London-Paris expedition 2024

After the Oslo-London expedition 2023 I will be surfing from London to Paris in summer 2024, to promote disposit on plastic bottles and cans

Kick Off

Campaign for disposit systems in Europe

The Oslo-London expedition 2023 was the first major action by which I committed to expanding deposit schemes in Europe. Deposits are the best way to prevent litter and enable reuse of resources. Now I'm moving on: from London to Paris in summer 2024.
With high-profile expeditions, like the surfing trip Oslo-London (1800 km), I use to get a lot of media attention, which helps getting in touch with politicians and give them a big push in the right direction.

Surfing and supping to the Eiffel Tower

On June 22, I will leave London windsurfing towards Paris with an alternative Olympic Torch, containing plastic litter bottles from the Seine. I will cross the English Channel windsurfing and will surf along the French coast to the mouth of the Seine.

From Le Havre, I will continue supping to Paris, where I will be welcomed by Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, at the Eiffel Tower on june 11. To her I will hand over the alternative Olympic Torch.

Along the way, with my torch in hand, I will speak to recyclers, environmental organizations, politicians and mayors about litter solutions. I also hope to inspire groups in towns and cities along the coast that are fighting plastic litter and plastic soup to continue this on full speed.

Deposit leads to a quick litter reduction

graph showing the results of the Introduction of deposits in the Netherlands

As with the Oslo-London expedition, the main goal is to promote a bottle deposit system. Deposits are the best way to combat litter. In the Netherlands, litter from plastic bottles and cans was reduced by 80% in a short period of time when deposits were placed on them.

Other goals include:
- raise awareness of the litter problem
- promote the reuse of materials
- highlight innovations in the field of reuse
- demonstrate best practices in the field of litter control and recycling

The Torch

The alternative Olympic Torch that I will present to the mayor in Paris was designed and made by Maria Koijck, a well-known Dutch artist who works extensively with litter.

The torch resembles the Olympic Torch and is made of transparent plastic filled with two plastic litter bottles from the Seine (Paris).

Biodegradable Mycelium Surf Board

My board is made of recycled and degradable materials:

  • Plastic bottles I found in the River Thames (London) and the River Seine (Paris)
  • Recycled polystyrene foam (EPS)
  • Mycelium: Ultra thin mushroom threads that make long connections and grow into a rock-solid degradable layer - this network of mycelium threads holds the bottles and styrofoam together to shape the board
  • A skin of waterproof bio-based epoxy

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