1000 km 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.
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.
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.