Plastic Fischer – Floating barriers to collect river plastic

Plastic Fischer – Floating barriers to collect river plastic

Fighting river plastic with a low-tech, open-source technology

Most of the ocean plastic is washed into the sea through rivers. This is where Plastic Fischer comes into play. The purpose-driven startup has developed an open-source, low-tech solution which communities around the globe can use to stopp and collect river plastic. They are called TrashBooms. First  schemes have been successfully piloted in Bandung in Indonesia as well as in Bangalore in India. The next TrashBooms will be implemented in Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam. To empower as many communities as possible to participate, Plastic Fischer is developing third-party verified Plastic Credits as an innovative financing tool. Each plastic credit represents one ton of plastic that has been recovered from rivers. Companies who want to become “plastic-free” can purchase plastic credits in order to support their journey to become net-zero.

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Contribution to the 17 Global Goals

Life Below Water

Plastic Fischer prevents River Plastic from washing into the oceans and thus protects rivers and marine ecosystems

Industry, Innovation and Infrastrcture

Open-source technology which enables communities around the globe to collect river plastic.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Reuse of raw materials that until now have ended up as waste in the sea. Plastic Fischer contributes to a circular economy in places where this is particularly challenging.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Creation of new, secure jobs in low-income regions where the waste sector is often only informally organised

Partnerships for the Goals

Engaging the corporate sector by offering “Plastic Credits” as well as the Plastic Fischer Club to help the transition to a net zero economy.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Cleaning up rivers as an important source of water for cities and communities. Removing waste is a first step on which further initiatives to improve water quality can build

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Contribute to the solution of the waste problem by recycling and, where appropriate, using plastic waste for energy.