Solving river plastic pollution with floating barriers

Plastic Fischer operates in rivers, because river plastic becomes ocean plastic. According to their statistics 80% Of Ocean Plastic comes from rivers, drains and the coastline. 1600 Rivers worldwide are responsible for the vast majority of marine plastic pollution. 

Plastic pollution kills millions of animals every year. Macroplastic breaks down into microplastic which is eaten by animals and through the food chain ends up on our plates.  

Plastic Fischer follows their 3L principle: Local, Low-Tech, Low-Cost.

They construct their technology from regionally available materials, cutting carbon emissions, costs and time. The engagement of local communities and labor enables them to create awareness and empower individuals to combat plastic pollution at its source.

By prioritising simplicity and low tech solutions, Plastic Fischer ensures that their TrashBooms can be operated, repaired, and maintained by a wide array of individuals, amplifying their impact exponentially.

Utilising locally sourced materials they are able to keep costs minimal while addressing a global crisis that demands large-scale intervention.

Their operation involves a swimming barrier designed to intercept the bulk of river plastic while allowing marine life to swim freely beneath. This modular, self-aligning solution, engineered by their experienced team, guarantees effective plastic collection without disrupting the natural ecosystem. 

Plastic Fischer has devised a crane system for faster removal of plastic debris. This approach minimises reliance on heavy machinery, streamlining operations while maintaining their core 3L principles.

Plastic Fischer currently works in regions where they can maximise their impact with available resources, with a primary focus on India and Indonesia.



Author: Sylvia Jacobs

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