+1000km paddling down the river Rhine

From Source to Sea

Long distance expedition on SUP board made from plastic litter to high-light the role of our rivers as a major source of plastic pollution. Rivers are a major source of plastic waste into the oceans. Rivers are accountable voor 80% of the plastic pollution.

1000km down the Rhine

By paddling down the iconic river Rhine we wanted to focus the attention to the rivers as one of the major sources of plastic pollution. They are accountable for 80% of the plastic waste spilling into our oceans and seas.  It is estimated that over 1000 rivers for  are accountable for 0.8 – 2.7 million metric tons per year, with small urban rivers amongst the most polluting. 

It is your own back yard where the ‘Plastic Soup’ originates. Rivers transport mismanaged waste, litter and many tons of micro-plastics to our seas and oceans.During the challenging +1000 kilometer expedition we visited stakeholders, specialists and were able to spread our message via several regional and national media along the banks of the river Rhine. The 'plastic waste board' was made by the Science Center of the Technical University of Delft and is exhibited there.

See the documentary on the expedition here.

I am not accusing plastics, I am accusing the way we handle plastics

49 minutes. 2018 English spoken. Subs in NL and DE

The documentary on the expedition

Director Eelke Dekker followed the Plastic Soup Surfer on his expedition down the Rhine. He meets specialists, helps in organised river cleanups on the embankments and visits waste water treatment plants and recycling installations.

See the movie here.

In the expedition stand up paddles down the Rhine from it's pristine source in the mountains of Switzerland all the way down to the North Sea. A physical challenge that requires strength, willpower and perseverance. Crucial to his mission is his surfboard made from plastic litter. A prototype design that is necessary to tell the plastic pollution story. But is proofs very hard to build. As the expedition unfolds the campaign is under pressure by the things he learns along the way.

The premiere was held in Pathe Buitenhof The Hague January 2018

Thereafter it was screened oover 50 times that year in different venues. From the national parlaiment building to the UN headquarters and National Geographic Channel to Heineken headquarters.

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