But that is not all. Besides preventing single-use mouthguards and thus litter, Retulp would like to contribute to cleaning this up. We are proud partner of the charity club Kakatua. For every mouth mask sold, more than a kilo of plastic will be collected from the rivers by the floating arms, to prevent the plastic from flowing into our oceans. By purchasing a Remask mouth mask, you are not only helping to prevent single-use waste in the Netherlands, but you are also ensuring that more than one kilo of waste in problem countries does not float into our oceans. A win-win situation!
But why specifically this cooperation? As said Retulp is committed to preventing the plastic soup in the oceans. Prevention is better than recycling. Unfortunately, in many problem countries it is already too late and kilos of plastic are flowing into the ocean every day via the rivers. According to a 2017 study, just ten rivers are responsible for over ninety percent of all plastic waste in the oceans. This is what the project is working on together with Club Kakatua. Together with locals, they have been working since 2020 to prevent plastic from drifting into the ocean via rivers. This is achieved by stopping floating objects in the form of arms from catching plastic waste in rivers so that it does not flow into our oceans. Between August 2020 and January 2021, they have already intercepted 125,000 kilos(!) of plastic waste. This is done in places like Bali, where in a river near Bukit, 20,000 kilos have already been removed in four days, just before the discharge into the ocean. This plastic waste is recycled as much as possible.