and Baltic Meeting Days 28 - 30 May 2010

Welcome to visit us at this splendid location. We will exhibit a number of our products and we will be happy to meet you and give you some first hand information about Living in the Baltic Sea’s products and our activity.

The Archipelago Fair in The Royal Djurgården is since 1989 one of the most appreciated events in Stockholm with more than 50 000 visitors. It is an exhibition of the Swedish Archipelago, but also tourism in the countries around the whole Baltic Sea. The fair is also a meeting point for cooperation between countries in the Baltic region about culture, industrial life and trade.
Address: Wasahamnen - Stockholm - Sweden

For more information on the Fair: